There and Back Again: Confessions of an Ex-Expat

Between 2010 and 2014 I left Canada to live and work in Seoul, South Korea. I returned to Canada in 2014 after three months of touring Southeast Asia. Here’s why I’m going back to this part of the world that I can’t get out of my head.

Stranger Than Psy: Lim Chang-Jeong is Quietly Hilarious

Perhaps we’ve all had our share Gangnam Style and Gentleman, but fortunately there’s a new weirdo in town. Say hello, or rather, yeoboseyo to K-Pop’s newest quirky star. 

Comic Strips Written by 10-year-old Korean Children

My students never fail to make me laugh. Their brains run off in often mysterious directions. So when it came time to study the classic (but rather dry) Frog and Toad All Year, I turned pictures from the book into comic strip for them to caption. Here’s what they came up with.

Photography: Angry Baby in a Seoul Cafe

A surly doll glowers at customers at a cafe in Samcheong, Seoul, South Korea. Samcheong is one of Seoul’s most popular districts where traditional hanok houses collide with european and ultramodernist architecture.

A Single Image of Asia That Will Change How You See the World

There’s a lot of pointless viral media out there, and a disproportionate amount seems to revolve around cats. But there’s one image that you really should see; it will very likely change the way you perceive our planet. 

Drums and Hanbok: Fourth Grade Students Do a Traditional Korean Performance

It’s always interesting to watch traditional cultural performances, but when it’s kids performing, it’s twice as impressive. These fourth grade students from Seoul really know how to get a crowd riled up.

The Story of a Defection: How Hyeonseo Lee Escaped From North Korea

Hyeonseo Lee managed to escape the oppressive and isolated regime of North Korea. Then she went back for her family and did it again.

Wooden Faces in the Rain: Andong’s International Maskdance Festival

Last weekend we visited the 2013 Andong International Maskdance festival, a brilliant display of color, movement, and sound. The festival continues until this Sunday.