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Dear Korea #144: Hold the Door


It’s been a busy and weird few weeks, but here’s a new comic! The concept for this one was given to me by the one and only Roboseyo. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier. Even after almost six years, those doors that don’t open still don’t make much sense to me.

Live Podcast Recording At Seoul Book & Culture Club

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Barry Welsh’s Seoul Book & Culture Club recently hosted a live podcast recording featuring podcast hosts.

“The Curious Love-Hate Relationship between China and North Korea”



The following is a re-up of my monthly post for the Lowy Interpreter for June. The original is here.

The fissure between North Korea and China is widely noted, and Kim Jong Il supposedly told Madeleine Albright when she visited Pyongyang in 2000 that he’d rather have a deal with the US than with China.

The Chaebol: The 1997 IMF Financial Crisis and the Neoliberal Era (The Korea File)

Corporate stereotyping, the cult power of Chaebol leadership and the structural differences before and after the 1997 IMF financial crisis.

…and they’re off (-track Horse Racing at Walkerhill)

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I’m always on the hunt for something new and exciting to do on the weekends in Korea.  In Seoul, it’s been go, go, go with new and exciting opportunities popping up all over the place.  This past weekend was one of my most luxurious and exquisite weekends yet.  If you’re looking for a real Seoulcialite experience in Korea, read on…

7 Brand New Ice Creams From Korean Convenience Store You Will Want to Try!

Time to get outside and enjoy the summer heat with cold desserts like ice cream beause it’s getting hot in South Korea. Sure Baskin Robbins, Natuur POP and Haagendaz are well-known brands, but if you are looking for inexpensive refreshments, head over to Korean convenience stores where you can find ice creams that are delicious and affordable.

Here are our picks for brand new ice creams you should try this summer in Korea!

From Day to Night at Korea’s Historic Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon (PHOTOS)

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

A UNESCO-designated cultural heritage site everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime. 

8973624792_416b0bdc78_b“Hwaseong Fortress represents the pinnacle of 18th-century military architecture, incorporating the best scientific ideas from Europe and East Asia.” – UNESCO

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Suwon City, in Gyeonggi Province that is just south of Seoul, to admire the beauty of Hwaseong Fortress. But if you visit this year, it is going to be even more fantastic!

June is Pride!

Apologies. Graduate school has kept me away from blogging. I'm not going to promise returning to regular blogging soon, because I am about to graduate and move to Boston to start a new job! My husband (did I mention we got married :-D) will be spending his summer in Seattle for an internship before finishing up in San Diego. So I have a busy month ahead of me.

However, everything is all settled down, I will be getting into a routine for Korean language study and blog writing. My new job does not involve anything queer or Korean, so I have to be vigilant in retaining my language skills and providing information to my dear (queer?) readers.

Our French Polynesian Honeymoon!! Part 1: Tahiti


Honeymooning!!! This is right before we head off to Bora Bora. 

(Goal: Get the honeymoon up on the blog prior to going on our babymoon.)
We didn't actually go on our honeymoon until 10 months after our wedding. Not much thought went into that decision (actually lack of thought is probably more accurate); but in retrospect, I'm glad it happened that way. Decreased stress of honeymoon planning while simultaneously planning a wedding allowed us time to save more for our honeymoon, and we weren't exhausted from the exciting yet tiring wedding day.  

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