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2014 Wrap-up – WE’RE ALIVE!

Wow, it has been a really long time since we’ve updated the blog. Sorry about that!! With our SURPRISE trip home, English camps, producing a play in Busan, and adjusting to a new school year with a new coteacher, my plate has been more than full. With the new school year officially in swing this week, I’m ready to get back on a more regular schedule! Evan and I have a lot of exciting things planned this year, but first I want to update you all on what we’ve been up to since we last posted!


20 Foods That I Wish Would Make a Comeback

I’m feeling very nostalgic (and hungry) today, so I thought I’d share this list: a collection of foods which are no longer available and which I miss dearly. (The original article which I wrote on Buzzfeed can be found here, but I thought I’d recreate it on my blog for all you foodies.)

1. Citrus Polos


Remembering Queer Korea: An International Symposium, Film Festival, and Exhibition

The Transnational Korean Studies Program at University of California San Diego (my current grad school!) is hosting an international symposium, film festival and exhibition titled Remember Queer Korea. Acting Director of the Transnational Korean Studies Program, Todd Henry, is a scholar of modern Korea, currently working on a book on modern queer Korea, and organized the event. There is so much going on during Remembering Queer Korea and if you are in the San Diego area, I highly recommend going.

Immigrants, Sports, and the American Dream

If You Want to See the Best of America…
An immigrant, chasing a dream, adopts his new home, and uses his fame to deliver a message to a shaken city, and a shaken nation. This was a week after the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, earlier this year.


For those of you that cannot understand what he said,
“This jersey that we wear today. It doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston….”
“…This is our fucking city and nobody gonna dictate our freedom.”

Months Later same year, the same person lifts the city again…

Anyone want to take the Cardinals? Red Sox are a lock.


Death to Fake Canadians

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Okay. Anyone who knows me, has listened to me rant, or has read my screeds over the years knows my fiery opinions on this particular matter. I apologize ahead of time for repeating myself or cannibalizing old lines, but I’m not above ripping myself off, especially in light of dopey articles such as this:

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/01/travel/fake-canadians-canada-day-travel/index.html?iref=allsearch


DEATH TO FAKE CANADIANS

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Okay. Anyone who knows me, has listened to me rant, or has read my screeds over the years knows my fiery opinions on this particular matter. I apologize ahead of time for repeating myself or cannibalizing old lines, but I’m not above ripping myself off, especially in light of dopey articles such as this:

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/01/travel/fake-canadians-canada-day-travel/index.html?iref=allsearch


Did Korean Chaebol Follow This Advice Given 2.5 YEARS AGO?

Somehow, I Doubt It
http://www.seoulgyopoguide.com/?p=482

Academics Are Now On Board
In Korea, the Samsung Economic Research Institute is probably the most well-know economic think tank. This guest post recently appear on FT’s blog, which suggests that the Yen’s decline has not yet hit Korea. I would totally disagree with this. The disruption is here, the result is global volatility, equity markets are higher than at any point over the past year, the KOSPI is flat at best. On the flip side, there are those that would have borrowed in JPY from Korea, and they will benefit (like plastic surgeons), or real estate investors. To what extent they have benefited is unknown, but it is there.


Queer Links from the Week 2/22~2/29

Happiness is a Warm Gun

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It’s been a bad year for gun massacres in America.  A lot of crazies have been melting down, raiding the nearest arsenal, and randomly killing innocent folks.  Three in particular have grabbed my attention: The Cafe Racer shooting in Seattle a few months back (which touched some people close to me); the Aurora, Colorado, “Batman” blast up; and last Saturday’s awful bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which tops all others in its mind-numbing savagery.


Need info on how to unlock my Samsung Galaxy Note...

Hey all, my wife and I are unfortunately leaving Korea suddenly due to a family emergency and I have a cell phone question I'm trying to get some answers on. My wife purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note a few months back with Olleh and as we are now leaving, we're not sure if we can get it unlocked for use in the USA or if we should just sell if off before we go. 

Anyone with experience in how to get the phone unlocked and if so, can they be used abroad with Sprint or Tmobile? I've run searches but eveythings wishy washy maybe because this model is relatively new. Thanks in advance for the help. 


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