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Amanda in South Korea

THE LITTLE MONKEY DAEWOO: 작은 원숭이 단우

As of this moment, it is before my first volunteering with the Eastern Social Welfare Center, where I will be spending an hour of my time with babies in their facility. I have never done volunteering with young babies before, so I predict that this will be an impact and emotional experience. Even when I had a short introduction and training session at the location, the emotions already started to dwindle inside. Being there is quite eerie, especially because it was at that exact location a friend of mine was […]

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위안부: COMFORT WOMEN

Sex slavery has been an issue that has haunted Korea for years, and puts a huge strain in Korean-Japanese relations. For those who do not know much about this issue, below is a very well made animation for this issue. It even uses the voices of actually survivors who share their traumatic and agonizing past. Moreover, the reason for this topic is that I had been able to experience one of the famous 수요 집회 or Wednesday Demonstrations. These demonstrations are held weekly to continuously urge Japan to readdress the […]

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REIGNITING THE DRIVE

On October 15th, I was privileged with the opportunity to see a play that surrounded a storyline of the daily struggles that North Koreans refugees face living in South Korea. Basically, the storyline was 3 interconnected stories of individuals breaking the stereotypes that ingulf North Koreans while growing their personal relationship with the North Korean refugee that surrounds them. and changing their perspectives. It was absolutely wonderful, each and every actor did a sublime job, and there were four actors who were refugees themselves. Ever since my first involvement with the […]

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SCHOOL SPIRIT (연고전)

As most colleges and high schools in America have very zealous homecoming games that spew school spirit, Korean Universities are no different, or at least the at the University that I attend. So, recently it was the school’s annual YonGoJeon (연고전) which is a weekend that consists of five different games against the most intense school rivalry within all of South Korea. The games were baseball, basketball, hockey, rugby and soccer. Nothing too special, right? I attended the basketball and rugby games, and what hit me when I was there, […]

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CIEE EXCURSION!

Small excursion to the small cities of central Korea that are filled with various facets of traditional Korean society. CIEE is the exchange student program that I am on, and one of the benefits of this program is the great excursion that they have planned for us. Before classes started, we went to a few cities in the middle of Korea that are each famous for showcasing different facets of traditional Korean society. I created a vlog of my experience, and I hope you enjoy the video. It sums up the trip […]

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DEMILITARIZED ZONE

On Saturday August 13th, I made my way finally to the infamous demilitarized zone. I was lucky enough to have a good friend drive us to the location that he did his own military service, and there I was able to meet some of his 후배 (juniors). It was one of the most memorable and incredible trips that I have made on this trip so far. That trip started with jamming to tunes on the 30-ish minute drive from Kipyo (my friend)’s hometown. As we arrived, it was identical to […]

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NOW PLAYING

I will say it once, and I will continuously say it, I appreciate the attention to visuals in this country. Its so extensive and spread throughout almost every aspect that it adds such a nice touch. Well recently, last Friday, I went to an Epik High concert, they are a Rap/Hip Hop group that has been formed for over 10 years, and when it comes to the Hallyu and the many Korean musicians that emerged into global fame, this group is one that is most well-known. Below is my own […]

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My past month in a nutshell (kind of)

First of all, I would like to say that I discovered that adaptation to a new location varies between others, and it can take up to a month. My month was filled with a diversity of emotions, most of them being either monotonous and/or melancholy. I am currently working on another post about my experience with adapting to living in South Korea for a year, so I won’t leave the explanation to two measly adjectives. Anyway, here is my past month in a nutshell (kind of). Currently, I am studying […]

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