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|Even if you're a couple, it's ok (Source)|
From their website:
Participate in the "It's OK" campaign! Let's show ourselves! A project removing a bit of prejudice! "These People" will send our message to the world. All of the numerous prejudices and complaints directed toward the LGBT community such as "People of the same sex shouldn't kiss" or "Allowing someone to change their sex is the worst" or "Homos are the main culprit of HIV/AIDS" have shrunk and tired out the lives of LGBT individuals. Should we really appear so poorly and ashamed? Why shouldn't we? We are OK!
I think my favorite is the mushroom and abalone (mussels? I'm not the best at distinguishing shellfish). Wonder why no abalone plus abalone was included though...
|Caption: It Goes Well Together (Source)|
To see more submitted art, head to their website, or to interact with the "It's OK" campaign, you can follow their Facebook or Instagram @itsokpeople.
JPDdoesROK is a former news editor/writer in New Jersey, USA, who served a one-year tour of duty in Dadaepo/Jangnim, Saha-gu, Busan from February 2013 to February 2014. He is now a teacher in Gimhae.
While I try to figure out what I’m doing here, enjoy this photo of the view from our new living room window. We've also got a ton of outdoor space, including one enclosed veranda running the length of the house on one side, with this maehwa tree and one other, a big front porch, a roof (with terrifying old rusty spiral stairs) and two open veranda spaces on the back, but we haven't gotten around to cleaning them yet (moving into a gated house in the torrential rain was enough for one weekend).
Chatting with the grandmother who runs the only little shop in our little back-alley neighborhood, we found out our new place is known in the neighborhood as the 매화나무 집 (maehwa tree house). I just did a story on maesil last month, so I think I was more excited that I would’ve otherwise been to see the trees when we looked at the place.
These are the photos from Gwangyang, including the amazing kongguksu and yeonip-bap (rice steamed in a lotus leaf) we had for lunch. Our photographer is like some kind of water witch for amazing food and pointed us to this little roadside shack above the river in the middle of nowhere. He’s not actually a witch – he just happened to remember, as we were passing by, that he’d done the photos for a story about the owner ten years before, and her food was amazing. He didn’t tell us that until we were nearly finished with the meal, though. (Lotus rice photo featuring ghost hand of food photographer in ironically hypocritical move.)
The KQF website has basic English information on the pride parade, but I realized that their Korean website is much more detailed. I saw some questions on Facebook asking for more details on the route of the parade, so here I am writing this post.
First off, the parade will be taking place in Seoul Plaza. There will be a large contingency of homophobic Christian groups protesting the parade, so if you want to avoid their hullabaloo use exit 6 of City Hall Station. Starting at 11 in the morning, you can enjoy the various LGBTQIA booths, talk to activists, and obviously just hang out. The parade is probably going to start around 5 or 6.
As for the route... from the Korean version of their official website:
Every year, we have posted here the route of our parade, but not this year. That's because by placing it here the information can be used to block our route by those against us. We will walk along a road of love and justice. This road will never be blocked by hatred and homophobia. The day of the parade, we will go where we can go. You can find out the route when you come on the 28th!
So, there you go. Less details then previous years, but all to make sure that we can have a fantastic parade! Hope to see you there.
First off, make sure Skype works on whatever computer you plan to be in front of during the interview. I know this seems obvious, but trust me on this one: check and double check so there won't be any unforeseen technical difficulties. You know what they say about people who assume.
|Get it? GET IT??|
In the same theme, unless you use Skype all the time and have somehow figured out a way to NOT act like a total spaz while talking through it, I'd suggest practicing a few times with a friend or family member until it feels a bit more normal and you're not constantly staring at your own face in the camera and wondering what you normally do with your hands. Hold two coffee cups if it helps.
Next, and this might sound obvious, plan what you want to say. I'm not saying you need to write a full speech word for word and memorize it, because that would be overkill, but I think it's a good idea to write down a few key points. Why do you want to teach? Why did you choose Korea? What do you know about Korea? How do you deal with culture shock? What are your thoughts on Dokdo?
Okay, that last one is probably a bad idea unless they specifically bring it up. I made the mistake of hubris; I assumed that, with my intimidating elocutionary skills, I'd do just fine. No need to prep here! Haha! Which of course led to my roommate having to use her mime skills to remind me that I love Korean music and understand Korean drinking culture. Seriously. Music and drinking, two of my favorite things in the world, and I could think of neither of them under pressure.
Lastly, as I've said before, don't panic. I'm pretty sure the interview is just to make sure you're a human being capable of English speech. Plus, at least in my case, the interviewer was super chill and super nice. Your EPIK recruiter is not your enemy. Be honest, explain why you want to teach, and odds are you'll be fine. And if not? Well, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. EPIK is not the only option, so seriously, don't stress.
I mean, if they let a weirdo like me in, there's hope for just about anyone, right?
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Happy Father’s Day to the best dad I could ever hope for! Dad, thank you for your endless love and support, and for giving me all the tools I’ve needed to succeed during this crazy adventure I’ve been on. I may be 12,000 miles away for now, but soon I’ll be using that compass you gave me before I left to find my way home. I love you so much.