Veteran

You’ve Got Seoul- Korean War Vet’s Spirit Buoyed by Pen Pal: Metro News

Remembrance Day is held in Canada every November 11th to pay homage to the sacrifices made by war veterans. Often forgotten is the Korean War, which claimed the lives of hundreds of Canadian soldiers. Overshadowed by both World Wars and the Vietnam War, Canada’s and Canadian’s role in the Korean War is often misunderstood and under-appreciated at Remembrance ceremonies. This article, published by Metro News Canada, tells the story of one Korean War veteran who’s personal path to peace involved a pen pal relationship with a Korean woman. The article gives a glimpse into the lives of Canadian Korean War veterans, and is a reminder that the effects of the Korean War are still felt by Canadians and Koreans alike. To read the article, please download here.


Why The Korean War Has Been "Forgotten"

This past Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice that ended the hostilities between North and South Korea.  Lasting from 1950-1953, the war that was catalyzed by conflicting negotiations over the reunification of post-World War II divisions resulted in over 2.8 million casualties, separated tens of thousands of families, and left both Koreas in shambles. 

Despite these tragedies, the war is often referred to as "the Forgotten War" since the majority of the world quickly lost interest in the fighting soon after it began, mostly due to the fact that the war was unable to produce any positive political outcomes.


Memorial Day/현충일

June 6th marks the 58th Memorial Day in commemoration of the sacrifices made during the Korean War and others. In Busan, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, some well into their eighth decade, gathered just inside the entrance of the UN Memorial Cemetery, greeting visitors, answering questions and re-telling their stories of sacrifice, hardship and honor in their involvement as soldiers. The cemetery is decorated with the altars of hundreds of young men not only from Korea, but from other United Nations countries such as Canada, the United States and Australia, among many others. Despite the intense heat, veterans and visitors payed their respects, offering moments of silence with their heads bowed as the ceremony took place.


Teaching English in Korea from 2 Veterans of the Game


Today is Korean Memorial Day so me and some friends decided to hit the beach and have a relaxing day. Both guys are ESL teachers and have been at this for a LONG time. I always like talking to people like these guys about teaching because there's no end to the amount of information and perspective I can get from them.
Dominic actually runs his own website for everything surrounding teaching in Korea from documentation, visas, jobs and freelance writing. Check it out: http://domscafe.com/

Alien Bees and Deadly Force in Korea


For those of you thinking teaching English in Korea will be a sane and organized experience all the time should watch this video. My morning math class quickly took a turn for the worse on this particular day...
In case you're wondering...it was just a toy!

Funky Cool Water Fountain in South Korea

Some ESL teacher friends met for the opening weekend of this fantastic water fountain show at Dadaepo Beach in Busan. It's much more impressive in person, but this will give you an idea of how cool it is.

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