The Glass is Half Full (of BS)

"You're so positive! You really have a bright outlook on things!"

So say coworkers and acquaintances, but it's not something I ever really considered to be one of my defining personality traits. Sarcastic, judgmental, with a tendency to complain-- yes, yes, and (according to my mother) yes. But positive, glass-is-half-full gal? Is that really me?

Well, yes and no. Living in a foreign country is a lot harder than you'd expect. Things that should be easy are difficult, every little chore seems a bit more exhausting, and it's easy to begin to feel beaten down and victimized. When your class is canceled, or a taxi driver won't stop for you, or the store stops carrying that familiar brand from home, it's so easy to take it personally, to feel that your school or the country or even the world is against you.

Stories of Seoul: Amber

The second video in the Stories of Seoul series is quite the tear jerker. Bring out the tissues...

The other day I had a conversation with a Korean university friend and he mentioned that he would be afraid to go to Itaewon because of transgender people. Hopefully watching this video will enlighten him a bit?

Stories of Seoul: June

This is a great project going on now. There will be four videos, with new videos added weekly. Have a look.


For Your Listening Pleasure: Dana Stallard's Lost and Found Daughter

The Moth, a New York non-profit that promotes story-telling, posted an audio recording in early March by Dana Stallard, who describes her coming out experience with her family in up-state New York and her birth-family in South Korea. You can check it out at

Stories from Korea Ep. 1: Lost and Found

This month marks 3 years of living in Korea. I cant believe how quickly the years have gone by! When I think in years, it doesn’t seem like that much time has actually passed. When I think of my first day in Korea–arriving in Seoul around 5am on a Saturday, people still partying from the night before outside of my officetel, not knowing a word of korean, grabbing the only thing that seemed familiar to eat(cup ramyeon)–all of that seems like forever ago. So much has happened since then, and I’m so glad we have our videos to look back on and remember the things we’ve experienced in Korea.

What’s in My Bookcase?

This is a permanent collection. There’s a lot going on here. A lot of history. Not that many history books mind you.These shelves contain a few stories in the own right, and plenty of memories of friends who have left Korea among other stories.

The most significant feature in my apartment is probably the bookshelf. It’s a tall double-rowed case five bays high, but we’ve pushed it down on its side and it functions now as a room longth mantle piece where our television and family pictures now sit. Each of the book shelf bays is full, although not completely with books.

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