Why the interest grew

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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.

When I went to Caribbean, a water theme park in Seoul, I was sitting in one of those hot tubs and next to me, there were two German-Koreans who were speaking to each other in German.  I had studied a bit of German so I tried to start a conversation with them; we ended up speaking in English, then Korean because my German was rather basic.

Nonetheless, this incident left me in awe.  And the interest just kept growing.

I find other kyopos just more than interesting.  Everyone’s a bit different and each have their own Korean twang.

Being American, I’ve grown to have a bond with many people from all walks of life.  We don’t try to discriminate but rather try to understand and respect their cultural background.  At least, that’s what I try to do.  I love Mexican food, was raised by a Hispanic woman, and my mother has a Mexican-American fast food restaurant; and we make some good Menudo.

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I bet a few of my Korean-Americans have had similar experiences.  But not many people know that the Hispanics and Koreans have had a close relationship with each other in Los Angeles whether we like to or not.

Now I wonder was other kyopos in different countries grew up.

I met a wonderful Russian-Korean who took me to an authentic Russian restaurant in Seoul, and I was exposed to Russian food for the first time.  I was so excited to experience something new that I kept myself from screaming.

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Exciting, isn’t it !?

I just hope that more people will have these positive experiences and together, we can stand proud and understand who we are just a bit more.



 

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