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2 –     3  –   4  –   ¶

27 –  Food:  ዻ௵ஃ఑ 29  –  Drink:  Huckleberry

No Country  for  Old  Men:  Korea's   Vulnerable  Generation History  Textbook  Controversy Then  and  Now:  Countryside 0U[LY]PL^!/\THU;YHMÄJRPUN



31 –  Expat  Diaries:  Falling  in  Love  Fish  Tanks 33  –  LiNK 35  –  On  The  Web:  From  Korea  With  Love

7 –   Staycation 8  –   Staycation:  Juwanna  go  to  Juwangsan? 11  –  Staycation:  Ice,  Ice  Baby 13  –  Staycation:  Hapcheon  Image  Theme  Park 15  –  Staycation:  Gwangju


MUSIC & ARTS 17 –  Dogstar 19  –  Picasso  Absoluto 21  –  Old  School:  My  Sassy  Girl

36 –  Talk  Like  a  Native:  Wining  and  Dining  on       Valentine's  Day 37  –  Daegu  in  December

PLATFORM 39 –  Directory 40  –  Staff  &  Contributors

HEALTHY LIVING 22 –  Ayurveda  Yoga  Academy 23  –  Resolving  Lameness  in  2014 25  –  The  8th  Wonder  of  the  World:  Lotus  Root


Interview: Dogstar

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No Country  for  Old  Men:   Korea’s  Vulnerable  Generation Story  by  Nathan  Ouriach


popular and   well   recycled   topic   in   South   Korea   concerns   the   high   suicide   rate   among   its   younger   generation.     Yet,   recent  statistics  show  that  it  is  not  the  youth  but   the  country’s  pensioners  that  are  becoming  vulnerable  in  an  increasingly  crowded  and  indebted   country.    With  a  population  growing  faster  than   any   other   developed   country,   South   Korea   is   fostering   a   population   that   by   2040   will   have   a   [OPYKVM[OLJV\U[Y`V]LY[OLHNLVMZP_[`Ä]L In  2011,  more  than  four  thousand  South  KoYLHUZ V]LY [OL HNL VM ZP_[`Ä]L JVTTP[[LK Z\Pcide.    A  generation  of  baby-boomers,  born  after   the  Korean  War,  have  witnessed  South  Korea’s   YHWPKJ\S[\YHSHUKÄUHUJPHSHZJLU[I\[OHKMHPSLK to  prepare  for  the  new  pension  rules  established   in   1988.     South   Korea   appears   to   be   suffering   from   its   own   rise   and   its   own   rabid   investment   in   their   education  system.     With   a   higher   graduation  rate  comes  a  higher  demand  for  jobs,  resulting   in   large   companies   like   Samsung   and   Hyundai  acquitting  themselves  of  “older”  workLYZ[VOPYLUL^S`X\HSPÄLKOHUKZ5L^JOHUNLZ in   Korea’s   social   structure   contradict   their   rich   Confucian  tradition.    Instead  of  being  cared  for   and  protected,  the  country’s  elderly  populace  is   becoming  susceptible. Life   outside   of   leviathan’s   like   Samsung   and   Hyundai  appears  fragile  and  futile.    When  reaching  South  Korea’s  established  retirement  age  of   ÄM[`LPNO[2VYLHUZ^P[OV\[HWLUZPVU[VYLS`VU are  forced  to  spend  their  crepuscular  years  laboYPV\ZS`^VYRPUNPUZTHSSZ[VYLZVYZO\MÅPUNJHYKboard  around  markets.    In  2010,  the  Small  and   Medium   Business   Administration   revealed   that   small   businesses   employ   30%   of   the   country’s   labor  force  and,  of  those  30%,  27%  were  either   PUKLI[VY\UHISL[VTHRLHWYVÄ[PU[OLJHSLUKHY

`LHY0UKLSPIS`PUKLI[LKZLUPVYZPU[OLPYÄM[PLZHYL at risk  of  accumulating  an  average  debt  of  68.95   million  won  ($60,400)  per  household. The   government   is   aware   of   this   devastating   imbroglio  and  is  making  efforts  to  ameliorate  the   situation.    President  Park  Geun  Hye  has  promPZLK [V YHPZL  [YPSSPVU ^VU V]LY OLY Ä]L`LHY tenure   to   alleviate   the   suicide   rate,   as   well   as   offering   improved   treatment   for   four   major   diseases   including   cancer   and   cardiac   disorders.   Whilst  electioneering  last  year  Park  initially  promPZLK HSS ZLUPVY JP[PaLUZ HNLK ZP_[`Ä]L VY HIV]L a   monthly   allowance   of   two   hundred   thousand   won,  regardless  of  their  income  level.    However,   7HYR.L\U/`LOHZZPUJLYLÄULKOLYWSLKNLHUK will   provide   the   money   only   if   the   recipient   falls   under  strict  economic  boundaries.   Instead  of  investing  in  social  welfare  and  ensuring   a   comfortable   life   for   its   senior   citizens,   the  government  appears  to  have  favored  an  alternate  path  and  is  now  facing  the  consequence.   To  advocate  a  statement  made  by  a  sociologist   at  SNU,  Eun  Ki  Soo,  the  Korean  government  has   ¸JOVZL[VZHJYPÄJL[OLMHTPS`¹HUKJYLH[LKHZVcial  paradox  that  rebuffs  old  Confucian  values  of   hard  work  and  reverence  for  the  elderly.    In  Seoul,   there  is  a  digital  display  that  reads:  “Tomorrow’s   sun  will  rise”.    The  fact  that  this  sanguine  sentiment  resides  along  the  Mapo  Bridge  (a  notorious   suicide  spot)  epitomizes  South  Korea’s  relationship  with  suicide.    With  an  estimated  3.1  million   baby   boomers   planning   to   retire   over   the   next   decade   the   government   needs   to   prepare   and   empathize  or  face  the  fallout.    They  need  to  aim   for  a  day  when  rendering  bridges  with  optimistic  sentences  is  an  excessive  quirk  rather  than  a   necessity.


History Textbook   Controversy   Many   of   us   are   no   doubt   familiar   with   the   frustration   of   devising   lesson   plans   or   the   struggles   of   using   a   sub-par   textbook.   :\JO KPMÄJ\S[PLZ ^P[O [OL J\YYPJ\S\T HYL UV[OPUN JVTWHYLK [V the  problems  currently  facing  the  Korean  Ministry  of  Education,   however,   as   conservative   and   progressive   elements   in   the   Na[PVUHS (ZZLTIS` HYL LUNHNLK PU ÄLYJL KLIH[L V]LY [OL OPZ[VY` textbooks  set  to  be  issued  to  high  school  students  next  year. Story  by  Kieran  Duffy


revious disputes   over   the   curriculum   occurred   in   2008,   but   the   issue   was  once  again  brought  to  the   fore   when   progressive   lawmakers  objected  to  what  they   saw  as  a  right-wing  bias  in  one   of  the  eight  books  which  were   approved   for   use   in   schools   across  the  nation.    Conservatives   responded   by   claiming   that  there  was  a  left-wing  bias   in  other  books,  and  a  resulting   government   inquiry   demanded   that   829   corrections   take   place   before   the   books   were   issued  to  students.   Among  the  most  controversial   topics   were   the   partition   of   Korea,   the   resulting   Korean  


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War, and  the  military  dictatorship,   which   ruled   until   1988.     Although  many  changes  were   made,   41   contentious   sections  remain  and  seven  of  the   authors  involved  in  the  dispute   are  pursing  legal  action  to  prevent   what   they   see   as   unfair   censorship.     With   the   books   due  to  be  issued  in  February,   it   is   unclear   how   the   government   will   resolve   this   issue   in   time.   Such  political  disputes  over   school   textbooks   have   become   a   problem   in   Korea   as   of  late,  but  they  have  also  occurred  in  many  other  nations.     Japanese  politicians  have  frequently  debated  the  depiction  

of the   Second   World   War   in   school  history  classes.    In  the   United   States,   disputes   over   textbooks   are   frequent,   with   one   notorious   case   in   1974   West   Virginia   resulting   in   the   bombing  of  a  school. Indeed,   my   own   parents   have   often   told   me   that   their   teachers   refrained   from   talking  about  the  Irish  Civil  War,  as   [OL TLTVYPLZ VM [OH[ JVUÅPJ[ were  still  too  fresh  for  it  to  be   discussed  objectively  in  classrooms.    While  it  may  it  be  little   consolation  to  the  teachers  or   students  caught  up  in  the  debate,  it  would  appear  that  it  is   not  only  in  Korea  that  history  is   open  to  debate.


Then and  Now:   Countryside

Story and  photography  by  Stephen  Schuit,  from  the  blog


h, the  sweet  countryside  beckons.    Its  villages   and   meandering   lanes   humbly   escort  us  to  the  past.    If  we  listen  to  its  whispers,  we  may  also  hear  stories  about  our  future.   Not  surprisingly,  Daegu’s  countryside  has  melted   in   all   directions.     Once,   the   walls   of   Dalseong   Park   marked   the   city’s   edge.     More   recently,   Yeungnam,  a  university  built  in  the  countryside,   a  long,  tedious  bus  ride  from  the  city  center,  is   now  just  another  Daegu  subway  stop. In  the  1960’s  and  70’s,  developing  the  countryside   was   a   key   strategy   of   then   president,   Park   Chung   Hee.   His   New   Village   Movement     (ູൠၕဪ౏)  spread  the  values  of  diligence,  self-  

help, and   cooperation.     It   was   intended   to   establish   an   entrepreneurial   spirit   in   Korea’s   rural   communities. These   days,   however,   thatched   roofs,   mud   walls,   clean   streams,   and   the   hard   calloused   hands   of   the   Korean   farmers   have   given   way   to   paved   roads   and   the   faster   pace   of   a   wireless   world.     Between   cities   and   the   ribbons   of   highways  that  wrap  this  peninsula  ever  so  tightly,   VULTH`Z[PSSÄUK[OL2VYLHUJV\U[Y`ZPKLVMKH`Z gone  by.    The  old  white  crane,  standing  with  digUP[`PU[OLKPZ[HU[YPJLÄLSKRUV^Z[OLZLJYL[ZVM Korea’s  past.    The  romantic  lure  of  the  countryside  still  calls  those  few  who  will  listen.


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Human ;YHMÄJRPUN 3LL)\:LVIOHZILLUJHSSLK[OLO\THU[YHMÄJSPNO[MVYOPZ]VS\U[LLYLMMVY[ZHZHN\LYYPSSH[YHMÄJN\HYK-VY`LHYZ3LLOHZ assisted  pedestrians  anywhere,  and  at  anytime,  in  Daegu.   Story  and  Photography  by  1\UL3LMÅLY


is  longtime   commitment,   self-aware   image,  and  personable  attitude  have  made   him  a  model  citizen  of  Daegu.    Lee  follows   his   own   eccentricity   while   promoting   traditional   communal  responsibility  in  Korea. What  exactly  is  it  that  you  do? 0 ]VS\U[LLY HZ H [YHMÄJ N\HYK MVY HU`^OLYL PU +HLN\0ZV\NO[V\[WSHJLZ^P[OUVTHQVY[YHMÄJ lights  when  I  started. Why  did  you  start  doing  this? A  child  was  hit  and  killed  by  a  car  in  the  street   in  1972  here  in  Daegu.    That  changed  everything   for  me.    I  had  a  business  at  the  time,  but  since   that  accident  I've  only  been  volunteering.    I'm  75   now,  so  I've  been  at  it  for  40  years. (YL`V\HMÄSPH[LK^P[OHU`NYV\WVYNV]LYUment  project?   No,  I  work  alone.    But  over  the  years,  organizations   have   recognized   me   and   asked   me   to   volunteer  for  their  events.    I  never  imagined  volunteering   with   other   people,   but   I   was   invited   to  festivals  and  events  as  an  honorary  citizen.    I   ILJHTL H YLWYLZLU[H[P]L ÄN\YL VM ]VS\U[LLYPUN in  Daegu,  and  people  eventually  sought  me  out.     Frankly,  this  is  how  I  get  some  cash  to  support   myself  and  what  I  do.

You  have  a  distinctive  look.  Is  there  a  purpose  behind  this? It  has  been  a  natural  progression  for  me,  but   I've   realized   it's   helpful   in   creating   a   symbol   of   myself.    My  long  beard  is  kind  of  a  throwback  to   the   noblemen   of   Joseon.   I   want   people   to   see   me  and  say  I'm  the  'right'  man. Have  you  seen  progress  in  40  years? Yes,   for   sure.     At   least   around   me,   people   seem  to  spot  me  and  know  not  to  jaywalk  and   follow  the  rules. What  has  discouraged  you  along  the  way? It  took  about  ten  years  for  people  to  recognize   me  and  what  I  was  doing.    So,  before  then  I  had   some  problems  with  people  who  just  didn't  understand  what  I  was  doing.    That  isn't  the  case   now.    I  think  my  work  brings  joy  to  people. Do  you  have  a  wife  and  children? Yes,   I'm   married   with   two   sons   and   several   grandchildren. Do   you   have   advice   for   those   wanting   to   spend  their  lives  volunteering? Love  you  parents  and  your  country.


STAYCATION Story by    Mallory  Gonia

It’s a   new   year!    What  are  your  New  Year’s  Resolutions?    They  are  notoriously  hard  to  keep  but  

that’s often  because  people  set  vague  and  unrealistic  goals  for  themselves.    How  realistic  are  yours?     Are  they  measurable?    What  obstacles  may  be  in  your  way?    If  you  are  like  me,  one  of  your  hopes  this   year  is  to  spend  more  free  time  travelling  and  learning  about  the  culture  and  people  around  you.    One   obstacle  to  travelling  is  the  weather.    As  winter  deepens,  and  in  all  likelihood,  lingers,  many  may  be   more  reluctant  to  venture  far  from  home.    If  they  do  leave  home  it’s  only  to  work  or  relax  at  the  nearest   jjimjilbang.    There’s  nothing  intrinsically  wrong  with  this  but  it  is  limiting.    If  you  are  among  those  who   love  travelling  and  DOING  things,  watching  winter  pass  with  so  little  variation  causes  you  to  churlishly   complain  about  the  intolerable  waste  of  time.    As  I  see  it,  you  have  two  choices:  learn  how  to  hibernate   or  compile  a  list  of  worthwhile  trip  destinations.    Since  hibernation  is  not  yet  a  viable  option,  you  are   stuck  with  the  latter  choice.    Instead  of  perfecting  your  surly  bearish  grumble,  start  this  year  with  a  list   of  places  that  pique  your  interest  and  then  resolve  to  visit  them.


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Juwanna go  to   Juwangsan? (ba-dum-tsch)  


Story and  photography  by  Winnie  Ku


anuary: one  of  my  favorite  times  of  the  year.   What  used  to  be  one  of  my  most  dreaded   months  back  home  in  Canada  (brutally  cold,   barely   able   to   see   daylight,   broke   from   Christmas,  and  did  I  mention  brutally  cold?)  has  now   become  one  of  the  most-anticipated  times  of  my   year.   Why?   No   classes   for   nearly   two   months,   and  us  waygooks  are  up  and  away  on  vacation!   For  those  of  you  opting  to  stay  in  Korea  for  the   winter  vacation,  however,  fear  not;  you  need  not   spend   your   winter   vacation   sulking   in   Banwoldang.  Just  a  two  hour  bus  ride  from  Daegu,  you   can  visit  a  place  full  of  such  stunning  beauty  and   UH[\YL`V\»SSKLÄUP[LS`MLLSSPRL`V\»YLVUHUL_otic  vacation. Located   in   the   eastern   region   of   Gyeongsangbuk-do  Province  is  the  rural,  yet  quaint  and   charming   county   of   Cheongsong.   As   it   is   only   reachable   after   crossing   over   several   hills,   the   nature   in   this   area   is   relatively   untouched   and   hence  remains  beautiful  and  incredibly  scenic.   Cheongsong   County   is   home   to   Juwangsan   National   Park,   Korea’s   smallest   national   park.   Don’t  let  the  title  fool  you  though;  what  JuwangZHU7HYRSHJRZPUZPaLP[KLÄUP[LS`THRLZ\WMVY in  beauty.  In  addition,  as  Juwang  Mountain  is  not   very  steep,  it  is  ideal  for  those  looking  to  visit  the   mountain,  while  still  being  able  to  relax  and  take   in  the  scenery  without  overexerting  themselves.   Another   perk:   unlike   a   weekend   visit   to   Apsan   or   Palgongsan   in   Daegu,   this   mountain   is   surprisingly  not  body-to-body-packed  with  a  million  


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visitors all  looking  to  take  a  picture  in  front  of  the   same  statue.  You  can  actually  enjoy  the  park  in   peace. To   get   to   Juwangsan   from   Daegu,   you   can   catch  a  bus  to  Cheongsong  from  Dongbu  Intercity  Bus  Terminal  (located  near  Dongdaegu  Station).   The   two   hour   journey   is   approximately   16,000   won   one-way,   and   you   get   to   ride   in   one   of   the   “airport   limousine”   style   buses   with   the  wide  reclining  leather  seats.  After  arriving  in   Cheongsong,  you  can  then  take  a  city  bus,  for   about   2,300   won,   for   a   15   minute   bus   ride   to   Juwangsan  National  Park.  Be  warned,  however,   that  these  buses  don’t  run  very  frequently  in  the   winter,  so  should  you  miss  one  bus,  you  are  potentially   waiting   upwards   of   40   minutes   for   the   next  bus;  as  we  did. Every   cloud   has   its   silver   lining   though,   and   as  we  had  just  missed  the  previous  bus  to  Juwangsan,  we  had  the  opportunity  to  venture  into   town   (read:   one   main   street),   and   wound   up   in   what   appeared   to   be   an   ajumma’s   house   that   doubled  as  a  chicken  restaurant.  Initially  skeptiJHS[VNVPUZPKL0»TNSHK0KPKU»[SL[ÄYZ[PTWYLZsions  fool  me,  as  she  served  some  of  the  most   delicious  fried  chicken  I  have  ever  had  in  Korea!  If   `V\ÄUK`V\YZLSMPU[OLZHTLWYLKPJHTLU[HZ^L did,  and  are  craving  some  fried  chicken,  look  for ౞ൠ൘ᆳሢ (Dumari  Chicken),  about  a  5  minute   walk  down  from  the  bus  terminal.  Their  ganjang   soy-sauce   chicken   (੝ၿቛ఑)   is   highly   recommended.

ON LOCATION 6UJL ^L OHK ÄUHSS` THKL P[ [V 1\^HUNZHU 5H[PVUHS 7HYR ^L PTTLKPH[LS` ZL[ VMM [V ÄUK out how  to  get  to  the  famous  Jusanji  Pond.  For   those  of  you  who  have  never  heard  of  this  pond,   it   is   literally   breathtaking,   possibly   one   of   the   most  beautiful  photos  I’ve  ever  seen  of  a  place   in   Korea,   and   the   original   inspiration   behind   us   visiting  Juwangsan  National  Park.  Unfortunately,   however,   after   20   minutes   and   an   intense   sign   language  conversation  with  three  elderly  ahjummas,   we   deduced   that   we   were   too   late   to   go   to   Jusanji,   and   that   the   most   ideal   time   to   go   (and  also  the  only  times  that  the  buses  ran  there)   were   at   about   8:00am   in   the   morning.   From   what  I  gathered  from  one  of  the  ahjumma’s  repeatedly  pointing  at  her  eye  and  a  water  bottle,   the  most  scenic  time  to  “see  the  water”  is  in  the   early  hours  of  the  morning,  when  there  is  a  layer   of  fog  over  the  pond.  So  to  those  of  you  wishing   to   visit   the   famous   pond,   be   sure   to   plan   your   trip  so  that  you  can  spend  one  night  in  Cheongsong  the  night  before,  and  then  wake  up  early  to   catch  the  morning  bus  to  the  pond.   Mildly   disappointed   that   we   couldn’t   see   the   pond,  we  nevertheless  set  off  to  take  in  Juwangsan   National   Park.   I   am   so   glad   we   did,   as   it   turned  out  the  park  itself  was  unbelievably  beautiful,   and   different   to   any   mountain   I   had   ever   been  to  in  Korea.     If  I  could  describe  Juwangsan  National  Park  in   one  phrase,  I  might  call  it  a  miniature  version  of   Taroko  Gorge.    For  those  of  you  who  have  been   to   Taiwan   and   visited   the   gorge,   or   have   seen   photos  of  it,  you  can  imagine  how  beautiful  this   place  must  have  been.    The  huge  rock  mountain   almost  appeared  to  have  been  sliced  in  strategic   places,  so  that  people  could  walk  through  it  and   admire   the   mountain   walls   around   them.     Surrounding  the  mountain  are  also  many  waterfalls,   a  cave,  temples,  and  hermitages.    Needless  to   say,  many  a  snapchat  were  sent  from  here,  especially  of  the  beautiful  Yongchu  Waterfall,  with   its  icy  emerald-green  waters,  pooling  into  what   looked  like  a  mysterious  lagoon.    The  snapchats   (and  my  DSLR  shots)  were  beautiful,  and  inspired   many   “OMG   –   where   are   you?”   responses,   yet   as   is   always   the   dilemma,   they   never   quite   do  

justice to  the  beauty  that  is  actually  around  you   that   you   wish   you   could   capture   and   show   to   your  family  and  friends. So   what’s   the   next   best   thing   then?     Visiting   the   park   yourself!     I   highly   recommend   anyone   staying  in  Korea  this  winter  that  is  looking  for  a   change  of  scenery  from  the  usual  Daegu  lifestyle   to   visit   Cheongsong   and   Juwangsan   National   Park.    And,  if  you  can,  I’d  highly  suggest  Jusanji   7VUK HZ ^LSS  0 ^PSS KLÄUP[LS` IL THRPUN H [YPW back  there  myself  sometime  soon!


Ice, Ice   Baby! As  we  turn  on  the  ondol  and  don  our  puffy  jackets  24/7,  the  arrival  of  subzero  temperatures  and  icy  roads  isn’t  really  something  that  we  celebrate. Story  and  photography  by  Adam  Fletcher


et, the  cold  weather  can  bring  opportunities  to  do  things  that  in  warmer  weather,   you   can’t.     For   those   that   are   not   interested   in   skiing,   but   still   want   to   see   something   different,  I  turn  your  attention  to  the  Biseulsan  ( ๗༽ຮ)  Ice  Park. Biseulsan   is   a   mountain   range   just   south   of   Daegu.     This   means   getting   there   won’t   take   long   and   the   park   could   be   enjoyed   in   a   day.    


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During this  season,  the  area  is  transformed  into   a   winter   wonderland   where   families,   couples,   and  explorers  can  enjoy  the  various  attractions.     The  Ice  Festival  2013  runs  from  late  December   until  mid-February,  so  we  all  have  plenty  of  time   to  pay  a  visit.    During  the  evening,  the  various  ice   sculptures   are   lit   by   colored   LED   lights,   which   create  an  attractive  atmosphere.


In the   park   you   will   notice   that   the   icy   river   has  been  used  to  form  sculptures,  shapes,  and   mounds.   There’s   an   ice   cave,   ice   wall,   and   the   opportunity   to   sledge   on   the   ice:   a   kid’s   (and   adults)  favorite.    You  can  see  objects  and  mazes   made   from   ice,   as   well   as   a   ‘pre-historic   tiger’   in  a  block  of  ice.    The  sculptures  run  all  the  way   up  the  river.  The  entry  fee  to  the  park  is  free  and   you’re   able  to   go   wherever   you   like.   This  makes   for   an   interesting,   quirky,   and   fun   day   out   with   fresh  air  and  opportunities  for  photographs.  The   ice  festival  is  situated  a  short  walk  from  the  Biseulsan  parking  lot  and  to  get  there  you  need  to   take   the   600   bus   from   the   end   of   the   red   line,   Daegok   station.   There’s   a   small   temple   with   a   stone  bell  that  greets  you  as  you  enter.  So,  why   not   go   and   get   some   fresh   air,   take   some   pictures,  and  do  something  special  during  the  win-

ter months! For   those   of   you   who   are   looking   for   more   than   a   day   in   the   mountains,   there   are   some   wonderfully   homely   wooden   cabins   situated   in   the   hills   that   can   accommodate   you   and   your   family  or  friends  for  a  weekend.  These  come  in   a  number  of  sizes  and  can  accommodate  up  to   16  people.  They  also  come  fully  equipped  with   kitchen,   stove,   bedding,   pans,   hot   water,   TV   etc.  Pictures,  prices,  and  options  can  be  viewed   on  the  Daegu  Dalseong-gun  website  at:  http:// about_04_02.html.   So   bring   some   food,   drinks,   marshmallows,   hot   chocolate,   and   some   comfy   clothes   and   spend   a   night   with   nature   after   checking   out   the  illuminated  ice  sculptures  at  Biseulsan,  your   home  away  from  home.  




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Image  Theme  Park   Story  and  photography  by  Mallory  Gonia


f you  love  history,  or  architecture,  Korean  dramas  and  movies,  or  architecture    you  may  want   to  consider  the  following  location.    South-west   of   Daegu   is   little   place   called   Hapcheon   Image   Theme   Park.     It   doesn’t   seem   to   be   incredibly   ^LSSRUV^U KLZWP[L ILPUN [OL ÄSTPUN ZP[L MVY H variety   of   movies   and   TV   shows,   including   the   popular  2012  drama,  “Gaksital”  ("Bridal  Mask”).     The  story  takes  place  during  the  Japanese  occupation,  which,  to  my  understanding,  is  an  uncommon  time  period  for  historical  dramas. The   phrase   “Theme   Park”   is   a   little   misleading  since  this  combination  of  words  often  gives   people  images  of  rides  and  roller  coasters.    It  is   UV[[OH[RPUKVMWHYR9H[OLYP[»ZHSHYNLÄSTPUN studio   comprised   of   several   streets   and   buildings,   which   are   reconstructions   of   important   landmarks  in  Seoul  as  it  was  between  the  1920s   and   the   1980s.     It's   not   particularly   expansive,   but  any  visitor  interested  in  history,  architecture,   or  Korean  movies  and  dramas  can  easily  spend   several   hours   exploring   and   appreciating   the   level  of  detail  put  into  these  reconstructions  and   re-imaginations. A   few   buildings   offer   further   educational   experiences.    The  theater  there  lets  visitors  watch   ÄSTZHUKVSKUL^ZJSPWZHUKJVTTLYJPHSZ;OLYL PZHSZVHYL[YVHYJHKLHWVZ[VMÄJLT\ZL\THUK a  replica  of  the  Kyungsung  Train  Station.    I  didn’t   have  time  to  go  into  any  of  these  buildings  when   I  was  there,  so  I  can  only  tell  you  that  they  exist.     Instead,  the  war  street  took  up  most  of  my  time   and  interest.    The  buildings  on  the  street  are  in  

varying levels   of   destruction   and   all   have   been   [V\JOLKI`ÄYL The  Park  has  a  few  small  restaurants,  including   a   Japanese-style   restaurant   that   serves   Udon.     The   only   drawbacks   to   the   park   are   its   location  and  the  lack  of  a  guided  tour  in  English.     Granted,  guided  tours  don’t  generally  appeal  to   me,   but   the   background   information   provided   can   be   quite   helpful,   especially   when   visiting   WSHJLZVMOPZ[VYPJHSZPNUPÄJHUJL When  I  went  to  the  Hapcheon  Image  Theme   Park,  I  went  with  a  small  group  in  a  car.    It  obviously  takes  longer  to  get  there  by  bus,  but  it  is   possible.     It’s   also   not   particularly   close   to   any   other  notable  places,  which  may  be  the  reason  it   is  not  more  popular.    On  the  upside,  this  means   there  are  no  irritatingly  large  crowds  to  navigate   through.    If  you  plan  your  trip  wisely,  the  theme   park   can   at   least   be   an   interesting   and   restful   stop  along  the  way  to  someplace  else  -  perhaps   Hapcheon’s  famous  Haeinsa  temple. Haeinsa   is   a   large   Zen   Buddhist   monastery.     Visitors  to  Haeinsa  can  learn  about  Buddhism  or   look  at  the  Tripitaka  Koreana  -  wooden  printing   blocks   that,   together,   make   up   the   most   complete  and  accurate  version  of  the  Buddhist  scriptures.     The   temple   stay   there   is   an   interesting   experience  involving  meditation,  a  3am  wake-up   call,  and  plenty  of  bowing. Are  you  writing  your  list  of  "places  to  visit"  yet?     Start   now   if   you   haven't   already,   and   consider   adding  the  Theme  Park  or  Haeinsa  to  that  list!


Gwangju Gwangju,  the  city  of  light,  boasts  a  vibrant  and  diverse  community,  ripe   with  culture,  history,  and  exciting  experiences. Story  by  Kaley  LaQuea  Photography  by  Joel  Sparks


wangju holds   a   plethora   of   things   to   do   HUKZLLI\[HULZZLU[PHSÄYZ[Z[VWPZ[OL Gwangju  International  Center.    The  GIC  is   a   powerhouse   within   the   Gwangju   community,   and  its  volunteers  are  nothing  short  of  a  wealth   of   information   about   the   city,   whether   you   just   need   a   bus   map   or   want   some   information   on   historical  hot  spots.    The  center  is  located  right   downtown,  across  from  the  YMCA.    Maps  and   contact  information  can  be  found  on  their  website  at   <WVU]PZP[PUNHUL^JP[`VUL»ZÄYZ[PUJSPUH[PVU is   probably   not   to   stick   around   the   bus   station   too  long,  but  for  Gwangju  an  exception  should   be  made.    U-Square,  or  the  Gwangcheon  terminal  is  home  to  several  great  restaurants,  a  relaxing  sauna,  coffee  shops,  a  movie  theater,  and  a   few  art  spaces  that  always  have  something  fresh   and  exciting  going  on.    The  Kumho  Gallery  and   art  hall  often  has  weekly  art  installations  ranging   from   sculpture   to   painting,   as   well   as   live   performance   pieces,   musicals,   and   plays.     Downstairs  holds  a  treasure  trove  of  small  mom-andpop  Korean  traditional  restaurants  that  serve  up   delicious   staples   like   dolseot   bibimbap,   kimchi   jjigae  and  kimbap. Part  of  Gwangju’s  vivacious  spirit  lies  in  its  his-


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tory.   The   democratic   uprising,   also   known   as   the  May  18  uprising,  is  embedded  in  the  minds   of  Gwangju  citizens  as  a  prominent  piece  of  his[VY` PU [OL JP[`»Z ÄNO[ MVY KLTVJYHJ` VUL [OH[ is   commemorated   both   at   the   Gwangju   5.18   Memorial  Park  in  Sangmu,  and  also  at  the  May   18th   National   Cemetery,   located   at   the   front   of   Mt.  Mudeung  in  Buk-gu.    The  complex  holds  the   cemetery,  memorial  tower  and  museum  that  are   must-sees  for  anyone  curious  about  this  integral   part   of   Gwangju’s   culture   and   history.     Another   great  place  to  check  out  in  Gwangju  is  the  Yangdong   market,   which   was   voted   the   best   tradi[PVUHS THYRL[ PU [OL JV\U[Y`  ;OL THYRL[ ÄYZ[ opened  in  1975  and  is  now  Gwangju’s  biggest   traditional  market. One   prominent   area   that   offers   a   little   bit   of   everything   is   the   Chonnam   National   University   back  gate.    The  campus  itself  is  beautiful,  with  a   nice  park  and  pond  to  relax  by.    The  surrounding   area  caters  to  the  university  clientele,  with  many   coffee  shops  nestled  between  cute  independent   boutique  stores  and  an  array  of  restaurants  with   various  cuisines,  including  tasty  Tex-Mex  at  Corona.    Their  menu  offers  all  the  staples  like  burritos,   enchiladas,   and   chimichangas,   plus   some   of  the  most  attentive  and  friendly  staff  in  the  city.  

ON LOCATION Of course,   no   Korean   university   area   would   be  complete  without  hof  bars  and  noraebangs.     This  area  is  great  for  bigger  groups  of  people,  as   many   bars   and   restaurants   have   large   portions   of  food  and  drink  meant  for  sharing  with  friends.     If  the  college  scene  isn’t  your  cup  of  tea,  head   KV^U[V^U[VÄUKZVTLM\UHUKNVVKNY\I The   First   Alleyway   has   yet   to   be   dethroned   as   the   reigning   champion   of   Western   food   in   Gwangju.     Offering   a   little   taste   of   everything,   from   pizza   to   poutine,   The   First   Alleyway   has     something   for   everyone.     The   menu   includes   vegetarian  options,  delicious  sandwiches,  burgers,   and   a   great   craft   beer   selection.     On   Sundays   a   Western-style   breakfast   is   also   served   until  4  p.m. After  you’ve  chowed  down  and  are  ready  for   some   liquid   fun,   start   out   the   night   at   Bling,   a   fun  cocktail  bar  with  great  drink  specials.    Twenty   thousand  won  will  get  you  an  all-you-can-drink   pass  for  two  hours.    Popular  expat  haunts  in  the   downtown  area  include  Speakeasy  and  German   Bar.     Both   venues   occasionally   host   live   music   and   different   events   on   the   weekends.     Downtown   Gwangju   also   holds   some   tamer   hidden   gems.     Kino,   a   small   and   relaxed   space   just   around   the   corner   from   the   downtown   YMCA,  

promises a   playlist   of   great   classic   rock   and   friendly  staff.    In  the  Groove,  a  swanky  jazz  bar   right   near   the   Megabox   Theater   is   also   home   to  a  laid  back  atmosphere.    The  club  has  great   live   jazz   performances   on   Friday   and   Saturday   nights. If  you  feel  like  dancing  without  paying  a  cover   charge,  Mix  is  the  place  to  go.    It  holds  friendly   and   upbeat   bartenders,   a   moving   and   shaking   crowd  with  decent  drink  prices.    If  a  bigger  nightJS\IMLLSPZ^OH[`V\YUPNO[OVSKZOLHK[V7HUÄJ where  a  20,000  cover  will  get  you  a  drink,  great   +1ZHUKHOV[KHUJLÅVVYHSSUPNO[ After   an   action-packed   day,   it’s   always   nice   to   have   a   comfortable   place   to   lay   your   head.     Local  friendly  face  Pedro  Kim’s  guesthouse  can   provide   just   that.     Kim,   a   Gwangju   native   and   Lonely   Korea   tour   guide,   Pedro   hosts   travelers   from  all  over.    The  staff  is  both  friendly  and  wellversed  in  the  city’s  happenings.    The  hostel  pro]PKLZHTLUP[PLZZ\JOHZIYLHRMHZ[HUK^PÄHUK guests  of  2  nights  or  more  can  take  advantage   of   laundry   and   shuttle   services   for   a   small   additional  fee.    Contact  information  and  directions   can  be  found  online  at   For  more  information  about  the  city,  go  to  the   GIC’s  Gwangju  Guide  (  



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‫ة‬ӓञఌ/Dogstar Story by  Ali  Safavi  Photography  by  Stephen  Elliot


irst off,   I   know   what   you’re   thinking:   isn’t   that  the  name  of  A-list  actor  Keanu  Reeves’   band?    Well,  it  is,  but  more  importantly,  it’s   also  the  name  of  a  wicked  local  Daegu  band. Our   Dogstar   have   been   on   the   scene   for   a   while,  consisting  of  a  brother,  a  sister,  and  a  Hawaiian.    They’ve  supported  a  number  of  interna[PVUHSHJ[ZOLHKSPULK[OLÄYZ[03PRL4HU`-LZ[P]HS in  October,  and  have  obviously  made  an  impact   in  Seoul  too,  as  I’m  constantly  asked  about  what   [OLIHUKHYL\W[V;HRPUNPUÅ\LUJLMYVTSH[[LY day  Sonic  Youth,  The  Pixies,  and  various  other   similar  90’s  rock  bands,  they’ve  just  released,  in   my  opinion,  one  of  the  best  albums  of  the  year.   What   I   love   about   them   is   their   ferociousness,   not   in   that   faux-make-up-and-metal   way,   but  instead  in  the  constant  pounding  of  thrashy   guitars,   solid   bass   lines,   and   controlled   chaos   drumming,  all  with  a  slew  of  hooks  to  hang  your   coat   off   way.     Both   live,   and   on   record,   their   sound   wraps   itself   around   your   ears,   hugging   it,   punching   it,   and   tending   it   better,   but   rarely   letting  go.    Dogstar  don’t  do  build-ups  and  creZJLUKVZ"[OL`HYLM\SSVUMYVTZ[HY[[VÄUPZO Quite   simply,   they   are   spectacular   to   watch   and  enthralling  to  listen  to.    Be  sure  to  do  both. Dogstar’s   new   album,   ‘GhettoBounce,ON’   is   available  via  Korean  music  site  Hyang  Music,  or   from  the  band  at  one  of  their  shows.    Online  digital   purchasing   will   also   be   an   option   soon,   I’m   told. We   spent   some   desk   warming   minutes   with   drummer  Matthew  Ormita  about  all  things  Dogstar  and  Daegu... So,  what's  Dogstar  all  about  then?    How  did   you  come  together  to  make  music?  

Sun Mi   (Guitar)   &   Jun   Hyung   (Bass)   formed   the   band   in   2003.     Members   have   come   and   gone  since  then,  but  they  are  the  core.    Sun  Mi   and   I   used   to   play   in   another   band   called   ‘Tak   Ryu   Han’   a   long   time   ago.     She   left   that   band   after  a  couple  years,  but  we  remained  friendly.    I   joined  Dogstar  in  2011,  after  their  drummer  took   an  extended  break  from  live  performing.   How's  the  state  of  Daegu  music  at  the  moment?    You  guys  seem  to  have  been  around   for   a   while,   has   anything   changed/gotten   better/worse  in  that  time? Daegu   has   always   been   a   small   scene,   but   we   always   have   some   good   bands.     More   variety   would   be   nice,   but   overall,   we'd   say   that   things  have  improved.    There  are  more  places  to   play,  and  more  people  collaborating  and  trying  to   make  shows  and  different  events  happen.   Is  it  harder  getting  noticed  as  a  band  coming  from  Daegu  (as  oppose  to  being  a  Seoul/ Busan  band)? We're  not  really  concerned  with  that.    We  just   focus  on  making  and  putting  out  music  that  we   like.    People  can  pay  attention  or  not.   Finally,   what's   in   the   future   for   the   band?   Any  plans  for  touring,  more  releases  etc? Just   to   keep   on   rehearsing,   writing   songs,   and  playing  shows  whenever  we  can.    Work  and   personal   schedules   are   preventing   us   from   being  able  to  really  do  anything  at  the  moment,  but   hopefully  we'll  free  up  some  time  around  February/March   to   start   playing   more   shows,   locally   and  outside  of  the  city.



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Picasso Absoluto   “If  I  paint  a  wild  horse,  you  might  not  see  the  horse,  but  you  will   surely  see  the  wildness!” Story  by  Brittany  Gamble


his wildness  Pablo  Picasso  speaks  of  has   ILJVTL Z`TIVSPJ VM [OL WYVSPÄJ :WHUPZO artist  whose  works  are  on  display  at  EXCO   here   in   Daegu   until   February.     Picasso   is   best   known  for  his  abstract  paintings  and  is  credited   with  pioneering  the  Cubist  movement.    However,   `V\ ^PSS UV[ ÄUK [OVZL MHTV\Z VPS WHPU[PUNZ VU KPZWSH` OLYL  >OH[ `V\»SS ÄUK PUZ[LHK HYL V]LY 200  etchings,  prints,  and  ceramics  that  span  his   career   and   provide   a   look   into   Picasso’s   inner   world.   The  exhibit  is  divided  into  four  parts:  Picasso’s   women,  introspection  into  man,  still  life  and  fauna,  and  Picasso  as  an  illustrator.    The  exhibit  is   less  of  an  art  display  and  more  of  a  story  about   the  evolution  of  the  painter,  a  behind  the  scenes   look  at  how  Picasso  thought  and  from  where  he   drew   his   inspiration.     The   exhibit   also   includes   a   lot   of   information   about   Picasso’s   childhood,   something  we  rarely,  if  ever,  hear  about.  Of  particular  interest  to  me  were  the  drawings  of  Francoise  Gilot  and  Jacqueline  Roque,  two  women   ^OV ^LYL ]LY` PUÅ\LU[PHS PU 7PJHZZV»Z HY[  ;OL former  his  lover  and  the  latter  his  second  wife  are   known  to  the  world  as  a  very  creative  collection   of  shapes  in  Picasso’s  paintings. The   works   were   selected   out   of   800   pieces   from  the  Picasso  Foundation  in  Malaga,  Spain.     This   is   the   30th   Picasso   exhibit   to   tour   Korea,  

I\[[OLÄYZ[[VOH]LZVTHU`\UPX\LWPLJLZMYVT the artist’s  life.    If  you’ve  ever  asked  yourself  how   Picasso   arrived   at   his   bizarre   and   occasionally   VMMW\[[PUNSH[LYWPLJLZWLYOHWZ`V\JHUÄUK[OL answer  at  EXCO.   As   the   name   Picasso   is   now   often   equated   with   masterpiece,   it   is   very   interesting   to   see   some   of   his   early   drawings.     As   you   move   through  the  exhibit  from  the  scribbles  to  his  later   works,  you  can  see  the  recklessness  and  precision,  daring  and  creativity  that  would  later  come   to  characterize  Picasso  and  his  art.   So  as  you  enter  the  exhibit,  try  not  to  be  disappointed  by  the  lack  of  oil  paintings,  and  don’t   be  put  off  by  the  black  and  white  scribbles  and   YV\NO KYH^PUNZ VM [OL ÄYZ[ ZLJ[PVUZ VM [OL L_hibit.   Instead,   let   yourself   be   taken   along   for   a   ride   with   the   famous   painter,   and   consider   his   beginning  and  his  inspired  ending.  And  the  next   time  you  hear  someone  proclaim  that  they’re  ‘no   Picasso’,   take   solace   in   the   fact   that   when   Picasso  started,  he  was  not  either.   The  exhibit  is  showing  until  February  23rd  at   the   Daegu   EXCO.   It   is   open   from   10am   -   6pm   daily  and  admission  is  12,000  won  (7-18  years   admission  is  10,000  won).


Old  School My  Sassy  Girl   Story  by  Jasetyn  Hatcher


his  gross-out,  sweet,  romantic  comedy  of   2001  became  an  international  hit,  with  remakes  being  made  in  several  countries,  inJS\KPUN;HP^HUHUK[OL<:(;OLĂ&#x201E;STPZIHZLK on  the  true  story  made  into  a  series  of  web  articles  by  writer  Kim  Ho  Shik. The   outrageous   and   lovely   characters   Kyun   Woo   (Cha   Tae   Hyun)   and   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;that   Bizarre   Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   (for   in  the  movie,  she  is  never  given  a  name)  meet  at   a  chance  encounter  in  a  subway  while  the  girl  is   very,  very  drunk.    As  she  commits  social  faux  pas   after  social  faux  pas,  Kyun  Woo  watches  in  disN\Z[([[OLWLHRVMOLYKLĂ&#x201E;SPUNTHUULY[OLNPYS barfs  all  over  a  retireeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  toupee,  and  then  passes   out   on   the   train,   but   not   before   she   drunkenly   looks  at  Kyun  Woo  and  calls  him  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;honeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.    The   train  erupts  in  angry  treatment  of  Kyun  Woo  for   not  taking  care  of  his  girlfriend  until  he  is  forced   to  take  her  off  the  train  and  care  for  her.    A  long   series   of   misfortunate   events   abound   as   Kyun   Woo   is   arrested   for   rape,   beaten   half-to-death   by   his   egregious   mother,   and   embarrassed   repeatedly  by  the  girl  with  no  manners. As   quirky   and   lovely   as   the   story   is,   it   drifts  


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slightly  in  and  out  of  being  interesting.    Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  clear   MYVT[OLILNPUUPUNVM[OLĂ&#x201E;STHUK[OL[P[SL[OH[ [OPZPZTLHU[[VILHĂ&#x201E;STHIV\[HUL_HNNLYH[LK and  strange  girl.    Although  Jeon  Ji  Hyun  plays  the   JOHYHJ[LY PU H THUULY ILĂ&#x201E;[[PUN [OL ^LI ZLYPLZ at  times  the  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;awkwardnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  seems  very  forced.     ;OLĂ&#x201E;STILNPUZNYVWPUNMVYSH\NOZMYVT[OLZHRL of   shock   factor,   and   in   2013   frankly,   there   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   much  shock  to  be  had  from  her  behavior. Still,  one  would  be  mistaken  to  give  up  on  the   Ă&#x201E;STHZHWHZZtJ\S[\YHSIP[VMPYVU`OLYL;OLYL are  solid  reasons  why  Bizarre  Girl  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  seem  to   get  herself  together;  the  same  reason  why  Kyun   Woo  develops  a  seemingly  deep  sense  of  care   MVYOLY(Z^LZSV^S`Ă&#x201E;UKV\[[OYV\NOV\[[OLĂ&#x201E;ST Bizarre  Girl  suffered  a  tragedy  in  her  life,  possibly   explaining   away   the   insensitive   and   inappropriate   behaviors   she   has   had,   and   so   begins   the   [Y\S`YVTHU[PJHUKSV]LS`HZWLJ[VM[OLĂ&#x201E;ST 0[PZY\KLHUKZ^LL[PUUVJLU[HUKĂ&#x201E;S[O`SV]PUN and  bizarre.    â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My  Sassy  Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  is  now  a  classic  Korean  comedy  and  simply  for  that  reason,  should   not  be  looked  over  for  newer  or  less  well-known   cinematic  treats.  


Ayurveda  Yoga  Academy Story  and  photography  by  Megan  Deutsch


VNHILULĂ&#x201E;[Z[OL^OVSLIVK`TPUKZ`Z[LT as  a   science   of   the   spine,   as   a   tool   for   coming  to  the  moment,  the  state  of  hapWPULZZ HUK HZ HU HY[ VM Ă&#x201E;YL \ZPUN HSJOLT` [V transform  and  purify. As   a   tool   for   enabling   you   to   experience   the   TVTLU[ `VNH HSSV^Z `V\ [V Ă&#x201E;UK `V\Y OHWWPness.    People  are  always  feeling  as  though  they   are  living  in  the  past,  feeling  sad,  or,  in  the  future,   worrying  about  what  is  to  come.    There  are  only   Ă&#x2026;LL[PUNTVTLU[ZVMMLLSPUNHSP]L@V\JHUWYVIably  think  of  at  least  a  few  times  when  everything   felt  right  and  there  was  no  sense  of  time.    That  is   being  fully  present  in  the  current  moment.    Yoga   allows   you   to   grow   this   presence,   from   a   few   passing  seconds  to  every  moment  of  every  day.     In  the  moment  there  is  no  sadness,  no  anxiety,   only  celebration. @VNHPZHSZVJHSSLK[OLÂşHY[VMĂ&#x201E;YLÂť0[PZHSJOLT` of  the  bodymind,  experienced  through  changing   your  postures,  breath,  and  thoughts.    This  alcheT`Z[PT\SH[LZ[HWHZPUULYĂ&#x201E;YL[OH[I\YUZH^H` `V\YPTW\YP[PLZPUZPKLHUKV\[;OPZĂ&#x201E;YLYPKZ`V\

of  excesses  like  unnecessary  thoughts,  pounds,   and  toxins.    Through  this,  you  automatically  start   to  practice  vairagya;  non-attachment/letting  go. Ayurveda  Yoga  Academy  provides  an  opportunity   to   explore   this   alchemy   more   deeply   by   integrating  it  into  your  daily  life  with  the  Healing   Alchemy  Leadership  course.    The  19th  semester   of  our  teacher  training  course  begins  in  February.     Through  a  supportive  community,  you  can  gain   the   tools   for   healing,   growth,   and   happiness,   ^OPJOSLHKZ`V\[V^HSRJVUZJPV\ZS`HUKJVUĂ&#x201E;dently  on  your  life  path.    This  course  is  open  to   anyone  interested  in  becoming  a  teacher,  therapist,  healing,  or  searching  for  happiness.   ;OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[Z[LWPZNL[[PUNVU[OLTH[ZVJVTL along  to  the  studio!  Part  of  yoga  is  Abhyasa  (continuous  daily  practice).    Walk  in,  and  watch  what   happens.     As   you   experience   changes   within   HUKHYV\UK`V\`V\^PSSĂ&#x201E;UK`V\YZLSMJVTPUN[V the  mat  more  consistently.    With  this  in  mind,  Ayurveda  Yoga  is  offering  a  12-month  membership   for   the   New   Year   for   just   850,000won   (original   price  1.2  million  won).    Make  sure  to  sign-up  by   the  end  of  January  to  enjoy  this  great  opportunity! Megan   Deutsch   is   a   teacher   at   Ayurveda   Yoga   Academy.   With   locations   in   Siji   and   Manchon,   classes  run  from  6:30AM-8:50PM,  and  there  is   a  9AM  class  on  Saturdays.   Email: Facebook:  Ayurveda  Yoga  Academy Blog:


Resolving Lameness  in   2014 Story  by  Kevin  Maynard


ith another   year   in   Korea   behind   us,   [OLYL»Z ZV T\JO [V YLÅLJ[ VU HUK [V be  thankful  for.    Hopefully  your  holiday   hangover   has   worn   off   and   ideas   have   started   popping   up   about   how   make   the   most   of   the   year  ahead.    It’s  around  this  time  that  one  might   utter  something  like:   ‹ ;OPZ`LHY0»TNVPUN[VNL[Ä[ ‹ This  year,  I’m  going  to  lose  some  weight. ‹ This  year,  I’m  going  to  be  healthier. Oh,   the   magic   of   January!     Excited   and   motivated,  most  people  join  a  gym,  buy  a  workout   DVD,   or   take   some   other   action   in   the   general   direction   of   their   resolution.     Then,   for   about   a   month  or  two,  gyms  and  Facebook  statuses  are   buzzing   with   inspired   masses   of   people   determined   to   bring   sexy   back.     Sadly,   by   the   time   March  hits,  things  are  back  to  business  as  usual.     .`T [YHMÄJ ZSV^Z YLTHYRHIS` HUK HSS [OH[ 5L^ Year’s  mojo  slowly  fades  into  the  couch.   It’s   not   that   being   healthier   or   losing   twenty   pounds  aren’t  worthwhile  goals,  but  rather  they   don’t  mean  anything  just  because  the  calendar   ticked  over  to  Jan  1st  and  a  few  words  were  said   in  the  back  of  the  mind.    Unfortunately  for  a  lot  of   us,  that’s  as  far  as  most  goals  get.    Unquestionably,  vague  statements  without  written  reinforcement  end  up  void  of  structure  and  ultimately  fail.     Scientists  have  already  proven  that  people  who  


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write down   their   goals   have   much   higher   success  rates.    So  what  can  be  done  to  make  this   year  THE  year  that  change  happens?    Allow  me   to  share  a  few  more  R’s  to  go  with  your  resolution  this  year. 9LÅLJ[   Look  back  on  2013  and  put  it  to  rest;  the  closure   will   be   empowering.     This   can   be   as   simple   as   becoming  aware  of  how  you  feel  when  you  think   about   2013   or   as   complex   as   writing   out   everything   you   accomplished   over   the   past   twelve   months. Record   Now  the  fun  begins.    Create  a  2014  Goals  Sheet   (see  next  page). You   can   choose   any   topics   you   want.     Here   are  some  examples:    Health,  Personal  Development,   Savings,   Fun,   Family,   Spiritual,   Luxuries,   Charity,  Relationships,  and  Household. Then  create  an  identical  wheel  for  just  January  and  write  down  one  or  two  things  you  want   to  do  under  the  topics  you’ve  chosen.    Keep  it   simple  and  always  ask  yourself,  “On  a  scale  from   one  to  ten  with  ten  being  a  resounding  YES,  how   likely  am  I  to  do  this?”    If  your  answer  is  anything   less  than  a  seven,  then  change  the  goal  until  it’s   above  a  seven  and  a  no-brainer  to  get  done.  


Example of  a  2014  Goals  Sheet

Example of  a  January  2014  Goals  Sheet

Review At  the  end  of  the  month,  check   off  what  you’ve  accomplished.     Don’t   worry   if   you   don’t   get   everything  done;  perfection  is   not  the  goal.     Repeat Put   January   behind   you,   and   start  February’s  checklist!   Bring  this  year  to  life  by  writing   out   small   intentions   each   month,   and   then   give   those   intentions   a   little   awareness.   That  way  when  March  arrives,   you’ll  still  be  movin’  and  shakin’.    Cheers  to  2014,  the  best   year  yet!

Did you   enjoy   this   article?   Follow   my   blog   www.kevinTH`UHYKÄ[ULZZJVT   for   more   ways   to   become   the   healthiest  person  you  know.   Source:   Summary   of   Recent   Goals   Research,   by   Gail  

Matthews, Ph.D.,   Dominican   University uploads/2008/09/researchsummary2.pdf


The 8th  Wonder   of  the  World: Lotus  Root Story  and  photography  by  Erica  Berry


id you  know  that  the  lotus  plant  is  the  only   plant  that  can  live  in  water,  earth,  and  air   simultaneously?     Did   you   know   that   its   root   is   also   delicious   and   super   cheap?     Well,   now  that  you’ve  been  schooled  on  lotus  and  its   many  wonders,  you  can  see  why  it’s  a  staple  on   my  grocery  list.   Lotus   root   is   everywhere   in   Korea,   you’ve   probably  seen  it,  eaten  it,  loved  it,  and  still  have   no  idea  what  it  is.    It’s  a  white,  starchy  vegetable   that   looks   sort   of   like   a   wheel.     The   root   is   JY\UJO` HUK JYPZW ^P[O H TPSKS` Z^LL[ ÅH]VY and   a   water   chestnut   texture.     You   can   buy   it   pre-sliced  in  most  supermarkets  for  about  3,000   won  or  go  wild  and  get  it  in  its  natural  state  at   the  market.    If  you  opt  for  the  latter,  be  sure  to   choose  a  hard  tuber  without  any  brown  spots.    


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In traditional   Korean   cuisine,   lotus   root   is   found  in  soups,  stir-fry’s,  and  side  dishes,  but  as   usual,  I  like  to  go  off  the  beaten  path  and  try  new   M\ZPVUZ VM ÅH]VYZ  :V VU [OL TLU\ [OPZ ^LLR is  Baked  Lotus  Root  Chips  and  Salsa  –  aka   Asian  nachos!

HEALTHY LIVING Baked Lotus  Root  Chips  &  Salsa Prep  Time:   20  minutes Cook  Time:   30  minutes +PMÄJ\S[`! ,HZ` Serves:     2  people Lotus  Root  Chips  Ingredients  kilogram  lotus  root     ‹ ‹ 2  tablespoon  of  your  favorite  spice  blend   (I  used  cumin,  coriander,  pepper,  and  cayenne  –  all  can  be  found  online  or  at  specialty  Indian  markets  around  Daegu) ‹ 1  teaspoon  salt  or  to  taste ‹ 1  tablespoon  olive  oil ‹ 1  tablespoon  vinegar Directions 1.   Preheat  toaster  oven  to  220°C   2.   Drain   pre-packaged   lotus   root   or   wash   and   peel   the   root,   removing   any   brown   bits  and  cut  into  thin  slices

Salsa Ingredients ‹ 3  ripe  tomatoes ‹  white  or  red  onion   ‹ 1  teaspoon  minced  garlic ‹ 2   tablespoon   leek   (or   cliantro   if   you   can   ÄUKP[ ‹ 2  hot  peppers ‹ 1  teaspoon  salt ‹ [LHZWVVUOV[WLWWLYÅHRLZ ‹ 1  teaspoon  black  pepper ‹ Squeeze   of   EasyLime   (available   at   most   supermarkets)

3. Place  the  sliced  lotus  root  in  the  bowl  of   vinegar  water  for  about  5  minutes 4.   Pat  dry  using  paper  towel 5.   Add   lotus   root   and   oil   to   a   Tupperware   container.  Put  on  the  lid  and  shake  it  until   the  slices  are  covered  in  oil 6.   Add  spices  and  shake  again 7.   Line  a  baking  sheet  with  parchment  paper   and  spread  the  slices  out  in  a  single  layer   8.   Bake  for  15  minutes 9.    Start  making  your  salsa! 10.  Turn  chips  and  bake  for  another  15  minutes  or  until  brown 11.  Remove  and  let  cool  –  the  chips  will  crisp   up  as  they  cool  down

Directions 1. Dice  tomatoes,  hot  peppers,  and  onions 2.   Add  garlic,  spices,  and  lime 3.   *V]LYHUKSL[[OLÅH]VYZTLSKMVYTPUutes


ŕł&#x;â&#x20AC;Ť×&#x2122;â&#x20AC;ŹŐ§â&#x20AC;Ť×ľâ&#x20AC;Ź Story  by  Maxwell  Shellabarger,  Translation  by  Ӥâ&#x20AC;Ť×Żâ&#x20AC;Źŕ§&#x2122; Photography  by  Karen  Melton


rom  what  I  have  seen,  it  would  appear  that   most  foreigners  living  in  Korea  eat  very  similar  foods.    Outside  of  the  occasional  return   to  western  food  and  barbecued  meats,  a  staple   of  the  expat  diet  is   ŕ°&#x2018;ŕŠ&#x;ŕš&#x2014;  (dakgalbi).    This  dish   of   grilled   chicken   rib   meat   and   vegetables   in   a   ZWPJ`YLKZH\JLPZKLĂ&#x201E;UP[LS`VULVMT`WLYZVUHS favorite   discoveries   since   moving   here.     There   are  a  variety  of  restaurants  downtown,  but  I  think   I  might  have  found  the  holy  grail  of  galbi.    I  made   [OPZĂ&#x201E;UK[OHURZ[VH2VYLHUMVVKISVN0Z[HY[LK following   (ŕ°?ŕŤ?ྪá&#x192;ľá Šŕ¸&#x17E;);   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   recommend   following  it  too  if  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  interested  in  local  cuisine  and   want  to  practice  your  Korean  reading. The  name  of  the  restaurant  is  á&#x2039;ťŕŻľŕŽ&#x192;ŕ°&#x2018;,  which   I  think  translates  to  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sky  Day  Chicken.â&#x20AC;?    I  went   with  two  friends,  and  we  ordered  three  servings   of  the  dakgalbi,  two  servings  of  double  cheese,   and  two  servings  of  fried  rice  for  after  the  chicken  was  gone.    This  wound  up  being  a  mountain   VMMVVK[OH[^LOHKKPMĂ&#x201E;J\S[`]HUX\PZOPUN;OL chicken   and   vegetables   were   delicious,   albeit   quite  spicy,  despite  ordering  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal  (ŕ¸&#x17E;á&#x2030;&#x203A;)â&#x20AC;?   level  of  heat.    The  cheese  was  the  real  star  here;   ordering   double   cheese   resulted   in   an   oceanic   pool  of  molten  cheese  in  the  middle  of  our  pan.     It   was   decadent.     The   fried   rice   was   a   perfect  


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ending  to   the   meal,   soaking   up   all   the   leftover   sauce  and  grease.   The  restaurant  itself  is  pretty  small.    Expect  to   ZP[VU[OLĂ&#x2026;VVYHZ[OLYLHYLUVJOHPYZ(SZVWLYhaps  bring  someone  who  is  at  least  moderately   WYVĂ&#x201E;JPLU[PU2VYLHU;OL^HP[Z[HMMKPKUV[HWpear  to  be  able  to  speak  much  English,  but  this   was  not  a  problem  for  us.    As  for  the  pros  and   cons,  there  are  a  few  of  each.    On  the  plus  side,   the  dakgalbi  is  the  best  I  have  ever  had.    It  was   perfectly   spicy,   there   were   copious   vegetables,   and  the  cheese  added  creamy  richness.    On  the   other   hand,   the   fact   that   this   place   is   so   good   attracts  customers  accordingly.    We  were  lucky   to   be   seated   the   night   we   went   there;   we   saw   many   groups   either   get   turned   away   or   told   to   wait   for   up   to   an   hour   to   get   a   spot.     Another   possible  downside  of  this  restaurant  is  its  loca[PVU>LJV\SKUV[Ă&#x201E;UKHU`I\ZZ[VWZ[OH[^LYL particularly   close,   and   it   was   a   15   minute   walk   from   the   nearest   subway   (Yongsan).     Regardless,  I  would  still  recommend  this  restaurant  for   anyone  looking  for  the  best  dakgalbi  in  Daegu.     Copy  and  paste  this  address  into  smart  phones   and  enjoy  your  chicken!  ŕ°?ŕŤ?ŕ˝&#x192;ŕ°?ŕť?ŕŤ?á&#x20AC;§ŕşŽŕą?92014(á&#x20AC;§ŕşŽá&#x192;Žá&#x2039;ťá&#x2026;?ŕą&#x2026;ิ૱)

FOOD & DRINK ዽ૑࿝ະધၰ௴ဘ૑ၨ౹ၕพ ඓ ఝิึ ൯ဨ ๗ཁዽ ၗངၕ ൾ௴ ઇၒച พၨఋ ಕಕച ൾ ௴ ໏࿅ၗངၦ୾ ෡๗ሕၗངၕ ႞ဘዻඓ ဘ૑ၨ౹ၡ ჎ဠངఎ ၔ ఑੟๗ၦఋ ๥੝ ൯ဪ ࿅ஸ ࿝఑੟๗ધૺဉ྽ᅘ൐ႁဪፎ ૐဲ໏ ൾ௴ ၦ ဠ൘௴ ఝૐ࿝ ࿾ၦ೭ൾ࿌มၗངთ࿝໏੭ ၨ႕ၒച ਜ਼ၿ ൨࿝ ౵௴ ઇ౹ თዻ୾ၦఋ ఝૐགྷஏ࿝௴ఋ࿅ዽၗང႙ ౹ၦၰხൢ࿌ᄒඓ୾௴૯౏ ྦ༝࿌ၰ௴ᆊધၡ੟๗ჵ൐ᅗ ྤတపઇ੪ఋၦක౷ઇၦዽ ૑ၨၡ൪ჵ๓ച૯నึၦ࿘ఋ ጎቔၗང࿝શཉၦൣ੿୾ዽ૑ ࿌ၪૺ൐࿨ཀዻધཌྷၒཅึၦ ೡඓ ൪ჵ ๓ച૯൐ ር෮ዻ௴ ઇၕᆓᅩጄ౵൘ધཌྷఋ ၦ฀ᆓᅩዾၗང႙ၡၦ൑ၔ ዻ௵ஃ఑ၨవஏແੜၒച௴ང ఙၦ൑ၡၡු௴Œ.TaQVO+PQKSMVQV\PM;Saœၩઇ੪ఋ౞඗ၡ ᆵૐ౹઴ ਜ਼໏ ఑੟๗ ၨึ઴ ధ๓ᆳღၨึၕ჎බዻધ఑ ધૺ൐ ఋ ൾၔ ፎ ภၗ෬ ၨ ึၕ ವ ჎බጋఋ ภၗ෬ၡ ࿅ ၔஞඳ౅ൣྤ໏ஆ଀࿖ၦൾૺ ࿝௴࿌഍ီၕઘ࿘ఋ఑ધૺဉ ྽ᅘ௴ ൯ဪ൪ၡ ႜ౅൐ Ŕพቛŕ ၒച჎බጋ௴వ౅୅൯းხൢ ൪ၰ࿘ఋ ၦ ၗངၡ ჰ჻ พම ၔ ᆳღ࿰ఋ ჎බዽ ధ๓ᆳღ ਜ਼አၡთ੝࿝໏ิሽீྤ੿ఝ ዽ ᆳღ ࿨ජၕ ൢ౹࿌஖ఋ ૯ ઁ თెໜၦ ၰၕ ൢም ፑൌጋ ఋ ภၗ෬ၔ ඈၨ ဠ൘൐ ൾધ ஁ ፎ ஆၔ ࿅ஸ઴ ૺ൑ၕ ၦဧ

ዽဋดዽൠხൡᇬ༺࿰ఋ ངఙၡ ૬ක௴ ୅ ၵၔ ኻၦ ఋ Ⴚ໐ၔ ක౞ Ⴚངၒച ૐໜ ౗࿌ၰఋ૯൘ધྤൠ౅႕ఙ ᎁ ዽ૑൥࿝ ௻ዽ ຫ೥઴ ጀନ ࿼௴ઇၦႹၕ౽ጋఋၦ઱ၡ Ⴖ࿕ဴ౹ၔ࿱࿌࿝૯ఋხ௻ዽ ઇᅧ೿พၦხ௴ྨྰၒ୾ဨ൘ ࿝઎௴૯ఋხማ࿌഍ီၔ࿖࿘ ఋ ၿఎ႙࿝ ఝጄ໏ ൥ዻၴඓ Ⴙၔ႙ၔ૯൪ၔხ૵ଥൾ࿌ ม ઇ თ࿝໏ ᆊધ࿰ఋ ဋดᎁ ൯ဪ൪࿝ఋ ྽ᅘ౅ ෮ఝዽ ࿅ ၦ࿘ધᆳღ௴ሙ൜੪ၦዟิዽ ൪ၕధጋఋఋ൏ዽኻၒച௴ ၦ ઱ ၗངၦ ႜ൥ ൪ၰૺ ಕබ ࿝૯ൢምધ੮ၕ୬ఋ௴႙ၦ ఋဨ൘ਜ਼੦ప૯႔வ࿝௴ၴ ൘൐ၼၕ༘ၰ௴ઇၴᅰਜ਼ጌ

ဪၦ࿘ఋဨ൘௴ၴ൘൐ၼၒ഍ ඓ ዽ གྷ੝ ႜ౅௴ ૺఋ഍྽ ዽ ఋ௴ ൥ၕ ౸ધ ౉ྤ໏௴ ൣၔ ඳ൘ၡ ຫ೥౹ၕ พૺ౅ ጋఋ ၦၗང႙ၡವఋ൏ఎ႙ၦೡඓ ၁ᆳၦఋဨ൘௴ችถᎁၗང႙ ࿝ ਜ਼ଆဪ ෾༺ ႜ൅ၿၕ ᅗၕ ༘࿖࿌໏૯૱ᅧਜ਼ଆဪხዻ ᅪ࿦ၨဧຮ࿦࿝໏ึႜ౅൐ ઃ࿌ਜ਼྽ጋఋዻხൢ૯೿࿝౅ ุૐዻધ࿥႖ᎁఝૐ࿝໏ਜ਼ၿ ൪ၰ௴఑੟๗ჵၕᅗ௴ึ࿝઎ ௴ၦၗང႙ၕᆓᅩዻધཌྷఋ ༺ൠቼ዇࿝ ၦ ჎໴൐ ฟຫ ฿࿥பૺዻધ ൪ၰ௴ ఑੟๗൐ ౵གྷ૾෡೦ఁఋ ఝૐགྷఐ໏ૐ ဧຮ౏!ဧຮხዻᅍ౅ ิ૱


Huckleberry Story  by  Matthew  Stroud,  Translation  by  ŕ§&#x2030;â&#x20AC;ŤŮ&#x201A;â&#x20AC;Źŕ¨&#x2DC; Photography  by  Matthew  Stroud  and  ŕŞ&#x20AC;ŕ§&#x2022;ਸ


n  a   cold   winter   night,   I   pulled   myself   [OV\NO [OL [YHMĂ&#x201E;J KV^U[V^U PU ZLHYJO of   Huckleberry   bar.     I   didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   know   what   to  expect  from  Huckleberry,  other  than  it  would   probably   be   different   from   the   usual   bars   that   pepper  the  streets  of  the  trendier  areas  of  Daegu.     In  this  respect,  I  was  not  disappointed.    Huckleberry   is   styled   in   an   outdoors/camping   theme,   which   makes   this   bar   stand-out   from   regular   downtown  spots,  although  I  nearly  walked  past   it.    It  is  small.    Like  a  tent.    That  being  said,  this   makes  it  a  more  intimate  spot  for  evening  drinks.   ;OLKtJVYPZKLJPKLKS`TPUPTHSPZ[PJ^P[O IHsic  chairs  and  tables  throughout.    On  the  walls   there  hang  various  camping  paraphernalia,  lending  unexpected  warmth  to  the  room.    The  name   Huckleberry   brings   to   mind   the   mighty   Missis-


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sippi  river,  reeds  along  the  riverbank,  and  steamboats,  but  while  the  bar  has  the  name  Huckleberry,   the   interior   styling   reminds   one   more   of   the  Rocky  Mountains  or  the  Appalachians.    They   should  hang  a  bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  head  on  the  wall  for  effect.     Seriously.    Bears  are  cool. >OPSL[OLZ[`SPUNHUKKtJVYVM[OLIHYPZKLĂ&#x201E;nitely  unique,  it  would  be  great  if  their  minimalistic   leanings  would  carry  over  to  their  prices.    I  found   that  paying  6000  won  for  a  bottled  Hoegaarden   was  a  bit  much,  especially  when  you  can  get  a   pint   of   the   stuff   for   less   at   other   bars,   in   more   convenient   locations   that   arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   â&#x20AC;&#x153;off   the   beaten   trackâ&#x20AC;?,  as  it  were.    The  draft  beer  is  surprisingly   delicious,  however,  and  costs  just  4,000  won.   Choice   of   alcoholic   beverages   is   limited   at   Huckleberry.     The   one   thing   Huckleberry   has   plenty  of  is  Absolut  vodka,  bottles  of  which  line   the   exterior   of   the   bar,   in   stark   cosmopolitan   contrast  to  the  sleeping  bags  and  gas  lanterns   that   hang   from   the   walls.     If   you   are   someone   who  indulges  in  tobacco  inhalation  then  you  can   enjoy  your  cigarette,  pipe,  or  cigar  in  true  camping   style;   outside,   in   camping   chairs,   watching   [OL[YHMĂ&#x201E;JNVI` In   all   honesty,   the   only   thing   about   Huckleberry  that  would  lure  me  back  would  be  Huckleberry  itself.    It  is  quiet,  warm,  and  unlikely  to  be   anything  but.    If  you  would  like  a  calm  drinking   experience  without  the  threat  of  being  bothered   by   an   annoyingly   drunk   foreigner,   then   Huckleberry   is   a   place   you   should   look   into.     Indeed,   if  you  hate  people  and  want  to  drink  alone  then   I  daresay  the  place  is  made  for  you.    They  also   give  out  Huckleberry  stickers  which  you  can  slap   onto  your  skateboard,  as  I  did,  assisting  you  in   living  your  rebellious  lifestyle.

࿌௲ᆓဪખါ෫୾௴୾ၴཅ ၕགྷஏၡၨኒ൐ጘᅸ໏ጏሜฉ ൘෡࿝౅ᅎጋఋ୾௴ጏሜฉ൘ ࿝઎໏ඳ࿗ၕૺఝዾხඞ೨ხ ൢၦ೽႙࿝໏୾௴ཇ൫ዻხྨ ྰఋጏሜฉ൘௴྽ဘᇉዺቇൠ ༺ረၩച૯೽༺ረၩၔၦ෡൐ གྷஏၡ၉඗ዽၩ෥ၿ໴౹઴ᅍ ถጷጄ჎࿘ఋ๗ഛ୾௴੿ၡ༺ ᅸხ୾੟๻ጋხൢ໏౅቉ቼ੪ ၦၵఋધ൥ዻ࿥ხხൢၦઇၔ ႔வ༜ၴ൘࿝ᆵ༙ዽၿ໴ചൢ ౹࿌჎࿘ఋ ཇஏၿངၔጸཇᎁૺมᅙື ઴ቇၦ๓ၦ႖ᅰ႕ၒചුఁ඀ ൘ცၦ࿘ఋด࿝௴ఋ࿅ዽᇉዺ ဧዜၦၰ࿌࿵ືᆳජዽಋ೔ጀ ၦ෮࿝໏௲ମხ౅ഛጋఋጏሜ ฉ൘ೡ௴ၦ൑ၔၿ഍ዽුགྷགྷ ዳ ၦ෡ਜ਼ጏሜฉ൘ೡ௴ၦ൑ၕ ਜ਼ჰ෥ඓၨቇ൘࿌༺ረၩၔഛ ሠຮ൰ၦ୾ ྩኒೡᆳྦຮ൰౹ ၕಞ࿿൘઎ዽఋ૯౹ၔયၡൽ ൘൐ด࿝ఋፉ઴൐၁ጄఐྤ྽ ዽఋ ෡ၡ ༺ረၩൟ઴ వᇬഅၦ໩ ၦႜ൥ചెችጋხൢႮ૯ൠዽ ၿངၦਜ਼ગఝ࿝൬ᆓૺ࿝ᆚึ ጋఋ୾௴ ጭਜ਼౷ၶၕ ဴ

࿝ხุዻ௴ઇၦແ൰჎௴ூ೦ ઎౅ ൪ၰ࿘ხൢ ਜ਼ગၔ  ဴၦ࿘ఋ ጏሜฉ൘࿝໏ ྩᇬ࿿ၗഭ൐ ໓ሳዻ௴ઇၔ႞ዽ႕ၦ࿘ఋጏ ሜฉ൘࿝໏ൣၔઇთዻ୾௴ྐྵ ໸ളቼพ౵ᆽച෡෡଑࿝บ౹ ၦბხ࿌ၰ࿘ఋൢ྾ఙཅၦቔ ෡ᇬ፷ၮ࿝๢Ⴆၰ௴௛૒ਜ਼ၦ ೡඓ ჰ჻ᇉዺ༺ረၩച ఙཅၡ క෰୾ኒၦይགྷਜ਼൐ჩ૾༘ၯ ఋຫ೥౹ၦხ୾ਜ਼௴ઇၕพඓ ໏෡੪࿝ᇉዺၡၴ࿝ྦྷྤ໏ ໸ჯᎁ ൥ዽఋඓጏሜฉ൘࿝ ໏ ஏਜ਼ ୮൘௴ ಌ ዻ୾௴ ጏሜ ฉ൘૯ၴᅰၦఋጏሙฉ൘௴Ⴎ ဧዻધಋ೔ዻધఋ൏઱઴ఋ് ఋ௴႙ൢ྾ఙཅၦጷ஁༜ᆟዽ ဘ૑ၨၒചิሽ ෮ጄ෦ၕ ၁ጥ ࿖ၦᅍึዻ઎༜ၕൾધཌྷఋඓ ጏሜฉ൘௴ఙཅၦଶਜ਼ว྽ዾ ઱ၦఋႜ൥ചఙཅၦၨኒ൐཈ ࿌ዻધጯၴൠགྷધཌྷ࿌ዽఋඓ ୾௴੢ᎁၦၿ໴ਜ਼ఙཅၕ၁ጄ ၰఋધ ൥ዻધཌྷఋጏሜฉ൘௴ ఙཅၡ ༺ᇛၦቼพ౵ၡ ิᅎዾ ༘ၰ௴༺ቼᇑ൐୾௛࿌჎࿌໏ ୾௴฿࿥พྰఋఙཅၦ෥ጃྤ ೡၦይ༺ረၩၕ ຫ௴వ౅ ౅ီ ၕბઇၦఋ


Falling in  Love   Fish  Tanks Story  and  photography  by  Kaleena  Quarles,  from  the  blog  www.


hen I  began  telling  people  back  home   that   I   was   moving   to   Korea,   there   seemed   to   be   an   inevitable   and   predictable  thought  process  for  the  listener:  confusion  (“wait,  where?”);  shock  (“but,  umm,  why?!”);   fear  (“but  isn’t  North  Korea  trying  to  bomb  them   or   something?”);   excitement   (“oh   it   sounds   like   such  an  adventure!”).    Then  came  the  stories  of   how   their   cousin   or   their   neighbor’s   best   friend   had  moved  abroad  and  met  the  love  of  their  life   and  lived  happily  ever  after,  and  how  I  was  surely   destined  to  do  the  same. +LZWP[L [OL ÄLYJLS` PUKLWLUKLU[ WHY[ VM TL that  wanted  to  decry  these  exclamations  in  the   name  of  feminism  and  explain  to  everyone  that   I   was   doing   this   for   me   and   that   I   didn’t   need   [VÄUKHTHU0»KILS`PUNPM0KPKU»[HKTP[[OH[H small  part  of  me  hoped  they  were  right.    Maybe   0^V\SKÄUK[OH[ZWLJPHSWLYZVUHSVUN[OL^H` After   all,   there   would   be   thousands   of   other   foreigners  just  like  me  who  came  to  Korea  seeking  a  similar  adventure;  I  was  bound  to  meet  a   healthy  dose  of  smart,  brave,  funny,  ambitious,   mature,   attractive   men   seeking   a   relationship   with  another  expat,  right?    I  would  probably  have   trouble  juggling  my  dating  schedule  what  with  all   the  meaningful  conversations  about  life  and  romantic  adventures  I’d  be  having.   In  retrospect,  I’d  say  I  was  exceedingly...  optimistic.   For  a  variety  of  reasons  I’ll  explain  another  day,   along   with   the   simple   statistics   of   women   outnumbering   male   expats,   dating   in   this   country  


PF January/February  2014

has not  quite  been  the  fairy  tale  I  imagined.    So   after  9  months  of  little  luck  on  the  dating  front,  I   had  a  few  glasses  of  wine  and  did  that  thing  that   we   all   do   but   never   like   to   admit:   online   dating   (ahem).   After   sifting   through   a   barrage   of   messages   that  included  opening  lines  like,  “I’m  so  talented   person,   I   make   coffee   and   I   swam   across   the  

piece of  plywood  lying  across   the  ledge  but  as  I  reached  up   to  climb  over  the  wall,  I  experienced  the  curious  sensation   of  falling.    All  at  once  I  realized   my   foot   had   fallen   straight   through  the  rotting  wood  and   into  a  giant  hole.    I  screamed   as   both   of   my   legs   collapsed   through   the   crumbling   board,   and  my  date  looked  on  in  horror,  confusion,  and  perhaps  a   glimmer  of  embarrassment  at   my  predicament.   You   see,   it   was   not   just   a   hole:   I   had   just   fallen   into   an   extremely   large,   abandoned   ÄZO[HUR He   pulled   me   out   before   any   of   the   consternated   onlookers  could  yell  at  me  and  I   hobbled  away  from  the  scene   as   quickly   as   possible,   shakPUN HUK HIZVS\[LS` TVY[PÄLK Although  he  was  a  great  sport   and  took  it  all  in  stride,  it’s  safe   to  say  we’re  not  exactly  planning   our   wedding.     Perhaps   I’m   just   not   meant   to   date...   but   at   least   I   can   forever   tell   the  pun-tastic  joke  of  the  time   I  fell  in  loveHÄZO[HURVUHÄYZ[ date.


Han River”  and  “I  want  you  to   sit  on  my  face,”  I  began  chatting  with  someone  who  didn’t   seem  like  a  potential  serial  killer  and  agreed  to  meet  him  in   Busan  for  a  date.     We   hiked   along   some   beautiful   cliffs   and   ate   a   picnic   lunch   with   a   lovely   view.     All   was   going   well   and   I   was   amazed   that   I   hadn’t   embarrassed  myself  because,  as  my   friends  can  assure  you,  I  have   an  uncanny  knack  for  both  inQ\YPUN T`ZLSM HUK ÄUKPUN T`self   in   bizarre   situations.   But   the  day  was  not  over  yet.   At  the  bottom  of  a  hill  was  a   collection   of   seafood   shacks,   though   they   seemed   closed   PUKLÄUP[LS` K\L [V H OLH]` amount  of  construction  in  the   area.     As   we   started   walking   up   the   road   a   semi   truck   stopped   and   blocked   our   path.     It   appeared   the   only   way  to  bypass  it  would  be  by   going  through  the  side  patio  of   a  seafood  shack  and  hopping   over  a  retaining  wall  back  onto   the  road.   Not   paying   much   attention   to  what  I  was  doing,  I  climbed   up  on  a  ledge  about  three  feet   high  to  help  me  reach  the  top   of  the  wall.    I  stepped  onto  a  

Expat Diaries



LiNK Story by  Jason  Bridgewater,  Images  provided  by  LiNK


V\ZLKVU[OL[VWÅVVYVMHUPUJVUZWPJ\ous building  in  one  of  the  maze-like  streets   of  Jung-gu  is  Babalu  Dance  Club.    On  one   special  day  during  November,  it  became  a  painting   of   color   and   rhythm,   welcoming   in   people   of  all  backgrounds  and  walks  of  life.    The  LiNK   Zumbathon   proclaimed   a   coming   together   of   J\S[\YLZ[V[HRLWHY[PUHÄNO[HNHPUZ[IV[OHSHJR VMH^HYLULZZHUKSHJRVMÄ[ULZZ0[OHZILLUQ\Z[ one  of  the  many  events  held  by  the  LiNK  Daegu   Team   in   aid   of   changing   common   perceptions   about   North   Korea,   whilst   raising   both   awareness  and  much  needed  funding  for  the  greater   organization. LiNK   stands   for   Liberty   in   North   Korea,   an   NGO  with  foundations  in  Washington  DC,  USA.     With  the  common  public  image  of  North  Korea   shrouded   in   politics   and   military   standoffs,   the   developing   underbelly   of   the   nation   as   a   social   and  economic  entity  is  often  overlooked.    LiNK   works  to  change  the  public  perception  of  North   Korea  from  one  of  a  focus  upon  total  military  tyranny  and  high  politics  to  one  where  the  citizens   are  humanized  and  considered  as  individuals.     3P52 +HLN\ JVUZPZ[Z VM  RL` ÄN\YLZ HUK H small   band   of   dedicated   volunteers   to   put   the   ideas   into   action.     Willie   T.   Reaves   Jr.,   Director   of   Strategy   &   Media,   had   this   to   say   about   his   reasoning   behind   the   construction   of   a   Daegu   chapter  of  LiNK: “We  noticed  early  on  that  Daegu’s  expat  and   university  communities  were  both  engaged  and   motivated  and  wanted  to  help  leverage  that  energy  to  advance  change  for  North  Korea.    Daegu   is  colorful  for  many  reasons,  not  least  of  all  because  of  the  huge  hearts  of  its  residents.”           LiNK   has   partnered   with   bodies   such   as   the   Yeungnam  University  International  Student’s  Union  in  hosting  local  events  with  the  intent  to  reach  


PF December  2013

out to  interested  students.    Additionally,  working   with  the  Daegu  Theatre  Troupe  provided  an  astoundingly  effective  means  of  bringing  the  issues   to  the  attention  of  both  foreign  English  speakers   and  the  Korean  audience  through  a  dramatized   portrayal  of  American  and  Korean  thanksgivings.     As  such,  since  it’s  founding  in  March  2013,  the   Daegu  chapter  of  LiNK  has  built  extensive  connections   with   many   of   the   independent   industries  within  the  region.     It’s   common   for   foreign   individuals   to   be   interested   in   North   Korea   due   to   the   ingrained   perceptions   one   receives   from   western   media   outlets.     We   urge   such   people   to   get   involved   and   become   more   aware.     The   situation   isn’t   totally  how  the  media  portrays  it  to  be-  as  with   all  things.    This  is  an  issue  about  people’s  lives.     The   deaths   we   read   about   online   are   those   of   someone’s  brother,  someone’s  father,  a  sister,  a   daughter,  a  child.  LiNK  works  to  help  those  who   have  managed  to  defeat  the  odds  and  escape  to   China  but  are  still  trapped  in  silence  and  secrecy   for  fear  of  deportation  and  likely  capital  punishment. So   get   involved,   spread   the   world,   be   a   link   in   the   chain   of   communication.     Anyone   can   change  the  world  –  one  person  can  make  a  difference.     With   the   New   Year   coming   around,   LiNK  Daegu  is  looking  to  expand  its  membership   and   volunteer   team.     If   you   are   interested,   you   can  get  more  information  by  visiting  their  Facebook  page,  following  their  Twitter,  or  contacting   any  of  the  executive  team! Email: Facebook: Twitter: Website:

COMMUNITY Meet the  team... Jennifer  Lind

Aaron Rangoonwala

How did   you   get   involved   with   LiNK?   Why   LiNK?  Why  not  another  charity  or  organization? Jennifer  Lind  (JL):    When  I  arrived  in  Daegu,  I   L_WLJ[LK[VÄUKHUVYNHUPaH[PVUHSYLHK`^VYRPUN to  spread  awareness  and  raise  funds  for  North   Korean   refugees.     Though   there   are   groups   of   various  kinds  in  the  city  that  are  doing  great  nonWYVÄ[HUKJOHYP[`^VYR[OLKHUNLYV\ZYLHSP[`MVY many  North  Korean  defectors  is  so  severe  and   time-sensitive  that  it  warrants  attention  all  of  its   own.    So  I  talked  to  some  friends  about  it,  and   they   agreed.     We   thus   banded   together   under   3P52»ZIHUULYHUKZ[HY[LK[OLÄYZ[NYV\WVMV\Y kind  in  this  city. What   was   your   background   before   Korea   and   how   did   that   lead   you   to   become   involved  in  human  rights  issues? Willie   T.   Reaves   Jr.   (WTRJ):     I   was   involved   with  civil  rights  activism  in  high  school  and  studied   international   human   rights   in   college;   this   sowed  the  seeds  of  passion  for  people.    When  I   ÄYZ[ZL[L`LZVU[OLZOHU[`[V^UZULHY[OL[V^U where  I  was  living  while  interning  for  an  NGO  in   Argentina,  I  promised  to  dedicate  my  life  to  improving  the  human  condition,  no  matter  where  in   the  world  that  might  take  me. Aaron  Rangoonwala  (AR):    I  was  raised  in  East   Africa   and   constantly   exposed   to   poverty   and   injustice.    In  university,  I  started  studying  International  Politics,  and  this  lens  gave  me  great  global  

Willie T.  Reaves  Jr.

awareness of  our  comparative  human  condition.     I   realized   the   privilege   in   which   I   was   born   and   the  ability  I  had  to  affect  the  situation  of  others.     A   year   of   service   with   immigrant   communities   [OYV\NO(TLYPJVYWZ=0:;(ZVSPKPÄLKT`JVTTP[ment  to  be  a  voice  for  the  underprivileged. JL:    Throughout  college  and  afterward,  I  volunteered  and  worked  with  immigrants  and  refugees  from  various  backgrounds  in  the  Twin  Cities,   Minnesota.     Prior   to   Korea,   I   also   worked   full-time   for   a   genocide   awareness   and   advocacy  organization.    However,  what  changed  my   life   most   profoundly   were   the   stories   of   close   MYPLUKZ^OVOHKL_WLYPLUJLKÄYZ[OHUK[OL^VYZ[ that  humans  can  do  to  one  another,  and  I  grew   to  realize  that  I  could  no  longer  live  my  life  as  a   bystander  in  the  face  of  injustice.   What   does   your   role   with   Daegu   LiNK   entail? WTRJ:    I  serve  as  the  “voice”  of  Daegu  LiNK   through  our  social  media,  marketing,  and  branding  efforts  to  ensure  that  our  messaging  is  clear,   effective,   and   accurate.     I   constantly   research   developments   in   North   Korea   and   create   systems   and   resources   that   will   help   Daegu   LiNK   outlast  my  time  in  Korea. JL:    As  the  Director  of  Events  and  Advocacy,  I   work  primarily  to  establish  contacts  in  the  community,  organize  events,  and  be  a  general  source   of  information  and  advocate  for,  and  about,  the   human  rights  crisis  in  North  Korea.

COMMUNITY AR:  My  skills  are  to  maintain  a  big  picture  perspective,  to  generate  ideation  as  we  achieve  our   set  goals  of  advocacy  and  fundraising.    I  use  my   ZVJPHS JVUULJ[PVUZ [V ÄUK [HSLU[ WHZZPVU HUK resources  for  our  events. What  do  you  feel  the  future  has  in  store  for   North   Korean   relations   with   other   nations,   including   the   changing   relationship   that   it   has  with  China? AR:     The   regime’s   heightened   provocations  

and political   brinksmanship   in   2013   weakened   ties  with  even  its  closest  allies,  China  and  Russia.     North   Korea’s   continual   refusal   to   adhere   to   international   standards   of   human   dignity   is   at  odds  with  its  recent  shift  toward  international   trade   and   tourism.     Such   examples   as   Germany’s  boycott  of  the  upcoming  Winter  Olympics  in   Russia  due  to  human  rights  issues  demonstrate   that  the  world  is  tired  of  silent  acquiescence  to   dire  wrongs  and  is  prepared  to  push  North  Korea  toward  a  brighter  future.

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From Korea  With  Love   Story  by  Monique  Dean


hat started   out   as   a   way   for   blogger,   Alex  A-Che,  to  keep  her  family  updated   on  life  in  Korea  and  help  cope  with  the   inevitability  of  homesickness,  has  turned  in  to  a   multimedia  menagerie  bound  to  keep  its  readers   intrigued.   Considered   a   veteran   by   expat   standards,   Alex  says  ‘From  Korea  With  Love’  has  been  one   of  the  key  components  to  maintaining  her  happiness  and  sense  of  wonder  after  three  years  of   living  in  the  ROK.    This,  combined  with  a  great   network   of   friends   and   an   involvement   in   various   social   and   humanitarian   organizations,   has   helped  her  maintain  her  love  and  appreciation  for   the  country.    This  is  not  only  evident  through  her   words,  but  also  the  beautiful  imagery  and  poetic   elements  that  are  laced  through  the  blog.    From   Korea   With   Love   not   only   strikes   a   chord   with   experienced  expats,  but  also  serves  as  a  guide   for  newcomers  on  how  to  make  the  most  of  their  


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Wining and  dining   on  Valentine’s  Day   Story  by  Abbey  Kaye  Ritter


walked to   our   favorite   ངఙ   (shik-dahng,   restaurant)  where  my  ஆၴᆵૐ  (nahm-jah  chin-gu,   boyfriend)  was  waiting  with  his  elbows  resting   on  the  table,  a  ဉၨบ  (wah-een-byung,  bottle  of   wine)  and  ဉၨ౞ၶ(wah-een  du  jahn,  two  wine   glasses)  sitting  before  him.    I  rushed  inside  and   planted   a   ሠ༺ዻఋ   (key-suh-hah-duh,   kiss)   on   his  ၮ༜  (ihp-sool,  lips). “࿼๢   พધཌྷ࿘࿌!”   (ohp-pa   bo-go-shih-puhshuh,  oppa  I  missed  you). After  drinking  the   ဉၨบ  with  a   ஊൢ႕ၨ႔வ ངຫ (nahng-mahn-jeok-een   juh-nyeok-sheekZHO YVTHU[PJ KPUULY HUK Ä[ [V I\YZ[ 0 HZRLK him,   “຋຋ጄი~!”   (bbo-bbo-hae-jwuh,   kiss   my   cheek,  please).    When  neither  one  of  us  wanted   to  request  from  the  staff,  “ઢຮ໏჎ໞဠ!”  (gaesan-suh  ju-sae-yo,  bill  please)  and  end  the  date,   we  realized  it  had  been  the  perfect  ෧ഇረၨవၦ (bahl-lain-tah-een  dae-ee,  Valentine’s  Day). As   he   walked   me   home,   I   said,   “ขཡ พધཌྷ ࿌ ”  (buhl-sshah  bo-go-shih-puh,  I  miss  you  already). ྴો  (aeg-yo,  cutesy  behavior)  can  be  a  great   tool  to  use  when  practicing  your  Korean  phrases   on  a  date,  but  don’t  overdo  it.    For  example,  the   “~”   so   often   seen   in   Kakao   messages   and   on   Facebook   is   the   Korean   way   to   add   extra   emWOHZPZVU[OLÄUHSWHY[VMHZ`SSHISLHUK\Z\HSS` it  is  used  at  the  end  of  a  sentence.    It’s  similar  to   the  English  “heyyy,”  “cuuute,”  and  so  on. Also   cute   is   the   term   “࿼๢”   -   a   female   calling  an  older  male  “big  brother.”    This  is  not  used   in  the  typical  blood-related  sense  that  we  would   say  “big  brother”  in  English.     ࿼๢  can  be  used   for   close   male   friends   as   well   as   a   ஆၴᆵૐ   by  

adding ྴો.    Be  warned:  using   ࿼๢  is  cute  for   those  who  are  in  a  relationship,  but  can  be  seen   as  obnoxious  when  non-Korean  girls  use  it  in  an   attempt  to  attract  Korean  men  with  whom  they   have  no  prior  entanglement,  romantic  or  otherwise.    In  order  to  pronounce   ࿼๢  properly,  you   must   pay   attention   to   the   syllable   “๢”   (ppah).     The   double   letters,   like   “΅"   and   “Έ,"   can   be   confusing   for   a   non-native   speaker.     These   letters   are   a   way   of   adding   emphasis   and   unlike   “~”  they  are  a  true  part  of  the  Korean  language   and  not  simply  text-speak.    For  pronunciation,  it   helps  to  think  of  these  as  harder  versions  of  the   original   letters—sounds   that   are   stressed   and   forced   out   of   your   mouth.     For   proper   demonstrations,  ask  a  Korean  friend  or  watch  an  online   pronunciation  tutorial. ጌยዽ ෧ഇረၨవၦ ౗ໞဠ!   (haeng-bowlhahn   bahl-lain-tah-een-dae-ee   dwui-sae-yo,   Happy  Valentine’s  Day!) Special  thanks  to  ࿼૬ጭfor  nonstop  mini-Korean  lessons  and  much  patience.

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inally, desk  warming  is  over  (for  the  most  of  us),  and  the  majority  of  Platform's  readers  will  be  jet-setting  off  to  somewhere   new  and  exciting.  Hopefully  that  place  includes  an  above  zero   climate  and  cocktails  on  the  beach.  For  those  of  you  who  are  unable  to  leave  South  Korea  this  vacation  season,  I  hope  the  locations  we  featured  in  our  Staycation  segment  will  inspire  you  to  get   out  the  house  and  explore  the  areas  around  Daegu.   If  you  have  more  time  on  your  hands  than  you  know  what  to  do   with,   why   not   look   into   some   relaxing   yoga   lessons   with   Megan,   follow  Erica's  recipe  for  delicious  Lotus  Root  Chips  and  Salsa,  or   visit   the   Picasso   exhibit   that   is   currently   on   show   at   the   EXCO.   Whatever  your  plans  through  out  January  and  February,  I  hope  you   make  the  most  of  the  new  year  and  all  the  exciting  things  Daegu   has  to  offer Laura  Reynolds

January/February 2014  

Platform Daegu Issue 4

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