This is a post that I made for the Seoul Searcher blog. At the time I was supposed to hide my identity, but that’s dumb. Anyway I don’t want to delete anything I did there. You can see it is oozing with love for Korea, because Korea is the most awesome country in the world, didn’t you know? /sarcasm
About this blog
A lot of people think about Korea as an exotic far away place or a war torn backward developing country. This blog is meant to show that Korea is neither of these, but it is a modern society. Also, people tend to think of Japan and China when they think about Asia, and I wanted to try to get people to really know this country as I know it. I’m sure you’ll find that Korea isn’t a far away exotic place, and although I’d be lying to tell you that living here is very easy, It’s definitely a good place to live. Believe it or not, there’s a little bit of Korea in everyone. And, as much as possible, I’ll try not to insult your intelligence along the way. One of my tags that I like to use frequently is “unnecessary accommodation for foreigners”. A lot of times when otherwise well meaning Koreans come in contact with foreign people, they immediately go into accommodation mode, explaining everything that doesn’t need to be explained, teaching things that don’t need to be taught, complimenting things that don’t need to be complimented on, etc. I’ll explain things from time to time, but I’ll try to keep in mind that most likely, you know.
About The Seoul Searcher
That’s me, and no, you can’t know my real name, nor may you ever see a picture of me. Why? I want to keep my identity private so that all you stalker women will have no way to find me. Seriously though, it’s best that I don’t reveal exactly who I am or where I work, because then I’d have be extremely careful as to what I can and can’t write, as it may affect either myself or my company. I don’t really want to be restricted in this manner, so unfortunately for the ladies (especially the hot ones), you’ll never get the chance to gasp in awe of my dashing looks (unless you meet me personally somewhere.) However, I will give you a little biographical information just so you know where I am coming from:
I’m a man. Unfortunately for some, that means that everything I write will be from a male perspective. However, my index finger is longer than my ring finger, which some say is an indication that I have a female mind. I don’t totally agree, but most of my friends are girls, so maybe there is some truth to that.
I’m an American. Yes, I have a blue passport! That makes me an American. I grew up on the East Coast of the United States in a very multicultural area. (Lucky ME!) As such, I like baseball and don’t understand cricket, but strangely (strangely to most Americans, that is) I have grown to like soccer during my time abroad. In addition I speak
standard English English with an American accent.
I work for a Korean company. Which one? Well, for the same reason that I won’t reveal my name, I’m not going to reveal my company. Just let it be known that this company is super smart, because they hired me! In my job, I get to travel a lot! So this is why I can tell you about all the places I visit, and the experiences I have going to and coming from there.
I speak Korean. Yes, this matters a lot. I’ve read some other peoples’ blogs and message boards about being an expat in Korea and usually the ones who complain the most are those who don’t speak the local language. That doesn’t mean that those who do speak Korean never complain, and I do my fair share of that as well.
I’m Korean. Well, kinda. Like I said, I’m a U.S. citizen, but my father has his roots here in Korea. That makes me Korean by some definitions. It also kind of makes me Korean-American. But some Koreans and Korean Americans would suggest otherwise because my mom isn’t Korean. I grow tired of other people telling me what I am, but I’m used to it.
I’m kind of international.
I grew up in the U.S., lived for three years in Japan, and have been living in Korea since 2006. I am trilingual in Korean, Japanese, and English. I have a passing understanding of basic Spanish as I studied it for 4 years in high school, but I’ve forgotten most of it. You could probably pick me up and drop me in any country and I’d be okay for the most part.
I’m SMART, HANDSOME, and also very MODEST! Actually that in itself is in the eye of the beholder, but I’d like to think that I have a decent sense of humor, so hopefully you readers can pick up on that so my jokes in writing actually make sense.