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Dear Korea #141: Gyopo Problems

While I didn’t post this in the morning, the important part is that I posted it on the right day! Yay!

For anyone who may be curious, the writing on the kid’s arm says 방구, which translates to “fart”.

As much as I wish I could say this really happened, I was too much of a wuss, even if literally no one else in my school could read any Korean. That being said, due to the high demand for me to draw marker-based temporary tattoos, there were many children running around with very badly written Korean characters on their hands and arms. When they insisted that I write things in Chinese, I just drew in a bunch of random lines to appease the masses. It’s probably for the best that I never went into the tattoo business.


Dear Korea #136

I feel like this is one of those situations that many of us with immigrant parents experienced, but it may just be how things were where I grew up. As a child, I actually didn’t understand why my mother would get frustrated when people felt the need to compliment me on my ability to speak English (both in America and Korea), even after she had told people that I was born and raised in Texas. I always assumed that everyone was just being extra nice, even if I had to deal with things like automatically being placed in ESL classes simply because of how I looked. Even now, it doesn’t really bother me as much as it bothers other people I know, though it is a little awkward to remind some of my friends’ parents and grandparents that I’m a legal American citizen every time I see them. I can only imagine what the opposite scenario is like for those who were born and/or raised in Korea..


The Kiwi Connection

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Hello everyone,

Today we will talk about the lovely Kiwi people of New Zealand. They call themselves kiwis because there is an endangered species called the kiwi.

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By Goudron92 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Having not attended a Korean school in South Korea, I can’t imagine fully to what extent the environment is like for kids growing up in South Korea.


The Badass Koreans

First thing is, there are two types of categories for Koreans who’ve made Russia their home.

And when I say Russia, I actually mean the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).


A Trip To Europe

 

History is what it is.  I don’t dwell on the past. I do examine, and learn from it to the best of my abilities.

If you haven’t noticed by the picture, I’m going to talk about the Korean dispersion into Germany.

As an interesting fact, though, most people think Australia is all about Crocodile Dundy, Steve Irwin, kangaroos, and the outback.  Well, don’t forget, there are a lot of Germans in Australia, A LOT.  I’ve seen so many Germans in Australia that I actually can recognize the REAL English German accent.  The American movies have got it all wrong.

In any respect, off to Deutschland! (Germany in German). ✈ ✈ ✈


The Measure of a Woman

zergsprincess:

This was a wonderful piece of Korean Americans and the persistence and struggles our parents went through.
Honestly, any parent deserves praise, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Originally posted on A Holistic Journey:


If you build it, they will come.

 

Hey guys,

The purpose of this website is to connect all the kyopos around the globe.  I want the Kyopos in the world to be aware that there are other Kyopos in other countries.  I would like to connect them to you !

I’ve been searching here and there all over the net world and have been connecting with other kyopos.

I’m not posting anything and everything I research but I have attached a link for Russians Koreans and one for Korean Americans on my home page that I thought might interest people.

There will be changes happening little by little so I am letting you know in advance.  If you’ve ever played Super Mario Brothers you’ve probably seen something like this:

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It’s just THAT good.

 

After a long day’s work, all I want to do is eat something wholesome. Not chocolate or ice cream but actual food.

I remember coming home late at night and stuffing my face with a homemade sandwich like nobody’s business.

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I’d be in the middle of this sandwich and milk, enjoying what a sandwich has to offer at 11pm at night, when I felt something was missing…

Like how Aussies love their vegemite and toast,


Los Angeles and Me

 

Being grown and bred from LA, I was exposed to gangsters, hippies, drugs, etc.  America’s good at exposing these things and frankly, I loved it.  Because it definitely has made me who I am today.

The first time I heard California Girls by Katy Perry somewhere in Seoul, I started screaming out of joy and started dancing!  It’s just something CA girls do, and I know other girls do it to.

Throughout my time in college, I was an environmentally conscious person, smoked weed, wore no shoes to class, and embraced being a lover of all things.  I bought some decals and cut out huge peace symbols and stuck them on my car.

I remember smoking weed with a friend while we were sitting on the grass out of an apple.


Why the interest grew

 

I’ve never been really interested about my Korean background, so it’s still funny that I now am dedicating part of my life to create a network of kyopos all around the world.

When I went to Korea, I always found that native Koreans were fascinated and interested in my because my American accent was, well, American.  I never understood this awe they felt for me until I met a British-Korean for the first time.  It was jaw dropping.

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My little brain couldn’t even comprehend what was going on, but something started inside of me and I wanted more of it.


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