Story Time: Teacher’s Trip to Tongyeong

Story Time: Teacher's Trip to Tongyeong. Alternatively, the first time I was, within the bounds of Korean workplace culture, forced to do some embarrassing in front of my co-workers.   It involved a bus full of teachers, soju, and the US national anthem. But I digress. Let me start from the beginning. So on occasion…

Being a Foreigner in Korea

The weight of being a "foreigner" in Korea comes and goes.  Some days it's heavier than others. Some days the term 외국인 feels like jab. Like when a co-worker who I'm close to calls me 원어민 쌤 instead of my name. Some days it can start to feel like all I am is my "foreign-ness."…