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Questioning The Media Portrayal Of Foreigners & Drugs In South Korea

The arrest of a Canadian working for a university in Daegu on charges of growing marijuana in his apartment has once again ignited a discussion over how foreigners & drugs are depicted by South Korean media entities, & a blog post written by prominent expat researcher & Gusts of Popular Feeling writer Matt VanVolkenburg has drawn increased attention to the issue. Korea FM spoke with VanVolkenburg & Korean studies professor, NY Times contributor & Korea Expose managing editor Se-Woong Koo about how the recent case, & previous incidents, have been portrayed in the ROK.


Queer Links from the Week: Korea University bans anti-gay discrimination, Seoul struggling to do the same, and Kinky Boots coming to Korea

Progress for sexual minorities has made way at Korea University, which has become the First Korean unviersity to ban anti-gay discrimination on campus. This trend reflects how South Koreans Are More Accepting of LGBT Community, which you can read more about in an article from The Diplomat with data showing that Koreans have become more accepting to the idea that homosexuality may be justifiable. Of course, it is a slow process.

College Transcripts FAQs

sealWhat do they mean by “sealed?” A stamp or sticker over the back of the envelope, issued exclusively by your school.

Can/should I open my transcripts? Noooooooo! Don’t do it! EPIK won’t accept college transcripts with broken seals.

How many do I need? While I ordered four copies from my university, I only ever wound up using one (when I submitted all my documents in the final application stages). However, sometimes during the diploma apostille or visa issuance process they ask for them, apparently. ‘Didn’t happen to me, though.


Reading List: The SNU Quill: Volume 46

I spent the evening at my boyfriend's place near Seoul National University and remembered that SNU Quill, their English-language journal, had done a feature story on gay rights back in October. Titled 'The Current State of Homosexual Rights', there are five featured stories.

10 Things About Korea…

So I won’t be along here much longer, so I thought I’d give this a shot. There’s plenty about Korea that I’m going to miss, without a doubt, and then there’s a fair amount of things I won’t miss about Korea. It would be fair to say the same about anywhere, of course. So here […]

The Perfect Other Job for a Photographer in Korea

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As I briefly mentioned before, I teach English at a university here in Korea. This job is well suited for creatives and photographer who are working abroad and need to balance work life with their photo life. I say this because many of us are not quite pro yet and need a visa in order to work in Korea. After spending 10 years here in Korea and working up from hogwans to public school, and now at a university I feel that I can finally take advantage of my days. However, the question that I get a lot is “how did I get this job?”


Queer Groups at Korean Universities

I was planning on writing a post about queer groups at Korean Universities (my boyfriend is a member of QIS at Seoul National giving me the idea) but apparently it has already been done! Good job Queer Koreans Alliance!

Follow Us Around: 부산대 (Busan University)

As most of you may know, we don’t actually live in Busan. We live in Yangsan, a city of about 300,000 just north of Busan that is connected to the city by subway. If we are hanging out in Busan, you’ll most likely find us in the Busan University area. When we lived in Seoul, we lived very close to 홍대, the very popular area surrounding Hongik University. Evan and I tend to gravitate to these university areas no matter where we are! The food is cheap and delicious, and there’s a young, fun energy surrounding the whole neighborhood. There are always fun events, random concerts, unique cafes, and interesting people.


PNU Free Market


Playing With My New Toy!

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Today with the sun shining and no pressing business, I ventured out into the wilds of Yeongtong-dong in Suwon and played with it. I won’t lie I’m still using it a little like a point-and-shoot, but I still can feel the difference. The focus is by far my favourite, as well as the texture of the photographs. I can’t really go into what makes them look or feel different, maybe it’s just that they look more real.


Korea’s EFL Education is Failing, But What Can Be Done About It?

Is Korea’s EFL teaching failing? This question was asked by Groove Magazine in its March issue. The article was a comprehensive account of the history of Korea’s attempt to make its population more competitive by making English language skills key to a child’s education. I thought that the answer was pretty straight forward. Yes. Korea’s EFL instruction programme is failing. But maybe it was an easy question.

Of course it’s important to set out from the beginning to establish the fact that you’re talking about the governments drive to instil native speaker capabilities among the populace. And it’s important to know that whenever you read an argument like this you have to remember that opinions have already been forged on the barstools of waegdom, so convincing any new comers to the discussion will allow for short work.


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