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“Minari” is Personal

“Minari” is Personal

I rented “Minari” last week and watched it a couple of times. I’m still thinking about it. I love books and films that linger and don’t vanish like cotton candy. The film focuses on a Korean-American family settling in the American south in the...
The Koreans Eating Dog Meat Meme is Racist

The Koreans Eating Dog Meat Meme is Racist

This is long past due. I’m getting so tired of ignorant people associating modern Korea with eating dog meat. Or even worse, portraying the entire country as dog eaters. In modern times, associating Koreans with eating dog meat is racist. It’s contributing...
Cultural Details You Missed in “Parasite”

Cultural Details You Missed in “Parasite”

I have watched “Parasite” a few times now. During one viewing, I broke out my laptop to take notes. There were a lot of references in the film that people outside Korea wouldn’t get. Darcy Paquet (Hi, Darcy!), who translated the subtitles...
Kimchi and Cheese: How crisis made dairy dominate Korean cuisine

Kimchi and Cheese: How crisis made dairy dominate Korean cuisine

The spicy stewed pork ribs emerged from the kitchen. Two attractive TV hosts gawked at them in wonder. They gazed at a dish of decadence. A dish that broke all the rules. A dish that was Korean but smothered in mozzarella cheese. With small tongs one woman grabbed a...
Clumsy Instagram Attack on Tom’s Pizza

Clumsy Instagram Attack on Tom’s Pizza

Tom’s Pizza in Hongdae has been making the rounds in the foodie community because of its high quality New York style pizza. It’s now my go-to place for business meetings. It’s just a small operation with Tom and his wife running the place. Tom...
Korea Still Treating Foreigners Like Children (and Criminals)

Korea Still Treating Foreigners Like Children (and Criminals)

UPDATE: The Korea Times wrote a piece about it here. Foreign teachers told ‘Don’t molest students’ I have lived in Korea for almost 15 years. I have a Korean family. I own a business promoting Korean culture. I even voted in the last Korean election....

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