Twenty-five years ago this month, I taught my last class at ELS, a language school in Seoul near Kangnam subway station. On November 27, 1992, I said goodbye to my colleagues at ELS and left for Kimpo. I would be back six weeks later, teaching at Yonsei University’s Foreign Language Institute. The two years I […]
One of my prized possessions is a 1979 issue of National Geographic that I bought on eBay to remind me of what it was like to come to Korea in 1990. It was late summer 1990. Iraq had invaded Kuwait, Die Hard 2 and Ghost were two of the summer’s hottest movies, and I had […]
Who cares if this was taken in March. It’s still snow. It still looks like winter.
Literally. This was my first morning in Korea, December 8, 1990. My apartment, which was located in Chamsil 2-Danji (in the background you can see 5-Danji), would be home for the next two years.
It’s not all singing and dancing in Seoul’s exclusive Gangnam district. Some times a person can get killed. Not to make light of this tragedy, but what is so surreal about this incident is the guy goes outside to “retrieve a knife” from his Mercedes. What the hell was he carrying a knife in his […]
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This is the kind of news that’s going to raise some eyebrows. A lot of eyebrows. If folks in Korea were concerned about Mad Cow disease earlier this month when they took to the streets, I wonder how people are going to react to this news. Seoul officials and experts cautioned against the redeployment of […]
Give up? Guess I did have this Danny Partridge look going for me (or Where’s Waldo? sans stocking cap) when I interviewed South Korean President Lee Myung-bak when he was the mayor of Seoul back in 2004. Read that interview and other stories when I was an accidental journalist in Waking Up in the Land […]