I was born on the ninth day of October in the year of 1979. On that day in the year of 1446, the Korean alphabet, –Hanguel — was created. In addition to my birthdate, I have many connections to the land of the morning calm. Aside from my birthday, I grew up in Los Angeles where the greatest population density of Koreans outside of Korea resides. Many of my classmates were Korean and I began learning Tae Kwon Do at the age of seven. To impress my Tae Kwon Do instructors I tried my hand at learning ten Korean phrases — hello, goodbye, thank you, you’re welcome, I’m full, I’m hungry, and I’m tired. In 1988, my aunt, Florence Griffith Joyner traveled to Korea as a United States Olympian and participated in the Seoul Olympics. She returned to the States with three gold and one silver medal. Then, in 2007, after having graduated from college, but also finding myself out of work I decided to live, work, and travel to Korea to find a new life. It was in March of 2007 that I arrived in Korea. I’ve lived in Korea for five years. One other interesting aspect about my life is that I am close friends with one of the members of the Korean hip-hop group, Drunken Tiger. Through my acquaintance with him, I was able to meet and hang out with Tiger Jk, Yoon Mirae, Bobby Kim, Gil, and other young celebrities in Korea. Nowadays, I have a good job teaching English at a university, however, it wasn’t always this way.