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ISSUE 01 October 2013

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OCTOBER 2013 INSIGHT 2 – Twiplomacy in the ROK 3 – Interview: Seo Hyunsoo

ON LOCATION 5 – Sensational Siji

MUSIC & ARTS

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Interview: I Am Robot & Proud

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Interview: Pairs

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7 – Music: And You’ve Been Missing... 10 – Festival: I like Many Records 11 – Kim Kwang Seok Road 13 – Daegu Street Style 15 – Old School: My Little Bride

HEALTHY LIVING 16 – Gathering Groceries 17 – Garlic Stem Recipe

FOOD & DRINK 18 – Yanggi Pork Grill 22 – 감자공장공장장

COMMUNITY 25 – On the Web: Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope 27 – Wellness Clinic 29 – Daegu’s Time to Give

CULTURE 30 – Talk Like a Native 31 – Korean Public Holidays 33 – Daegu in September

PLATFORM 35 – Directory 36 – Staff & Contributors

Cover photo by Christina Davies


INSIGHT

Twiplomacy in the ROK President Park Geun Hye, or to use her formal name, @GH_PARK, has recently been confirmed as the 41st most followed world leader on Twitter. Story by Nathan Ouriach

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he Burson-Marsteller company dedicated real, quantitative time to analysing over 505 Twitter accounts of presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers in 153 countries. They call it ‘Twiplomacy’, and despite being a lazy portmanteau of a name, it does show us who in the world is listened to and, conversely, who is not. After a quick look through @GH_PARK’s recent activity on Twitter, it is clear she is offering a very anodyne image of herself. She has pictures of four white dogs galloping in a garden, herself dancing with a team of salacious Mrs. Santas, and two handmade dolls with human bodies and large, Meowth-like heads. I don’t read Hangeul, but I’m sure she is saying equally harmless things for her dedicated 338, 381 followers. So far, I have only given you figures next to other nebulous figures. To conceptualise this, Pope Francis has 7.2 million followers, former ‘80s teen dreamboat Molly Ringwald has 89,033, I have 188, and my Dad has none, because he can’t use a computer. It is now common for people in the public sphere to subscribe to Twitter in a way to both promote, as well as manage, their respective “brand”. People are able to provide messages instantly and with that blue tick next to their

name, the audience can feel safe knowing that what they receive is sincere. Away from this, it is good to know that Daegu’s own @GH_PARK can persuade 338, 381 of Korea’s 50 million population to click that “follow” or, with a quick google translate, “따라”tab. I arrived in Daegu on the 18th of February, and was having my medical at the immigration centre the day @GH_PARK had her inauguration on the 25th February. I remember a Korean man telling me it was an important day, and I also remember my students providing me with their own thoughts, albeit via their own humorous and abridged version of English. Born in Samdeok-dong, @GH_PARK is not only promoting Daegu with its Colourful personality, she is also representing the first woman to be President of Korea whilst trying to palliate the perennial tension from the North; a tension that reached a peak in March just weeks after taking on her new role. I think that not only can @GH_PARK encourage a healthier relationship between the North and South with peace talks in Panmunjom, but she can also promote a wider image of our city Daegu with her fledgling viral image only growing.


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MORRISON

An interview with owner Seo Hyunsoo

“I just stumble upon something and try to find more of what I like. I play a lot of American music, but I’m into music from any country if it’s good. Right now I’m into 70’s folk rock.”

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BAR Story by June Leffler Translated by 권진경 Photography by 이신옥

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ostalgic clutter from passing cycles of university students set the laid back yet, eerie appeal of Morrsion Bar. What might be a hub for atypical Keimyung University kids, has been a unique staple of the east gate area since 1997. While attracting different levels of devotion, this hangout heirloom gains attention from all. If you thought Organ Bar or Seoul’s Bar Da were hip and different, you have seen nothing yet. Why did you start the bar? It’s a long story. This is not my dream, I got here by accident. I wasn’t happy, and because of that I’d go to my friend’s bar and drink a ton. Even though I was upset, I really enjoyed the music and the atmosphere, so I started something of my own. This place doesn’t have any intent otherwise. How would you describe the atmosphere here, and how did you accumulate so much stuff? At first there was no concept, just to be simple and laid back. Gradually I bought pictures and set up lights accordingly. Guests would bring postcards, tag the walls, or steal things. The place represents the traces of the people who have been here. It was gradual and organic. I also recycle items left on the street. I turned a key holder into a sort of knick knack shelf. What once was waste always has a new purpose here. The Korean name translates into ‘Skybook.’ Why call it Morrison Bar? I guessed foreigners couldn’t read the Hangeul. Foreigners didn’t associate the bar with the name, but they recognized Jim Morrison on the door. So foreigners would call it Jim Morrison café, or Morrison bar.

You play a lot of old school American music. How did you get into it? When I was a teenager I liked rock music, but as I get older I’m interested in softer music. It just has to be soulful. No one recommends anything to me. I just stumble upon something and try to find more of what I like. I play a lot of American music, but I’m into music from any country if it’s good. Right now I’m into 70’s folk rock. What is your drink of choice? Wurzelpeter, a 50 herb German liquor. Tequila is my favorite, but I avoid it. I become dangerous. How do people find this place? It must be from word of mouth, because I’m not really into advertising. That’s surprising, because the place is well established. I just stand here and make enough to get by. I’m near the university, but this is not a typical college bar. It’s very relaxed, but it’s good for ideal and uninhibited youth. They need different places to experience new things. Daegu’s pretty conservative, even for Korea. Why are you living and working here? I’m a Daegu native, and I guess I have some affection for this place. I do have the satisfaction of knowing that when Daegu changes, all of Korea will have changed. Morrison Bar is in the East Gate of the Seongseo Keimyung campus. Once a month, Morrison bar hosts indie bands and artists. Dates are not set in advance; just ask Seo when you come in. The bar opens everyday around 6, unless Seo’s not up to it that day.


ON LOCATION

Sensational Siji It’s easy to overlook a lot of areas in Daegu, especially if they aren’t Banwoldang or the area you live in. It would be such a shame to let these lesser-known areas go without being noticed, so I’d like to call attention to one of these lessfrequented areas: the Siji area. Story and photography by Winnie Ku

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remember the first time I ever took the subway in Daegu. I marveled at all the different subway stops there were on both lines, and noted the thumbnail pictures on the subway map, taking in how different each area looked. I told myself that before leaving Korea, I’d eventually make it a point to get off at each subway stop to see what each area had to offer. It’s easy to overlook a lot of areas in Daegu, especially if they aren’t Banwoldang or the area you live in. To me, it would be such a shame to let these lesser-known areas go without being noticed, so I’d like to call attention to one of these less-frequented areas: the Siji area. To me, Siji has the perfect blend of city and nature all in one. For those looking to get out for some good food and drink without going downtown, or for those looking to get away from the noise and traffic that sometimes comes with living in a busy metropolis city, Siji is the perfect getaway location. Located on the east end of the green line (subway line 2), Siji is a small district of Daegu, seemingly outside the main city area if viewed on a map. Just a simple 15 minute subway ride away from downtown Daegu, the area has plenty to

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offer in the way of food, drink, entertainment, nature, and even exercise. Sinmae square (located just outside exit 5 of Sinmae Station) is a bustling hotspot, with many shops, cafes, norebangs, restaurants, and a selection of bars. On hot days, the fountains in the middle of the square are turned on, to the enjoyment of all the small children running and squealing through the jets of water. An outdoor basketball court located in the middle of the square gives the area the perfect balance of busy-andbustling, yet also with a friendly-neighbourhoodcharm. For those looking to go for a scenic run without the hassle of crowded walkways, strange stares, garbage-ridden corners, or to just get out of the city for some fresh air; the Siji area is a great area for a jog, with the mountains in view, open walkways, and plenty of trees and nature


ON LOCATION to observe. Just a 15 minute walk from Sinmae Square, one can find somewhat more of a suburban feel to Daegu, as opposed to the usual condensed city look. Here are some cool places to check out and things to do in the Siji area. Step outside the box that is Banwoldang, and explore!

Check out Daegu Stadium (World Cup Stadium), an amazing building that you surely won’t miss, especially not with Usain Bolt’s massive statue at its front! It was at this stadium in 2011, that Usain Bolt set a world record time in the World Championships with the Jamaican team in the 4 x 100 meters relay. Go for a hike in 성암산 or 병 풍산 located right by the stadium. To hike one of these mountains can take between 2-5 hours, and there are many hiking trails to choose from, depending on your level. Go for a delicious lunch at one of the many restaurants Sinmae Square has to offer. Mr. Sushi, Man In The Kitchen, Okkudak Chicken, and a delicious yang-nyum galmaegisal restaurant (양념 갈매기살), are just a few of my favorites! Grab a drink at either the Beer Tunnel or the Beer Cabin bars, located just by Sinmae Square. The Beer Tunnel is of the popular “bottle bar” type, while the Beer Cabin offers outdoor patio seats, comfortable on those perfect Fall evenings! Go for a late-night coffee, or simply read your favorite book at Readers Coffee, a coffee shop located on the 7th floor at Sinmae Square. It offers a nice view of the area, while creating a relaxing ambiance for readers and coffeedrinkers alike to wind down.


MUSIC & ARTS

And You’ve Been Missing Outside of Seoul, Daegu has one of the best music scenes in the ROK. Check out some of our favourite venues, and keep an eye out for upcoming shows Stories by Ali Safavi and 조영하

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t the moment, outside of Seoul, Daegu has the best collection of bands, promoters, and venues in Korea. We have fantastic acts already playing outside the city, such as The March Kings, and Dogstar. Young exciting bands like Plastic Kid, Picnic In The Rain, and those who have been around for a while like Donovan & The 3rd Planet. We have a number of dedicated and established promoters in the city putting on good, solid line-ups too; local bands, foreigner bands, and acts from the Big Kimchi. If you are new to Daegu, however, the best place to start can be with the venues we have here. All have shows regularly covering a variety of genres and tastes. In my experience, the best way to get involved and see what’s happening is to just pop down to a few gigs, you might meet someone wearing a t-shirt of a band you heart,

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you might see a band who get your motor running (musically speaking), or you might just dig the atmosphere of the venue and go again, but either way you will see something you like in Daegu if you try. Take a look below at some our favorite places around town. Daegu Music Garage Daegu Music Garage aka Horus, opened in December 2011. Based on a DIY and industrial design, there are always plenty of local bands with experimental style playing here. Music Garage is open as a practice space on weekdays and Sundays, and runs as a live bar of Fridays and Saturdays. Urban Located centrally, and the venue for the majority of gigs that play in Daegu, Urban is a must visit for any music lover. Regularly holding gigs of Daegu locals, international artists, or new and upcoming DJ’s,

something is always happening here, no matter your musical preference. Jeng-iy Small, and with a cosy candle-lit atmosphere, Jeng-iy is a hidden gem of a bar. With a wide selection of drinks available, and with a variety of music played, it is a fantastic place to spend a relaxed evening. Good for small groups, enjoy the eclectic feel of the bar and some of the live gigs regularly held here. The Pollack An independent bookstore located in Daemyeong-dong, The Pollack holds small and intimate shows, mostly of the acoustic, chill, and electronica style. Holding no more than 25 people at one time, it is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate show.


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I AM ROBOT & PROUD O

n the cusp of his second tour of South Korea we spent some internet time with Shaw-Han Liem, better know to his mum as ‘I Am Robot & Proud’. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Shaw-Han has collaborated and performed with a number of fantastic musicians such as Jim Guthrie, and Boredoms drummer Senju Muneomi. ‘Sound Shapes’, a platform game with a musical bent was co-created by Shaw-Han, and has received many positive words. I Am Robot & Proud’s gorgeous new album ‘Touch/Tone’ was released in September, and is available from all good internet places. So you are from Toronto but you live in Osaka now, is that correct? What brought you to these parts? Are Asian audiences any different to those in Canada? I actually still live in Toronto, but tour in Asia regularly. I would say there some small differences, but for the most part... Do you feel as if your music has been influenced by being on a Japanese label? I’ve had a Japanese label for my last two albums - I would say more so than that specifically [that] touring in Asia and meeting a lot of musicians has influenced my music. I’ve done a lot of collaborations and remix work for artists in China, Taiwan, and Japan and I think being around these musicians, working with them creatively

and having their perspectives on music definitely shapes my own. Do you find it difficult to continue writing music whilst on tour? Or is that something that has to take a break when you are away from home? I think it’s tough for me to write on tour because it’s rare to get a big stretch of time with nothing to do. What’s more likely is that something interesting or new happens during the show, maybe it’s a huge accident, but I’ll try and repeat it and add it to the next show. Finally, are there any future plans for you to collabo-write more games and/or game music after the success of Sound Shapes? I think it’s a really interesting time to be involved in games, especially in the smaller indie studios. There are a lot of parallels actually with indie music, in the sense that it’s a lot of young creative people that try and make these crazy ideas and put them into the world. I Am Robot & Proud will play at Urban on October 10th. With support from Busan’s equally bliss Sima Kim. Infotainment can be attained here: supercolorsuper.com


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airs from Shanghai, China will be coming to our fair city in the valley on October 3rd, to scuzz rock some socks off. We sat down for a friendly bit of emailing with drummer/ singer Xiao Zhong, to see what’s what in the land of outspoken political comment deleted. So what inspired you to come up with one of the hardest to Google for band names in history? Originally, the idea was to have a constantly changing name, so one week it would be Their Pairs, then the next it would be They’re Pears, then it would be There Pearz, but I think we realised that was pretty stupid and settled in Pairs.  Sadly, we didn’t think about the difficulty in Googling, otherwise it’s a safe assumption that we’d be the biggest band on the planet. Will this be your first time in Korea? If so is there anything you want to try? Yeah, totally first time in Korea! Should be an alright time. When I asked about where we should sleep after the shows, I was told that love motels are the way to go. That sounds pretty awesome! But personally, I don’t need to do any touristy stuff, I’m happy to just sit and drink on a street corner and talk to anyone who wants to talk to me. Mini golf and laser tag are always cool though.

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Is it difficult to get a band started in China? Is there any red-tape you have to go through? For example, do you have to submit your lyrics to The Man for approval? Nah, not really. If you play big festivals you have to submit your lyrics and set lists, but like most things in China they aren’t really enforced or policed. Smaller shows are no real problem. You can find people to play with, find spaces to practice, and venues to play in, but finding people with similar ideas or ideals is a bit of a struggle. Finally, what would you like people to bring to your shows in Korea? Any good stories involving B or C grade celebrities. I’m all about that, I just heard a good Kenny G one. Also, any good heckles! I love that stuff. Chinese audiences can be too quiet and shy. I like it when people yell stuff and get involved. If anyone wants to bring their band CD’s or merch, we’re happy to do a swap or something. Bring anything that you reckon will make your night better. Maybe one of those sticks with sliced potato on it. Are they good? They look pretty ace! Pairs will play at Jeng-iy bar on October 3rd. With support from local band Colours Infotainment can be attained here: facebook. com/events/583833415012648/


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Festival:

I Like Many Records The first I Like Many Records festival will be held at Jengiy bar (‘that Jimi Hendrix bar’ to most), on Saturday October 12th. The day will be a celebration of good music in Daegu (plus a few friends from other towns), bringing together both the Korean and foreign music lovers in this town. It will also endeavour to raise a lot of money for three worthwhile charities in the city: Daegu’s Time To Give, Korean Animal Protection Society (KAPS), and Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). There will be cakes, BBQs, DJs (the good kind) and live music. Daegu’s Picnic In The Rain, Plastic Kiz, Dogstar, Andrew Blad, Common Common, Foxtrot, and Colours will be showing, along with Genius from Busan, Colin Phils from Cheonan, and The Prison Muder Gospel Choir from Cheongju. Members of the Daegu Theatre Troop will also be performing a short bit in association with LiNK. Where: Jeng-iy Bar. When: October 12th 2013. Starts at 4pm. How much: 5,000W at the door. Know more, be better for it: facebook.com/ ilikemanyrecords


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김광석 다시 그리기 길 Kim Kwang Seok Road

Kim Kwang Seok was an 80’s singer-songwriter from Daebongdong, Daegu. Though he tragically died early on in life, his music made great impressions upon the people of Korea, particularly Daegu, and continues to live on. We would like to introduce Kim Kwang Seok Memorial Road, located within Bangcheon Market, a relaxing and creative place to spend an afternoon exploring.

Story by 허유진 & 이세화 Photography by Ali Safavi and Jeff Freeman

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he murals along the street are rough rather than refined, or polished, which demonstrates the dark and turbulent era of Korea in the 80’s, and has a strong focus on the everyday people. The artworks found here also match his song lyrics, so fans can enjoy guessing which one portrays their favorite song. Like most street art, the viewer also can participate in the art, and if you’re lucky you may even stumble upon someone painting a new piece. The written lyrics on the wall remind us of his warm smile, and melancholy voice on the stage, and appeals to many different generations due to the relatable lyrics of his music. In this regard,

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this street helps different generations with different backgrounds communicate and harmonize, despite their varying life experiences. There are also plenty of small local studios, gallery cafés, and stores around the road. All these shops have their own unique atmosphere; a kind of vintage and handmade style, reflective of the memorial walk. In particular, opposite the red phone booth, is the gallery café ‘Autumn’. Here they offer the chance for local, upcoming, and unknown artists to show their work to customers, and they regularly change the artwork displayed, so there is always something new to experience.


MUSIC & ARTS 서른즈음에 Around thirty 또 하루 멀어져간다. 내뿜은 담배연기처럼 Another day grows farther fading like cigarette smoke 작기만한 내 기억속에 무얼 채워살고있는지? In my little memory, wondering how they fill in what has passed 점점 멀어져간다. 머물러있는 청춘인줄 알았는데 Further and further away it becomes. I believed my youth would always remain 비어가는 내 가슴속에 더 아무것도 찾을수 없네 No longer can I find anything in my emptying heart 계절은 다시 돌아오겠지만 떠나간 내 사랑은 어디에? Seasons will return, but where is my love that left me? 내가 떠난보낸것도 아닌데 내가 떠나온것도 아닌데 I’ve never let you go and never left 조금씩 잊혀져간다.머물러있는 청춘인줄 알았는데 Little by little it is forgotten. I believed my youth would always remain 또 하루 멀어져간다. 매일 이별하며 살고있구나 Another day grows farther. Day by day, I live with the sorrow of parting


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Daegu Street Style Interview by 손민지 Photography by Matthew Stroud

Jeong Jong-Wook

Kim Tae-Hwan

Age 22 Fashion Style Vintage Style Shopping Spots Internet shopping mall, Second-hand shop in Dong-seong-ro Hat Honorland 928 (20,000won, he is running his own online hat store (www.honorland928. com) Shoes Adidas Canvas

Age 22 Fashion Style Vintage Style Shopping Spots Online shopping stores, Second-hand stores Top Uniqlo (10,000won) Bottom Lee101 (28,0000won)

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Son Yu-Jeong

Kim Min-Ji | Kim Se-In

Age 29 Fashion Style Signature Style Shopping Spots Second-hand shop, imported clothes shop Shoes Onitsuka Tiger (150,000won)

Age 20 | 20 Fashion Style Unique Style | Street Style Shopping Spots High Street | Imported clothes store, Online shopping stores Shoes Onitsuka Tiger (150,000won) | Vans Sk8 Hi (590,000won) Bag Couch (250,000won)


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Old School

My Little Bride Story by Jasetyn Hatcher

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ased on a Hong Kong film entitled “My Wife is 18,” the second-most popular Korean film of 2004, “My Little Bride” (어린 신 부) put a different spin on the original. With an intriguing premise and a fantastic cast, it’s no wonder why it was so popular. However, there is also a thought-provoking storyline that is sure to offend some people, and part of the film’s charm comes from this unconventionality. Fifteen year old Boeun is a freshman in high school when her grandfather’s promise to a wartime friend changes her life forever. She is tricked into marrying her family friend Sangmin to fulfill that promise. “My Little Bride” takes some liberties for the purpose of being humorous: it wouldn’t be very funny if the two main characters had a secret wedding and went about their normal lives. However, the “funny” parts of the film can also be quite cringeworthy, considering that a young girl’s entire family believes that keeping this promise is worth potentially risking her future prospects.

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Considering that Boeun is 16, and Sangmin is graduating college and fancies himself a ladies man. Considering that when the parents take Sangmin aside and ask him not to sexually pursue Boeun, he insists he can do whatever he wants with “his” wife. How charming! Trying to find reviews of this film in English was not difficult; it was a very popular film. What was difficult was to find a review that shared my discomforts with the large issues presented by the film’s premise and execution. Perhaps it is only my socialization that made this movie a sweet, funny, but very awkward watch. Therefore, however disconcerting, I highly suggest watching the film for the purpose of pure enjoyment or further discussion. You can find the entire movie online on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=hNWQI1MAGU0


HEALTHY LIVING

Gathering Groceries In a land where street food is conveniently fast but well-greased, eating out is a social staple, the deep fried revolution of chicken has yet to be deemed unhealthy, and where even the garlic bread is coated with sugar; one of the most commonly heard waygook complaints is that it is impossible to eat healthily whilst living in Korea. Story by Louisa Kouzapas

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hile we’re not about to criticize all Korean food as unhealthy (we all love a good jjigae after all), we are acknowledging the challenges of clean living diets in Daegu. Perhaps the hardest thing when moving to Korea is the unfamiliar territory, gathering groceries becomes something to fear – the fifty varieties of soy sauce looming over you, not being able to tell which is brown rice in amongst the 5kg bags stacked to the ceiling, and not to mention the accusatory eyes of the whole fish you’d really like filleted but you’re not quite sure how to ask for it without miming something akin to a 90s horror movie. We put together a list of grocery pointers to help you stay on track with healthy eating. Use Daegu’s markets: great for fresh fish, fresh meats, tofu, vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts. The sights and smells of Daegu’s street markets are something of a novelty for most foreigners; wrinkled cross legged ajummas smile up at you whilst skillfully skinning garlic and tidily trimming earthy roots so that you don’t have to. If you want fresh, you can’t get much fresher. If you want cheap, you’ll not get much cheaper than the bucket of apples you negotiated down to 2000 won and a yet-to-be-identified fruit thrown in for free. While it might seem “easier” to head straight to your local conglomerate you’ll be paying that 2000 won for a single apple. Try starting with Seomun Market (서문시장) on the green line, it’s the biggest in Daegu and

likely to carry most of the produce you’re looking for. Bukbu International Area: great for exotic and foreign foods. Bukbu Bus Terminal (북부정류장) is an area where many other nationalities have settled, if you have a craving for something a little more colorful and fragrant then you’ll find it here. Nestled among the array of Indian and Chinese food restaurants you can find some great marts selling supplies of international foods. You want coriander, turmeric, tempeh, limes, coconut milk or dates? They’ve got them! Organic food stores: for your antibioticfree, hormone-free, pesticide-free needs. There are many emerging co-operative shops in Daegu, from Nonghyup (not just a bank) to iCoop you’ll be able to find organic produce, fresh breads, hormone free meats and free range, antibiotic-free eggs. iCoop (http://icoop. or.kr/coopmall/) has many branches scattered over Daegu but you may need a membership to shop with them. If you’re on the hunt for other farm and organic shops around Daegu then you’ll find a great guide on the Daegu Green Living website (http://noksaeksari.blogspot.kr/). We’re not saying it’s easy to stay svelte in Korea, and sometimes you might have to get a little creative, especially when faced with single-pansingle-hob-syndrome. Hopefully this guide will help you stay on track although sadly, we won’t cook your meals for you.


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Garlic Stem A Cheap and Delicious Asparagus Alternative Story and photography by Erica Berry

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ince living in Korea I’ve had my fair share of “WTF is this?” moments at the grocery store and local markets. I’ve learned to roll with the seasons and try new things. Some finds are great – lotus root, anyone? Some are not – Beondegi. My most recent discovery is garlic stem. I first bought them at Home Plus a few weeks ago, simply because they were on discount for 800 won and contained the word garlic. As you’ll come to realize, I’m a garlic fanatic. Garlic in the morning, garlic in the evening, and garlic at supper time. Seriously, I love garlic. Not having a clue what to do with my garlic stem, I looked to Google for a little help. Turns out, it can be used in a number of recipes like stir-fry’s, eggs, and pesto, and is a substitute for one of my favorite summer veggies – asparagus! If you’ve ever tried to buy asparagus in Korea you know that it is incredibly expensive (almost 4,000 won for 3 spears!), which is more than enough to keep me from indulging. So what can you do with garlic stem? You can make one of my delicious new favorite recipes… Garlic Stem Sauté with Lemon Juice. After having experimented with my Englishlabeled garlic stem from Home Plus, I found it at Wolbae Market for about half the shelf price of the super store. It looks a little different, with the flower bulb still attached, but cutting it off is simple and will save you some money. If you’re having trouble spotting it, ask for Maneuljjong. Maneul means “garlic.”

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Remember… home-cooking in Korea can be cheap, healthy and fun! If you’re looking for more easy and healthy recipes follow me on Instagram @TheOriginalEB. Do you have any ingredients you’d like me to experiment with for future issues? Tweet me at @TheOriginalEB. Bon appetite! Garlic Stem Sauté with Lemon Juice Prep Time: 4 minutes Cook Time: 6 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Difficulty: Easy Ingredients: • 1 package/ a large handful garlic stem • 1 tbsp cooking oil • ½ tsp sea salt • ½ tsp black pepper • 5 garlic cloves, sliced • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional) • 1 tbsp lemon juice Directions: 1. In a medium sauté pan, heat cooking oil over medium heat. 2. Add garlic stem and sliced garlic cloves. Sauté for 1 minute. 3. Add sea salt, black pepper and cayenne, if using. Sauté for 5 minutes or until garlic and garlic stems have browned. 4. Plate and sprinkle with lemon juice.


FOOD & DRINK

YANGGI PORK GRILL Photography by Tom Rogers


FOOD & DRINK Story by Maxwell Shellabarger Translation by 윤순희

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anggi Pork Grill was actually one of the first restaurants that I was introduced to upon moving to Daegu just over a year ago. At that time, I didn’t really realize the gem I had stumbled upon. Everything was still so new to me then that I took for granted just how different this barbeque place was. It has a lot to offer that sets it apart from your run of the mil samgyeopsal spot. This time I stopped by with a couple of Korean friends. Both times that I visited, I opted for the yang nyeom goo-ee, which is essentially marinated pork rib meat. I was disappointed neither time; it is absolutely delicious. You will be served bright red strips that are a little bit spicy, and have a distinct flavour compared with normal barbeque meat. We also ordered a bowl of doenjang jjigae. The jjigae here, though a staple in barbeque restaurants, absolutely stands up compared to other, more expensive restaurants. For three people, one order of the meat, along with the jjigae and a couple bowls of rice filled us up completely, to the extent that I had difficulty finishing the last tasty morsels of meat. Considering the cost of those items on the menu, this is an unbelievable bargain. Also, if you speak even

the tiniest bit of Korean, the owner (a kind adjumma) will try to talk your ear off, something that I find quite endearing. The rest of the menu is similarly reasonably priced, though I cannot speak to the quality of the other meat options. I’m sure they are also delicious. Beer and soju are approximately the same price as you would find anywhere else. While on the topic of drinks, I recommend the dae namu soju that is featured on the right side of the menu. It is a little more expensive, but it tastes like apple juice, and is hands down my favourite variety of soju. With regards to pros and cons, I would have to say that this place is absolutely worth the effort. It’s quite small, which would present a problem if you’re trying to go there with more than four or five people. Furthermore, the atmosphere is that of your typical barbeque restaurant. It is the quality and taste of the food that makes this restaurant special, despite it’s normalcy, and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone eating on a budget who is looking for something different to your typical Korean barbeque.

“양기 생돼지 양념구이”는 약 일년 전 대구에 처음 왔을 때 소개받았던 식당들 중 하나였다. 그 당시만 해도 이 식당이 얼마나 근사한지 알지 못했다. 모든 것이 새롭기만 했기 때문에 이 숯불갈비 식당의 독 특함 조차도 그저 당연시 생각했기 때문이다. 그러 나 이 식당은 여러 면으로 볼 때 우리 주변의 다른 삼겹살식당과 차이가 있다. 이번에 몇몇 한국인 친 구와 함께 이 식당을 다시 찾아가 보았다. 여느 때와 마찬가지로, 양념장에 재워진 돼지 갈비를 주문하였 다. 역시 이번에도 실망시키지 않는 맛을 선사해주 었다. 선홍색의 가늘고 긴 고기들은 다소 매운 편이 지만 다른 식당의 숯불구이와는 다른 독특함이 있 다. 된장찌개 역시 다른 식당에서도 고정적인 메뉴 이지만 값비싼 식당의 맛과 견주어도 오히려 그 맛 이 뛰어나다. 우리 일행은 3명 이었는데 고기, 찌게 ,그리고 밥을 주문했고 그 양은 충분하여, 오히려 마 지막 고기 몇 점은 남길 정도였다. 메뉴판의 가격을 고려해 보았을 때 전체적인 가격은 상당히 저렴하 다. 게다가, 당신이 만약 한국어를 한마디라도 한다 면, 주인아주머니는 아마도 당신의 귀가 떨어져 나

갈 만큼 정감 어린 많은 말들을 건네실 것이다.이 또 한 이 식당의 장점 중 하나이다. 다른 종류의 메뉴에 대해선 정확히 말할 수 없으 나 가격은 상당히 합리적이며, 맛 또한 좋을 것으로 확신한다. 맥주 및 소주 가격 역시 다른 곳과 비슷한 정도이다. 주류에 관해 추천하자면, 메뉴판 오른쪽 에 있는 대나무 소주를 추천한다. 이 대나무 소주는 약간 비싼 듯하지만, 사과 주스와 같은 맛으로 개인 적으로 좋아하는 소주 중 하나이다. 이 식당에 대해 여러 의견이 있을 수 있겠지만, 절 대적으로 가 볼만한 식당이다. 다만 규모가 협소하 여 네 다섯 명 이상의 사람들과 함께 동행할 경우 다 소 좁게 느껴질 수도 있다. 또한 이 식당의 분위기 는 전형적인 고깃집과 비슷하다. 이렇듯 평범함이 묻어나는 장소이지만, 그럼에도 이 식당을 아주 특 별하게 만드는 것은 바로 음식의 맛과 질이다. 그래 서 합리적인 가격을 추구하며 전형적인 한국의 숯불 고기 이상의 것을 찾는 분들께는 이 식당을 꼭 추천 하고 싶다.

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무더운 여름, 우리가 찾아간 곳은 한국인보다는 외 국인에게 더 많이 알려진 상인동의 한 자그마한 식 당,”양기 생돼지 양념구이”이다. 몇 개월 만에 방문 한 우리를 알아보시고 인사해주시는 게 인상적이었 다. 간단한 인사를 나누고 주문을 하였으며, 얼마간 의 수다 후 사장님께서 직접 고기를 가져와 구워 주 셨다. 양념구이는 본인의 취향에 따라 먹는 방법이 다양하다. 그냥 먹어도 되고, 된장, 쌈과 함께 먹어 도 좋다. 양념구이와 함께 제공된 쌈, 밥, 그리고 양 파 등 본인이 원하는 음식을 넣으면 조화로운 고기 쌈을 맛볼 수 있다. 보통 양념고기는 먹고 나면 입안 에서 냄새가 많이 남지만, 이 곳의 양념구이는 먹고 난 후에도 냄새가 별로 남지 않는 깔끔함이 있다. 또 한, 함께 간 외국인 Max에게도 짜거나 맵지 않았다. 식사를 하는 동안, 주인 아저씨께 이 식당이 어떻 게 외국인들에게 유명해지게 되었는지 들을 수 있었 다. 약 2년 전 상인동의 한 미국인 여자 영어강사를

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n a hot summer day, some friends and I went to a place which is very famous among foreigners in Daegu, “Yanggi Pork Grill”. We first went there together several months ago, yet despite the time passing since our last visit the host still remembered us. We ordered and the host roasted the meat himself. There are many ways to eat the meat served here. Eating just the meat alone, is just as satisfying as enjoying it with the vegetables and soybean sauce provided. The smell of meat cooking in this restaurant isn’t overpowering, so after eating the smell of the restaurant doesn’t linger on you like you can often find in bbq places. Also, it wasn’t too salty or spicy for my foreign friend Max, so those who struggle with this will be fine eating here.

좋아하게 된 한국 남자가 데이트 신청을하여 이곳에 오게 되었고, 그 영어강사는 이 식당의 음식에 흠뻑 매료되어 동료나 친구들에게 이 식당을 많이 추천했 다고 한다. 그 후로 이곳은 상인동이나 달서구에 거 주하는 외국인들의 명소가 되었으며, 그 영어강사의 가족들이 한국을 방문하였을 때 이 식당에서 가족과 함께 식사를 하였다고 한다, 물론 그 영어강사는 다 시 미국으로 돌아갔지만, 말씀하시는 아저씨의 표 정에서 외국인들과의 좋은 추억을 엿볼 수 있었다. 무더운 여름, 냉면이나 팥빙수처럼 시원한 음식 이 생각나기도 하지만, 담백한 고기와 더불어 옆집 아저씨 같은 친근한 미소와 함께 친구들과의 우정을 만들고 싶다면, 이곳을 추천하고 싶다. 너도나도 모두가 가는 동성로가 아닌, 이곳 상 인동에서 나만의 특별한 추억을 만들어 보길 희망 한다.

During the meal, the host talked with us about why the restaurant was famous to foreigners. Two years ago, a Korean man who fell in love with an American teacher brought her to this place and she loved the food. After that, she introduced this restaurant to her friends and coworkers. As time goes by, more and more foreigners come to this restaurant, though it is still relatively unknown. It is nice to escape the business of downtown and Dongseongro now and again, and I certainly recommend that you pay Yanggi Pork Grill a visit if you are looking for a new and friendly restaurant to spend an evening in.


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FOOD & DRINK Story by Courtney Vendramin Translation by 박명수

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ne of my new favorite places in Daegu is 감자공장공장장. What makes 감자공장공 장장 so different from the other bars in the Daegu area is their selection of specialty beers combined with their cool, indie atmosphere. When first entering the bar it seemed small and quiet, however as we stayed popularity grew, and a line to enter formed outside. But don’t let the lines discourage you by any means, because this place is definitely worth it! The specialty beer selection is what makes the bar stand out from any others. Most notably because 감자공장공장장 is the only bar in Daegu to sell grapefruit beer. The grapefruit beer, along with apple and cream flavored beers, is a great choice to cool you down in the Daegu summer, or warm your insides when it starts to become colder. If you’re unsure about the beer’s unusual sweet or sour taste like myself, then don’t worry. I was gladly surprised. All three flavors were very delicious, smooth, and not too sweet. Out of the three, the grapefruit beer is definitely my favourite. I could have easily stayed there all night,

especially as the decorative beer bottles and artwork gives the bar a very cool, chill atmosphere. If specialty beer isn’t your thing, they have a number of different bottled beers to choose from as well. If their beer wasn’t delicious enough, they also serve potato fries which is the perfect combination with a cold beer. They have different flavors to choose from including the mouthwatering Cajun spice. Compared to other bars in Daegu the beer and food comes at a reasonable price. Their specialty beers range between 2,500won to 4,000won, and their potato fries can range from 3000won to 5,000won, depending on size, with many different flavors to choose from. The service was excellent as the bartenders were very friendly and quick with our orders. 감자공장공장장 is definitely a hidden gem in Daegu for those of us not living in the Duryu area! I would absolutely recommend it. 감자공장공장 장 is the perfect place to go for a beer no matter what time of the week.

대구에서 내가 제일 좋아하는 장소는 단연 “감자공 장공장장”이다. 이곳이 대구의 다른 바들과 견주어 더욱 특별한 이유는 인디풍의 분위기와 더불어 이 곳에서 맛 볼 수 있는 특별한 맥주에 있다. 처음 이 곳에 들어서면, 조용하고 작아 보이지만 오래 지나 지 않아 사람들의 발걸음이 잦아지기 시작하고, 곧 밖에는 사람들이 줄을 서기 시작한다. 이곳이 독특 한 이유는 바로 이곳만의 특별맥주에 있다. 자몽맥 주, 크림맥주, 그리고 사과맥주는 대구의 뜨거운 여 름을 시원하게 보낼 수 있게 해주며, 날이 선선해 질 가을날이면 또한 속을 따뜻하게 해준다. 만약 필자 처럼 너무 달거나 신 맥주 맛이 썩 내키지 않더라도

한번 시도해본다면 그 맛에 깜작 놀랄 것이다. 이 3 종류의 맥주 중에서 개인적으로는 자몽맥주가 가장 맘에 들었으며, 장식용 맥주 병과 여러 예술작품으 로 둘러 쌓인 바의 내부는 무척 세련되고 쿨한 분위 기를 자아내고 있어, 밤새도록 머물 수 있을 것만 같 았다. 만약에 이런 특별한 맥주에 별 매력을 느끼 지 못하더라도 이곳은 다양한 종류의 맥주가 구비 되어 있다. 이곳의 맥주에 별 흥미를 느끼지 않더라도 차가운 맥주와 더불어 함께 먹으면 강력한 콤비가 되는 감 자튀김을 주문 할 수 있다. 입맛을 돌게 해주는 케이 준부터 다양한 맛의 감자 튀김을 판매한다. 대구 내 다른 주점들과 비교하여 맥주와 음식 가격대는 합 리적인 편이며, 특별 맥주는 2,500원에서 4,000 원 사이, 감자 튀김은 크기에 따라 3,000원에서 5,000원 사이에 판매된다. 바 직원들의 서비스도 훌륭하며 바텐더들은 아주 친절하고 주문 즉시 신속 하게 음식을 내어온다. 두류 지역 거주민인 아닌 모두에게 “감자공장공 장장”은 숨어진 대구의 보석과 같은 곳으로 적극 추 천하고 싶은 곳 이다. 언제든지 맥주 한잔 하고 싶은 곳으로 이보다 나은 곳이 없다고 자부한다.

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대구에서 소위 놀만 한 곳이라고 하면 모두 외치는 ‘ 동성로’. 밥을 먹든 술을 마시든 내, 외국인 모두 동 성로를 찾는다. 이런 대구에 새롭게 떠오르는 hot place가 있다. 일명 ‘광고’라 불리는 광장코아. 대구 지하철 2호선을 타고 두류역 7번 출구에 내린 후 정 면에 보이는 골목으로 들어가면 광장코아 거리가 나 온다. 광장코아 거리를 따라 걸으면 술집과 고깃집 들이 즐비해있다. 그중 우리가 찾은 곳은 ‘감자공장 공장장’이라는 작은 술집이다. 이곳은 ‘자몽 맥주’로 유명해졌으며 광장코아에서도 가장 유명한 곳 중 하 나이다. 대략 4명의 스텝들은 때로는 무표정해 보이 지만 어떤 요구에도 친절히 응해주었고, 테이블 10 개 미만의 작은 규모임에도 신나는 클럽음악과 자유 로운 분위기가 활기를 자아내었다.‘감자공장공장장’ 의 주 메뉴는 ‘자몽맥주’이며, ‘자몽맥주’는 자몽 특 유의 신맛보다는 자몽의 단맛만이 남아 독특한 맛 을 낸다. 이 맥주는 마치 음료를 마시는 것 같아 술 을 잘 즐기지 못하는 사람도 쉽게 마실 수 있을 듯하 다. 자몽맥주 이외에도 애플맥주, 크림맥주 등 독특 한 맥주들이 있다. 애플맥주는 청사과맛이 나는 맥 주이며 사과의 달콤함이 감도는 상큼한 맛이라 특히 여성들에게 인기가 좋다. 크림맥주는 맥주 위에 부 드러운 크림이 잔뜩 올라간 맥주인데 목넘김이 부드 럽다. 하지만 일반맥주와 큰 차이가 없기 때문에 달

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ot only Koreans, but also foreigners, think that the only good places to eat or drink are in ‘Dongseongro’. But there is a ‘hot place’, yet to be discovered by many. Located nearby to Duryu Park, you will see many other interesting bars and restaurants along the way. The hot place I want to show you is 감자공장공장장. It is a small sized bar, which has just 10 tables, but is famous in Daegu for its grapefruit beer. There are only 4 waiters, and even though it’s small, the atmosphere is open, inviting, and there is strong beat music playing throughout. The main menu is grapefruit beer and it has sweet and unique taste. People who don’t like alcohol, however, can enjoy this beer like soft soda, and they also sell apple and cream beer, too. The apple beer tastes extremely fresh, just like green apples, while the cream beer has cream on top of the beer, and has a sweeter, softer flavor to it. I personally recommend the grapefruit or apple beer. In particular, the crimson color of grapefruit beer

콤한 맥주를 마시기 위해 이곳을 찾아 왔다면 크림 맥주보다는 자몽맥주와 애플맥주를 권한다. 특히 다 홍빛을 띄는 자몽맥주는 기존의 과일 맥주들과 차별 화 되었으며 아주 맛이 좋다. 그리고 이곳은 감자튀 김을 주요 안주로 내세우고 있다. 감자튀김의 사이 즈를 정하고 소스를 고를 수 도 있으며 다양한 맛의 양념감자를 고를 수 도 있다. 이외에도 나초치즈와 고르곤졸라피자등의 안주가 있다. 맛있고 싼 맥주와 신나는 분위기가 어우러지는 ‘ 감자공장공장장’의 가장 큰 단점은 10개 미만의 테 이블이다. 유명세를 타면서 이곳을 찾는 사람은 많 아졌지만 테이블의 수가 너무 적어 오픈시간 10분 후부터 대기해야 할 만큼 규모가 작다. 이점을 제 외한다면 맛, 분위기, 가격, 직원의 친절도 모두 높 은 점수를 줄 수 있는 장소이다. 또한 이곳에서 그 리 멀지 않은 곳에 두류공 원이 있어 술 한잔 후 공원 을 거닐 수 있어 더욱 추 천한다.

is very pretty. The main side dish offered here are thick fries. You can choose the size and sauce to accompany them. You can choose from a variety of sauces including spice or garlic, if the fries don’t take your fancy they offer other side dishes like nacho cheese and pizza. The downside of this bar is the size, with just under 10 tables. It is a famous place amongst the locals now; however the size remains the same. Due to this we had to wait up to 10 minutes to enter. Other than this, the taste, atmosphere, price, and service are perfect, and I would happily recommend anyone to spend a few hours there before taking a stroll around Duryu Park.


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aleena Quarles is an avid traveler and blogger from California who moved to Daegu almost a year ago to live, work, and explore the land of the morning calm and beyond. Her blog is comprised of humorous anecdotes, travel stories, and mouth-watering recipes. This blog is a great blend of honesty, humor, and reflection that will surely keep you entertained while allowing you to reflect on your own experiences of living in the ROK. What is the meaning behind the title of your blog, Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope? To be honest, I’m a huge fan of alliteration and when I was playing around with words it just sounded good. But once I thought more about it, I realized that a kaleidoscope is a way of capturing and viewing the lights and colors of the world; my blog, similarly, shows my way of seeing the world (although a real kaleidoscope probably provides far less awkward moments). My tag line

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is “Live A Colorful Life”; yes, I know it’s cheesy, but doesn’t everyone need a little cheese in their life? Especially here in Korea. I know that I need. more. cheese. It’s really all about my goal of living a unique and colorful life. What has surprised you the most about living in Daegu? Before Korea, I’d only ever lived in small towns. Moving to a city with millions of people, I expected to have a hard time meeting many people and didn’t think I would run into the same people often. Obviously that is not the case in Daegu, and I’ve been surprised at how close knit the expat community is. On any given night I can run into at least half a dozen friends and acquaintances downtown. For better or worse, the fact that everyone seems to know everyone (and most of their business) lends itself to a small town feel, despite the large size of the city.


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In one of your blog posts, you speak of the “honeymoon period” and the culture shock that sets in shortly afterward. How did you get through it and what advice would you give to help others? As I discussed in my post, culture shock is entirely a real thing and every person who moves abroad will experience it to some extent. In a way, you may never completely get over it and you will always be throwing your hands up in exasperation crying out, “Why, Korea? WHY?” The best way I’ve learned to cope is, first and foremost, just to breathe; let it out and don’t take things personally.

Next, set up your own routine and get comfortable with daily life. Carve out your own little groove and once the things like ordering food and grocery shopping become a bit easier, dealing with the larger differences between Korean culture and your own will become more tolerable. And when in doubt, go to Costco and splurge on large quantities of cheese. To read more about Kaleena and her adventures, check out: kaleenaskaleidoscope.com


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Wellness Clinic Story by Kaleena Quarles Illustrations by Stephen Elliott

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efore I came to Korea I was fairly certain the only food they ate here was kimchi. I’m going to get so skinny, I thought gleefully. Six months and an undisclosed amount of weight gained later, here I am. Myth busted. I tried lowering my consumption of rice, much to the exasperation of my coteachers (“WHY don’t you have any rice on your plate? I don’t UNDERSTAND!”), and suffered through Jillian Michael’s agonizing cackle during the 30 Day Shred, but all to no avail. A friend suggested we check out one of the ubiquitous weight loss clinics and, although I

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doubted their ability to really help me, I shrugged and decided to go. If nothing else, it would make for a good story, right? And it absolutely did. When we arrived we were ushered into the “Foreigner Consultation Room”. Yes, there was an entirely separate room designated, in large stenciled writing on the door, for foreigners. The doctor asked us some questions about our eating and exercise habits and then put us on a fancy machine that measured all kinds of statistics, like our body fat percentage, muscle composition, water content, etc. When it came time to review the results, the


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doctor looked at me grimly. “Everything is good--you must workout a lot--except your body fat percentage. In fact, you are obese.” I looked at him with my best you-must-be-joking face. I’ll be the first to admit that I presently have a little extra cushion for the pushin’, but I also think I am entitled to at least 15 more cheesecakes before I hit the realm of obesity. “Obese? Really?” I asked dubiously. “Yes, obese. You should lose your appetite. Lose your appetite at every meal.” “Every meal,” I repeated. “Right.” In other words, just stop eating for a month or two and you won’t be obese anymore! Hooray! Next he took us to meet with another doctor who would prescribe us with a “treatment.” They asked me about my diet and exercise and when I explained that most of the time I ate really healthy and I exercised almost every day, they seemed perplexed. “So why can’t you lose your fat?” they asked. If I knew the answer I wouldn’t be here, I

wanted to grumble. They kept asking me questions, determined to find the culprit of my weight gain and certain there was a clear answer. “Do you snack? Do you eat any foods late at night?” I conceded that sometimes, if I’m hungry at night, I’ll eat a tablespoon of peanut butter. They looked at each other suddenly, and smiled and nodded as if they had just solved the world’s most mysterious crime. They began speaking in Korean and the woman mimed eating spoonful after spoonful of something. Ah yes, she eats a jar of peanut butter every night, that is why she is obese! they were saying. I sighed; this was getting ridiculous. They were willing to sign us up for an array of plastic surgery or weight loss procedures on the spot, but we opted just to hear about the diet pills. They took us to the in-house pharmacy and, without having asked us anything about our health history or telling us what drugs they would prescribe us, gave us some unmarked white pills wrapped in individual plastic. We left laughing and shaking our heads in shock at the whole experience. While it’s not something I would personally recommend, if you’re curious about the world of Korean weight loss, feel free to check it out. Just don’t tell them about your peanut butter addiction.

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Daegu’s Time To Give Story by Jason Bridgewater Photographs supplied by Daegu’s Time To Give

Originally founded in 2011 by a team of three expat teachers, DTTG was set up to aid the less advantaged children of Daegu.

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urrently ran by Natalie O’Sullivan and Ali Safavi, the charity is continually seeing new blood get involved and is always looking for willing volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Natalie provided us with this statement: “The organization’s main objective is to find channels in order to help people to support disadvantaged children in the community. If people are interested in assisting in any way, we would love to hear from them.” You may ask yourself, “What can I do to get involved?” First and foremost, any individuals who have energy and an interest in helping children should apply – you will be added to a database of volunteers and emailed when a volunteer vacancy becomes available. If you aren’t so confident working with kindergarten aged children, don’t worry, there are

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placements interacting with everyone up to middle school students via mediums such as volunteer English programs. In addition to the placements which are organized jointly by both the charity and the Suseong-Gu International Office, DTTG puts on a multitude of fundraising and awareness events. There is an exciting calendar of events being scheduled for the coming months, including the annual ‘Give a Gift’ appeal, so keep your eyes open! When getting involved with an event, you don’t have to worry about being under prepared. Prior to every placement and event volunteers will receive a full briefing detailing exactly what to expect. With regards to larger events, inperson meetings will be organized as to outline the expectations of the charity and any information important to

the event’s successful execution. With the main aim being to reach out to disadvantaged children so as to give them the same opportunities with English as those of the more advantaged, DTTG plays an important role in this ever more competitive market of English education – one in which the poorer students often lose out. Contact details: facebook.com/daegustimetogive daegustimetogive@gmail.com


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Talk Like a Native Story and illustration by Abbey Kaye Ritter

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esting Korean language skills on an inebriated audience is a great pressure reliever. And when the week creeps along at a glacial pace, by Friday night we want drinks arriving with the same immediacy associated with students jumping out of their seats when the bell rings. Learning a few Korean phrases can keep you from looking like a confused 외국인 [waygook-in; foreigner] and keep the drinks coming. I start by asking, “맥주 하 나 주세요?” [maek-ju ha-na ju-sae-yo; one beer please]. When you’re at the bar with your friends you can signal how many beers you want by holding up your fingers. But rather than resorting to mime, this short exchange can be used to practice and impress. Korea has two number systems, the Sino-Korean and Native Korean. To order drinks at the bar, use the latter. Depending on the size of your group, learning to count 하나

[ha-na; one], 둘 [dul; two], 셋 [set; three], 넷 [net; four], and 다섯 [da-seut; five] can keep you from looking like you’re in a bad French film. Say you drink 다섯 [da-seut] shots yourself, you can cry out “아 저 완전 취했어요!” [ah-jeuh wan-jeun chi-haet-euh-yo; I am so drunk!]. Follow this with 애교 [ae-gyo; cutesy behavior] in the fashion of Girls’ Generation, and ask your neighbor,

“담배 있으세요?” [dam-bae it-euh-sae-yo; do you have a cigarette?]. You can joke with your fellow bar mates, “ 너무

취해서 집에 혼자는 못갈거 같 아요!” [neuh-mu chi-hae-seuh

jib-ae hon-ja-neun mot-galgeuh gat-ah-yo; I cannot go home by myself tonight, I am too drunk!]. Use 애교 [ae-gyo] at your own risk! Thank you to 이지원 [Lee Jiwon] for help with accuracy.


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As we prepare to say goodbye to the sweltering Daegu summer and welcome, albeit temporarily, a cooling of the temperatures, we can also look forward to celebrating the upcoming days of national importance to our host nation.

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Korean National Holidays Story by Adam Fletcher Photograph by Jana Satorova

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or people from the West like me, national holidays are often an excuse to indulge in a few-too-many ‘maekjus’ the night before and spend the actual day feeling smug about not being at work. Little attention is given to the actual reason our own countries have decided to celebrate that day. I feel that in Korea however, the days are more celebrated and appreciated. In the approaching month of October, we have 2 national holidays in addition to an observance. Having just celebrated the 3-day holiday of Chuseok in September, Koreans look forward to Armed Forces Day on the 1st October, National Foundation Day on the 3rd and Hangeul Day on the 9th, the former previously being a day of ‘observance’ and the remaining two, actual holidays, or ‘red days’. Although people are still working and banks are still open, October 1st is still an important day in the Korean calendar. On this day Koreans celebrate the nation’s armed forces (국군의 날). October 1st commemorates the day in 1950 where the South Korean forces broke through ‘the 38th parallel’ (the border of North/South Korea, now the DMZ) during the Korean War. The Korean flag is raised to full mast and there is usually a demo or parade by the military. The next day of recognition in the calendar is National Foundation Day (개천절) on the 3rd. This day may be more well-known and popular than Armed Forces Day, due to the fact that many people do not have to go to work. In my country this would give us a reason to hit the

bars and be lazy, but this is a national day of pride for Korea. 개천절 commemorates the date in 2333B.C. when Dangun Wanggeom founded the state of Gojoseon, ancient Korea. The date is recognized in both the Koreas, and ceremonies are held at the summit of Mt. Mani on Ganghwa Island, west of Seoul. The third holiday in October is Hangeul Proclamation Day on the 9th. It is the celebration of the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, created by King Sejong in 1447. Through history the date in which Hangeul is celebrated has changed a lot. November 4th, October 28th or 29th have all laid claim to the day, depending on which calendars were used. Hangeul Day was officially declared a national holiday in 1945, on the formation of the Korean government after WWII. However this status was removed in 1991 under pressure from businesses. Thanks to the efforts of The Hangeul Society, from November 2012 Hangeul Proclamation Day has been restored as a national holiday, so this year government workers can celebrate the creation of King Sejong’s famous alphabet by taking the day off work. We all fall into the habit of looking at the Korean calendars for 2013 and 2014, making mental notes of the dates in red (days of no work) and wonder how we can make the most of our bonus free time on these days. It may be nice to take a moment to think about why the government, the nation of people around us, our friends and co-workers, take their time to celebrate their own history, culture and traditions.


Camp Henry Area - Antwon Maxwell

DAEGU IN Daegu River - Ashley Quirion

Palgongsan - Dannie Matevia Palgongsan - Dannie Matevia

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SEPTEMBER

Beomeo Library - Ashley Quirion

Seomun Market - Tania Vincent

Daegu Sunset - Christina Davies


DIRECTORY INSIGHT

HEALTHY LIVING

Morrison Bar (하늘북) 대구 달서구 신당동 1790-11 053-591-0911

Seomun Market

ON LOCATION Readers Coffee

대구 수성구 신매동 567-60 7층

대구광역시 중구 대신동 115-378

053-256-6341

Bukbu International Area 대구 서구 비산7동 1856-3

053-791-0705

FOOD & DRINK

MUSIC & ARTS

Yanggi Pork Grill 대구시 달서구 상인2동 1402번지 053-639-3222

Urban

대구 중구 삼덕동1가 18-1

053-423-2283 facebook.com/pages/%EC%96%BC%EB%B0 %98Urban/251875941518285 Daegu Music Garage 대구 중구 삼덕동1가 18-1번지 3층 facebook.com/HorusMusicGarage Jeng-iy

대구 중구 동성로3가 8-8 010-8594-5011 facebook.com/Jengiy

The Pollack 남구 대명3동 2132-8 010-5050-0443 facebook.com/Thepollack5 Kim Kwang Seok Road 대구광역시 중구 대봉1동 Located between the river & Bangcheon Market

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감가공장공장장

대구 달서구 두류동 490-8

010-5379-5360


STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS Editor Korean Language Editor Designers Writers

Laura Reynolds 강지은

Karen Melton & Lauren Jarman Adam Fletcher, Abbey Kaye Ritter, Ali Safavi, Courtney Vendramin, Erica Berry, Jasetyn Hatcher, Jason Bridgewater, June Leffler, Kaleena Quarles, Louisa Kouzapas, Maxwell Shellabarger, Monique Dean, Nathan Ouriach, Winnie Ku, 권혁민, 손민지, 이세화, 조아헤, 조영하, 허유진

Translators Photographers

권진경, 박명수, 박지현, 윤순희

Ali Safavi, Antwon Maxwell, Ashley Quirion, Christina Davies, Dannie Matevia, Jana Satorova, Jeff Freeman, Matthew Stroud, Tania Vincent, Tom Rogers

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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hanks for taking the time to read the first issue of Platform Daegu. After months of blood, sweat, and tears (quite literally), we finally have the finished product, and I only hope you are as pleased with it as I am. Our goal at Platform is to create an honest project that reconnects the people living here with the everyday highlights this city has to offer. A true community magazine, we aim to provide information about unique, quirky, and typical Korean places to visit and enjoy. (With a few of our Western favourites thrown in for good measure!) I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the Platform team, and all the contributors to our first issue. It would have been an impossible feat without their support. Here’s to many future issues! Laura Reynolds

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