being korean

On “2.5 Oyajis” with YouTube’s Japan Vlogging King, Gimmeaflakeman

If you are interested in traveling and teaching in either Korea or Japan, your search will ultimately lead you to Gimmeaflakeman.  Victor is possibly the most recognizable figure in J-vlogging, so it was a pleasant surprise and honor to be asked to be part of his show “2.5 Oyajis”.

Along with Hikosaemon, also of Japan, the two lead a periodic show where they interview characters who live abroad as they do. They share stories and insights and provide for an entertaining but highly informational show. It was great to chew the cud for an hour with them covering topics such as South Korea’s relationship with Japan, my North Korean heritage, and North Korea in general.


3 Female Teachers Talk About Dating, Racism, and Safety in Korea

One thing I’ve learned through blogging and vlogging over the past two years is that there are a lot of questions about life as an expat teaching English in Korea.

They are all different and they comes from all ages, races, and backgrounds. Among the questions about food, qualifications, documentation, and who Korean girls like most are those from female teachers inquiring about dating, racism, and safety.

Dating:
This is a danger zone topic I learned the hard way through my HIGHLY controversial vlog, DO NOT Teach English in Korea if You Are These Types of People.


Young Korean Girls Have Surgery to Look More White (Reaction)

I watch too many YouTube videos just like the next guy.  There's no shortage of any kind of video you're looking for.  Every niche, genre, angle is covered.  Hence, the reason for watching too many videos.  I am usually a silent shopper though - I "stick and move".  I don't typically leave comments unless I'm really moved to.  Maybe because I try to answer viewer comments on my own channel I feel commented-out.  The other day I saw this video that moved me.

5½ Tweaks to Daily Life in Korea I Highly Recommend

Here's a little light-hearted (but true!) ranting for the weekend.  Over the past year and a half I've learned to navigate some of the...nuances of everyday life in a major South Korean city.  The quirks about the culture can take you by storm and catch you off guard just when you're seemingly having a great day.  Everything is fine, then it happens.  One of those quirks.  What's the best thing to do?

Here's my take on the biggies in my own life and how I've adjusted my actions when encountering them.


The China Variable in the North Korean Conflict

Lately it seems like everywhere you look you're faced with a new story about North Korea's latest antics.  They just can't seem to put a top on it.  Now as things are heating up at the border of North and South Korea, many questions are coming to head.  What is going to happen?  Can North Korea back up their threats?  How are they allowed to act this way in this day and age, in that region of the world?  It's just crazy.

Being an Older Non-Korean Korean in Korea

Life for me is slightly different than for most of the foreign teachers here in Korea.  Many people wonder and ask me about two things quite frequently:  getting a job as an older teacher, and being Korean (or asian in general) in Korea.  Things that someone out of college a few years simply doesn't need to think about.  Yes, being/getting older has it's pluses and minuses.

I talk about how fitting in, dating, getting a job and speaking the language are affected by being Korean, and furthermore - being an ajushi!

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