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  • Koreans remix classic Pachelbel Canon in D

    In case you weren't a music minor or planning a wedding, Pachelbel's Canon in D is one of those classic songs you tend to hear at weddings, among other places. While surfing the web this morning, I stumbled across a couple videos combining B-boys, a group of 가야금 (Gayagum, or a zither) players, and a beatboxer. Watch on full screen and enjoy (thanks Mental Floss and the blog it links to!):

  • Korean-language Sources on Gender and Sexuality #1: PlayHolic

    The Art of Seduction It’s official: from now on, I’ll be using Korean-language sources on gender and sexuality here just as much as English ones.

    Partially, this is simply to maintain and improve my Korean ability, which I’ve sorely neglected since starting a new job back in July. But the main reason is that not only can foreign-language commentary on any subject quickly become out of date, it also makes one reliant on the views of those Koreans fluent in English, which are not necessarily reflective of Koreans as a whole.

  • How NOT to make a tourist website

    Brian in Jeollanam-do and Stafford of the Chosun Bimbo have already weighed in, but I sincerely hope this is a lesson in what NOT to do when building websites. Here's the website in question, http://www.visitkoreayear.com/, now presenting: What NOT to do when building a tourist website:

    A screenshot of the home page to visitkoreayear.com, current as of the posting date.

  • Windows 7 officially released

    What do you MEAN they don't come with it?! Comments are open if anyone has a better caption. (Source: Yonhap)

  • Workin’ in Korea Blues

    Workin’ in Koree Blues

    Scott Morley


    In Korea

    I made money

    In Korea

    I made money

    Like a pizzeria

    It was so funny!


    Didn’t wanna go home!

    Wa’ stay in Koree

    No love at home

    Wa’ stay in South Koree

    Korean girl at home

    Now America is where I be


    Working hard

    For soft pay

    Working hard

    For soft pay

    Wanna work hard

    Just don’t wanna play!

  • Poem Dedicated to Asians


    Scott Morley


    Asian persuasions

    Ambiguous confrontations

    Constant Fixations

    Terrible Temptations

    Joyous Ejaculations

    Bliss filled relations

    Asians Asians and Asians


    Blue-bottomed reindeer herders

    Grain and gourd growers

    Minnesotan dugout paddy pickers

    Hoarding Mongol horse slickers

    Slaving Apache lizard lovers


    Gurkhas draped in boorkhas

    Porting punkas up a steep Pun pitch

    Munching sorts of radish pickles

    From a small dish


  • Korean Mother-In-Law Blues

    Korean Mother-in-Law Blues

    Had a mother-in-law

    From Korea

    Yes! My mother-in-law

    Lives in Korea!

    But me, I’m stuck back here

    Without my mother-in-law


    She had veggie gardens,

    And homemade wine

    She had veggie gardens,

    And homemade wine

    I loved those veggie gardens

    And where’s my sweet rice wine?


    See my mother-in-law

    She’s funny and sweet

    My only mother-in-law

    Just cannot be beat

    She only four-foot tall

    And such a lovely treat!


  • Good Bye

    Dear Summer,
    I am going to miss you.

  • Autumn on the Peninsula

    Fall comes late around here, at the bottom of the peninsula. Though we're officially a month in, the trees are still green and the days are warm. Many of my students still wear shorts, and some of the girls have yet to hang up the miniskirts - not that I'm complaining. It has cooled down and the nights require a coat, but it's not yet close to cold. Summer lingers here in Busan, though the threads that connect us to it are fraying by the second.

    My girlfriend and I broke up almost three weeks ago, now. It was sudden and ugly - a demon exorcised during an otherwise ideal trip to the moutains with some friends. I felt it coming on as soon as I met her at the bus station (I was late), and it percolated throughout the weekend until it became a geyser that couldn't be stopped. And like Old Faithful, there were plenty of people around to be awed by the spectacle.

  • Chaing Mai Sunday Market

    We arrived in Chang Mai on Sunday, just in time for the wonderful Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market. The Market takes over the entire main street of the old town, and features a wide variety of the usual jewelry, fans, lamps, souvenirs etc.

    And food. I'd heard that the Thais love to eat, but this literally blew me away. The market is home to the most diverse and well executed street food I've yet to encounter on this trip - think London's Borough Market without the gentrification.

  • Dance card

    My dance card is filling up.

    It always seems to happen this way. Or, at least, I perceive it as such. Feast or famine. Long periods of trying to eke out a career, working odd hours at this job or another. No one gets back to you on your assignments. And, then:

    ongoing freelance work through your old employer
    a nearly $2,000 assignment for a medical equipment company that intimidates the shit out of you
    an ongoing unpaid travel writing gig you hope can pay dividends in the form of exposure and experience
    a new Edible Jersey story
    and... a new proofreading gig, temp. of course, which is better since I would hate to be tempted to stay.

  • Considerations

    For about a minute, I weighed my options: do I take the $15 an hour, 40 hour a week temp. job proofreading at some place in Monroe, even though I got no notice and need to start tomorrow, or do I say no to it because I don't want to leave my $10 an hour job sitting in a farm store in a lurch?

    Hopefully, the farm understands. I'll still be there on Sundays.

  • Honeymoon: Off to Hong Kong

    Our wedding finished on the Saturday and we left Busan for the honeymoon on the following Monday. Having not had a holiday since Beijing in February last year, we were both looking forward to getting out and about again. Heather and I have a tendency to overload our schedules during working life, but traveling for us isn't very relaxing either. We try to make the most of it when we are lucky enough to leave the country, so traveling isn't good for relaxation, it's good for the change of scenery.

  • Why Come Home?

    Okay, so my first post was a bit gloomy, and returning to America after ten years in Korea, has not been easy, but in the end, after all options have been weighed:

    Stay in Korea Pros:

    • cash for the whole family
    • work for my me and my wife
    • entertainment for the whole family
    • friendly neighbors and family
    • thorough and quality education for the boys

    Korea Cons:

    • pollution for the boys
    • less athletic outlets for the boys
    • less natural surroundings for the boys
    • long work hours so less time with the boys
    • long school hours for the boys
    • less educational freedom for the boys
    • family obligation for all of us
    • limited english language exposure for the boys
    • limited opportunities to advance my/mia’s education
    • Prejudice or jealousy against the boys

    America Pros:

  • Korean Mother-In-Law Diaries Midwest America

    Greetings Expats, Koreans, Korean-Americans, Korea-lovers, Linguistics Lovers, Mixed-Marriage couples and hapa 1.5ers from across the globe!

    For those who’ve never read my Mother-In-Law Diaries, in former expat magazine The Beat, and also in Pusan’s www.koreabridges.com, welcome to the Diaries: The Rebirth!

    However I am not in South Korea anymore. Hopefully soon. But not yet.

    Right now I’m back in America.

    And for those of you considering returning to America with your new Korean wife and kids, all I can advise is DON’T DO IT!

    There is nothing here! No culture! No education! No Employment! No bilingual bliss! And no mother-in-law!

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