Category Archives: History

The Soundtrack to Change

Author’s Note: This article contains links to Youtube clips so that you may listen to the music. I have also added links for to further reading and more detailed information about lyrics and origins of particular songs. This is the unabridged article that was published for Fulbright Korea Alumni Relations. This article is a continuation of my […]

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A Time for Protest

The world is watching South Korea. I am watching too. Politics has saturated into my daily life in South Korea. It comes in snippets of news I hear from taxi radios and public televisions. It filters through whispers in the gyomushil 1 . I see it in the impertinent remarks made by students attempting to be […]

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Where I Pretend I’m in a Historical Korean Drama

There are many famous hanok villages in Korea, but arguably one of the most famous and well-preserved is located in Jeonju (전주한옥마을). So what do you do on a Saturday when you have nothing planned? Take a bus ride to your nearest hanok village with a friend, convince her to wear hanbok with you so […]

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Christmas/New Years in Seoul

Since Christmas isn’t celebrated (although I kinda did celebrate it with my host family) we decided to celebrate together. Of course any meetup usually happens in Seoul. Most of my friends from Orientation are spread to all four corners: as far north as Hwacheon (it actually lies above the 38th parallel) and as far south […]

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An Embassy Thanksgiving

The closest Korea gets to Thanksgiving is Chuseok, which was celebrated earlier this fall. You can check out my previous posts on this here and here. This was the first Thanksgiving that I have missed and haven’t been with my family. It’s been difficult with all of these holidays and being so far from home, […]

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Gyeongju Conference

This past weekend was spent at the Fall Fulbright Conference hosted in Gyeongju city. The city was the old capital of the ancient Silla Dynasty, and is a very historically important city. In between lectures, group discussions, and more conference stuff, we were able to get out a little and tour a little of the […]

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South Korea and Japan

The video above is a great overview of the modern tensions that exist between South Korea and Japan. Lately, I have run into a number of issues, especially while teaching. One Wrong Map One of my lessons this month works with a map of Korea. I thought I knew about a lot of the “hot […]

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Visit to Independence Hall

With still another day of Chuseok remaining, my host eonni and oppa (언니 & 오빠) decided to leave the kids with their grandparents and out of the house with me. Since we were in Cheonan visiting extended family, they took me to the Independence Hall of Korea (Korean: 독립기념관). It is a massive Korean history […]

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