Category: 2012 (Pilot Project)

Recycling in Korea

While growing up in Canada, I was encouraged and taught to recycle by guest speakers from environmental and government organizations. Recycling was so strongly emphasized during my youth education that even today, as a young adult, I am reluctant to dispose an empty can of pop into a […]

Authentic Korean Eats on the Rock

Kwon Ji Sook – J Korean owner and self-proclaimed honorary Newfoundlander – pays attention to the little things: perfectly folded napkins that rest below finely polished metal chopsticks, a decor that’s traditional yet modern, classical music rhythmically filling the delicious-smelling air. Kwon Ji Sook (Julia Kwon) opened J […]

8,000 Kms apart (Pt. 2)

(All the graphs and statistical/empirical studies presented below are taken from Alexandre Gauthier & Katie Meredith, “Canadian Trade and Investment Activity: Canada-South Korea”, (Ottawa: Library of Parliament Research Publication, August 15, 2011), online: <http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2011-14-e.htm&gt;). As a reminder, I ended my last blog with discussion of Korea-Canada trade in goods. We […]

Knowing your Roots

I arrived in Canada in 1976, greeted by my Canadian family, composed of my mother, a homemaker, and my father, a mechanical engineer, both in their late-20s, and my two brothers, who were four and eight at the time. I, along with a handful of other Korean babies […]

Top 5 coréen au Québec

            Cette semaine, j’ai demandé à plusieurs personnes qui demeurent au Québec ce qu’elles connaissaient de la culture coréenne. Au total plus de 100 personnes ont répondu à cette question, la plupart à travers mes médias sociaux, le reste à travers des connaissances et […]

The Hallyu Wave Part 1: Why?

Being born, raised and currently living my teenage years here in Canada has given me the opportunity to diversify my interests. A common interest myself and many of my friends have is Kpop, to be more general, the Hallyu Wave, also referred to as the Korean Wave. When I first […]

A Welcome Patch

Outside of my English-speaking circle of friends, through a cluster of Indian and Pakistani merchants, over a bridge, and due north, can be found a patch of Korean shops and services known in Metro Vancouver as “Koreatown”. It stretches down both sides of North Road, hemmed in by […]

Your Journey to Korea begins at ICN

Your passenger flight finally arrives in Korea. After reaching upwards into the flight cabinet to grab your carry-on luggage, you are ready to disembark the aircraft. While passing through the sky bridge, one can see dozens of other aircraft from various worldwide corporations parked at nearby exit gates. […]

Being Zen

The story of how I quite literally stumbled upon the Hwa Gye Sa temple and International Zen Centre is cliche. It’s so cliche that I almost didn’t share it with you. But then I remembered the happiness and joy that resulted from my visits, so here goes. If […]

Canadians in KPOP

It’s not exactly unusual to see at least one English speaking member of a KPOP group—in fact, I have a hard time naming more than two or three without one. To Korean companies, it seems like the USA is a goldmine of Asian-American talent. It’s easy to see […]