What Would Koreans Do?

Throughout my time in Korea, which was nearly ten years, I observed Koreans doing things that my Western sensibilities misunderstood. Koreans would hike mountains at the summit of which they would toast their achievement with a bottle of Soju. At the time I thought this was a strange practice. Alcohol was the last thing one… Read More

Miss Korea 2017

The title of this blog is intentionally misleading. No, I am not writing about a beauty pageant in Korea, which some might find interesting. Then again, there are those who would find a beauty pageant in Korea less interesting due to a plethora of cosmetically altered faces, lack of diversity, and overwhelming body-image complexes. Instead I… Read More


Rome, Da Mi, and Su Jeong produced a video highlighting the challenges artists face. Both Da Mi and Su Jeong, artists in their own right, are ready to face those challenges head on. From the looks of their artwork, these two have the kind of work ethic that will help them succeed in the face… Read More

Student Stories III

In the video below Ji Seon Kim describes the life lesson her father imparted to her. The video was produced by my students, Dong Kwan Kim and Woong Bee Oh. Ji Seon is interviewed by Jae Ho Yang. My students were kind enough to name the video: The Larry Show!

Grading Papers

Part of their test was a writing section. Here is a student’s take on traveling in the Philippines. I got a kick out of reading this story for a few reasons. First, the city of Manila doesn’t strike me or many travelers as the place to just walk around. That these kids did it shocks… Read More

Winter Camp 3

I was sick. I was also on pins and needles after that encounter with the supervisor. A couple of days later I asked my coteacher outside to talk. I impressed upon her that I did not like how she handle the situation. I also impressed upon her the fact that she is my coteacher. I… Read More

Winter Camp 2

My coteacher went to the supervisor to inform him that I may be sick and that I was slacking off by using my cellphone. She returned to our classroom and said that the supervisor wanted to see me. This was the start of several interactions with that sharply dressed (at least on the first day… Read More

Winter Camp 1

One Week in November I had submitted my application for the winter camp after being referred by a colleague. Late November I hadn’t heard from the recruiter, so I called to inquire about the camp. The recruiter on the other end informed me that I must not have been selected for the camp because he hadn’t… Read More


Today I was fortunate enough to have the misfortune of sitting-in on my coworker’s class. Fortunate because observing her would lead me to new understandings about teaching, I presumed. I began to understand that these classes can be conducted in less structured ways than I had originally envisioned. She talked with her students. She engaged them. There… Read More