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The Growing Garden of Death

  I This story starts with cockroaches. The American Cockroach, to be more precise. Periplaneta americana. Water bugs. Coffee-colored, segmented vermin of various proportions, some as long as a grown woman’s ring
By : admin | Aug 17, 2018
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Notes from Geneva, June 2018

I write this on the TGV—le train à grande vitesse, literally “the train of great speed”—from Paris to Geneva, losing myself in the melancholy ballads of Petra Marklund and wondering exactly what
By : admin | Aug 12, 2018
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Online But Not Connected: The Internet Does Not Equal Globalization

This article was originally written as a guest post for I Dig Culture, an international media channel that explores human cultural diversity and exchange. You can view the full article here.  The
By : admin | Oct 30, 2014
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오늘의 곰돌이 모험

오늘 아침에 수업에 갔다 오는 길에 뭔가를 본 것같았다… 좀 더 가까이 가고 보니… 아~아주 큰 곰돌이란 걸 알게 됐다! 그랬더니 예의있는 곰돌이 친구랑 사진을 찍을 수밖에 없었다~
By : admin | Oct 24, 2013
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From What Are We Trying to Escape?

  It is only in the last few days that the principles governing my actions in this world have come to light with a clarity different from, and perhaps greater than, ever
By : admin | Jul 23, 2013
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Not Today

I encounter a deluge of frustrating microaggressions every day I am in Korea. Simply because I am white, I must be unable to speak Korean, use chopsticks, eat spicy food, keep my
By : admin | Jun 18, 2013
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Your Chance Has Come

Once upon a time five years and about a month ago today, an overworked and underslept college student peered over her nearly finished dinner at a face that would change her life. This
By : admin | May 14, 2013
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Our Stupid Brains

A small restaurant I pass every day on the way to my lab has a dog. It’s a medium-sized stocky yellowish fuzzy dog, with a face and build approximating something between a
By : admin | Apr 28, 2013
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How to Care for Your Skin Like a Korean

Note that this post is not titled “How to Have Skin Like A Korean.” Misplaced modifiers and ambiguous grammar notwithstanding (news flash: Koreans have skin, and so can you!), I avoided this
By : admin | Apr 22, 2013
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Lazy Korean Cooking: Doenjang Jjigae (Soybean Paste Stew, 된장찌개)

    Within my first week of arrival to Seoul last January, one of the first lessons with which I was inculcated as an intermediate Korean language student was that “한국 음식은
By : admin | Apr 21, 2013
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My Mice Hate Me, Part II: Other Mice Hate Me Too

Driven blindly by that regrettable desire for ever-richer experience, today I decided to practice mouse handling and dosing at one of my P.I.’s auxiliary laboratories. I met Park Taehee* at the other
By : admin | Apr 8, 2013
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The Mean Things We Say About People from Other Countries

  As a foreigner to Chinese, Korean, and Japanese friends, I seem to incite conversations on international topics more often than would seem the norm in strictly native circles. And, perhaps as
By : admin | Mar 30, 2013
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The Idiosyncratic Mannerisms of Korean People

    One thing I’ve learned during my three-year adventure in Mandarin Chinese and now Korean is that throughout the course of developing proficiency in a new language, subconsciously picking up on
By : admin | Mar 29, 2013
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And Some Scientists Are Loopy. So What?

  During a break in my immunology course on Thursday, our professor suddenly expressed her opinion that Ph.D. holders who choose to stay in a university setting and become science professors are
By : admin | Mar 22, 2013
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My Mice Hate Me

My mice hate me. Of course, I would hate, as well, anyone who belonged to a giant hand that picked me up by the tail two to three times a day only
By : admin | Mar 20, 2013