09Aug/20
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Fermented Plums, Pine Needles, and Mugwort: Innovative Korean Teas

“Don’t you want to see what’s inside?” I reluctantly tore my eyes from my problem set and glanced over at my boyfriend. He was looming in the doorway of our dormitory over

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09Aug/20

Putting the ‘Pa’ in Pajeon: Not Just Cutting Onions

My first brush with Korean food was in 2007, at a small restaurant on the outskirts of Harvard Square, sandwiched between an Indian buffet and a boba tea shop. The restaurant was infamous

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09Aug/20

The Dark Side of Korean Hagwons

Whether you’re a domestic or foreign resident of Korea, chances are the word “hagwon (학원/學院)” carries with it some emotionally laden connotations. According to the “Laws Regarding the Institution and Management of

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09Aug/20

Jokgu, the Insane National Sport You May Have Ignored

I have to admit that when I was asked to write an article about a Korean game called jokgu (족구/足球), I was a bit less than enthused. Vague images of hanbok-clad adolescents

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09Aug/20

Not Taekwondo: The Real Korean Martial Art

What would you say if I told you that there was a martial art more authentically Korean than Taekwondo? That it is the only martial art officially recognized by the Korean government as one of the

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09Aug/20

Hangang: Witness to the Best and Worst of South Korea

Within a bustling city like Seoul, the few places untouched by the pernicious hand of human activity seem to be those rendered inaccessible by accident of their geography: mountains, lakes, and rivers.

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09Aug/20

COEX, Gangnam Style

On Saturday I took a rare trip to Gangnam with my boyfriend for a leisurely stroll around COEX Mall, the largest underground mall in the world—nope, sorry, just Asia (darn you, Canada).

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09Aug/20

Seoul Apartment Life in a (Very Small) Nutshell

Cram half the population of a country of 50 million people into a single metropolitan area of a mere ten thousand square kilometers, and personal space becomes a precious commodity [1]. So precious,

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09Aug/20

Five Traditional Characteristics of Modern Korean Apartments

Korean architectural tradition is dead, a fact to which any modern Korean city like Seoul will attest. Homogeneous growths of board-approved steel and concrete stretch high into the urban smog over a

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01Aug/20

Hot, Steamy, and Naked Korean Health Maintenance

One night in Beijing, I took off all my clothes and spent an hour bathing with dozens of naked women. The situation was not nearly as scandalous as it sounds, for I

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01Aug/20

Five Techniques to Make Learning A Foreign Language Less Impressive

“What did you eat for breakfast as a child?” asked a wide-eyed woman from across the conference table. My friend had just introduced me to her clinical research group as “Kelley from Korea who

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01Aug/20

A Woman, A Drum, and Maybe Some Blood

“Real pansori performers practice so hard that they spit up blood,” my Korean teacher, who tended to be exceptionally interested and well versed in art and history, asserted in class one day in

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01Aug/20

Drinking in Korea: Soju and Makgeolli

One can hardly presume to understand much about Korean culture without knowing at least a little about its alcohol. And one can hardly proclaim an understanding of Korean alcohol without knowing some

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01Aug/20

The Love That Some Love to Hate

aegyo (애교) /āgyō/ (noun): The act of being overly cute [1] The Silk Road’s raison d’être is to bring diverse people together in mutual understanding. As such, we do not stop at attempting

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18Jun/13
A white girl speaking Korean? That's like a tiger on fire. No physical laws broken here.

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

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22Apr/13

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

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21Apr/13

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

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30Mar/13

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

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29Mar/13

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

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