Monthly Archives: May 2009

Martial Arts Demo

We asked some Korean friends if this performance seemed funny and awkward (because, honestly, it is hilarious), or reasonably normal.  Apparently this falls on the normal side here.  Most guys have this sort of training when they do army service, and showing it off isn’t that unusual.

I suspect that they wouldn’t find Star Wars Kid very funny, either.

Korean Rap

Last night I saw my buddy Lee perform at an outdoor festival at Ulsan University.  He’s the one in the fedora and sun glasses.

Something I never thought I’d eat with chop sticks:


This has nothing to do with Korea, but…

On Wednesday afternoon a student at Wesleyan University was shot and killed in the campus bookstore’s cafe, where she worked.  The police are now saying that it was an anti-Semitic hate crime, and plans were discovered for a campus-wide shooting spree.   The school’s administration has relocated all of the residents of the Bayit, Wesleyan’s Jewish program house.  The campus is slowly moving out of a lock down state, but the gunman has still not been caught.

I know that people die due to religiously-motivated violence all the time, but this one hits particularly close – Wesleyan was my home for four years, and the small community there is very closely knit.  I don’t have anything profound to say about this tragedy or what it means from a more global perspective.  I’m just sad, and asking, if you pray, that you throw one out there for Johana Justin-Jinich, her family, and the Wesleyan community.

Hartford Courant

New York Times

stereotypes based in reality

Today when asked to name an animal that starts with the letter ‘r’, many students answered with “robster.”  A food that begins in ‘r’?  Rollipop.