The image says everything about how I’m feeling, tbh.
It might be of value to know that I identify as a cis-gendered, straight, Black and Latina woman. I really miss Korea. I’ve been back in the States since August of 2013 (by way of Spain from July-August 2013), and for awhile, I was excited to be home. I mean, I still am happy to… Continue reading 외로움. The kind of loneliness when you’re surrounded by friends.
It was a very eventful day for a dark-skinned foreigner in Seoul. Well, for me, at least. I dont know why, but Korea really wanted to entertain me today. The following situations all occurred today within a 8 hour period. During Korean class, my teacher was talking about how Koreans think that physical appearance is… Continue reading Segregation, Gangnam Style, and Candy, oh my!
Ahh, cultural differences. The topic of the week for my Korean class! So, when our teacher asked us what was surprising to us about Korean culture when we first got here, her attention went to me. I can’t say that I didn’t expect that. I’d like to think that there are more cultural differences between… Continue reading It’s funny you think that.
It happened again, everyone. I got my picture taken. Again. By other foreigners. In a foreigner-filled amusement park. I don’t understand. I threw up a peace sign and put on my brightest smile. I hope they were happy. But yeah, we were at Everland (the foregeiner-filled amusement park) and we were sitting down after a… Continue reading Sticking out.
There’s just so much that goes on here that is pretty darn offensive, in my opinion. The things said, some offensive caricatures of people of other cultures, even racist masks…no, but really. Anyways in Korea’s defense, I don’t think they really know any better, honestly. The vast majority of the exposure they have of other… Continue reading Cultural Tidbit #2: Mee-ouch that’s offensive.
Ladies and gents, classes have officially started. My main purpose of going to Korea was to learn Korean, so I’m enrolled in the afternoon intensive Korean program at the Korean Language Education Center (KLEC) here at Sogang and am also taking Political Psychology. Poli Psy (I’m super clever, huh?) will be interesting because of the… Continue reading This could get awkward. Oh wait, it already is.