Category Archives: Personal

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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Teacher Tales: Vignettes of Teaching Middle School in Korea

From almost the beginning of school, I have been posting statues on Facebook and Instagram about life at school accompanied with #TeacherTales. This is an year’s worth accumulation of my “Teacher Tales” which has created memorable vignettes of my life teaching at middle school, in South Korea and all the ups and downs in-between. 

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Japan with my Parents (Part 2)

The previous post was about the first part of my travels in Japan with Shiori. Half way through my parents, flying from the USA, finally came to visit me!!! We had decided since they’d already seen much South Korea back in 2004, that we should meet up in another country. Although my dad had already […]

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Traveling Japan (Part 1)

After the difficulty of negotiating dates throughout December and desk-warming for a week, I was excited to finally stretch my wings and go to my first planned winter destination: Japan (January 7 to 20). Overview Part 1 of the Winter Break: I spent five days visiting, Shiori, a good friend from college who had been […]

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Happy Lunar New Year!

새해 복 많이 받으세요~ Happy Lunar New Year! Throughout many Asian countries, today marked the start of the New Year of the Monkey! In Korea, it’s called Seollal (Hangul: 설날). This holiday is one of the most significant, including Chuseok. Here, the celebration lasts three days: the day before Korean New Year day, Korean New Year […]

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That Middle School Teacher Life

For reasons beyond me, not only does school not end after finals, but graduation is an entire month after the normal school year ends. This is the norm for most Korean schools. The last day of “normal” class was the 1st week of December. Then there was two weeks of final exams, followed by a […]

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Ending a Semester: Yeosu and Odongdo Island

Today was the last day of the “normal” semester. This past week of teaching has been crazy. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the finals aren’t the last week of school. There’s still 1-2 weeks after finals that students need to attend. During this time, the graduating 3rd students prepare watch movies, play games, practice dance […]

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