2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

On July 6, 2011, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elected PyeongChang, Republic of Korea  as the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was announced during the 123rd Session of the IOC General Assembly in Durban, South Africa, where the City of PyeongChang won by  63 votes, […]

The basics

In the Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sang “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”. I think a very good place to start is to first define Korean cuisine. What is Korean cuisine? The most common associations with Korean food include kimchi, bulgogi […]

What’s your blood type?

When you read IMDb-style or blog profiles of Korean celebrities, you may notice a random section called “Blood type” along with “Favourite food” and “What’s on my iTunes”.  This isn’t a case of an overly cautious individual scoping out for a kind soul for a blood transfusion in the event […]

Book Review: The Geography of Thought

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently … and Why By Richard E. Nisbett 288 pages, Free Press, 2004 ISBN: 978-0743255356 Reviewed by Glen Choi Korea-Canada 50th Anniversary Blog Imagine you are the manager of a company and have to make a decision about an […]

Le Broadway coréen

Qu’est-ce qui combine la fougue du cirque, la richesse musicale d’un concert et la fascination l’interprétation théâtrale? Une comédie musicale vous l’aurez deviné. Mais avez-vous déjà assisté à un spectacle qui, en plus de réunir tous ces aspects, fait participer le spectateur et étale les beautés de la […]


Ahhh yes, a typical sight on the streets of Seoul. Clusters of customers gathering around food vendors day and night. It’s truly one of the most wonderful cultural aspects of the city. Today we gather around the mixed skewer. Some of Korea’s most beloved and traditional street foods […]

Mandu Quick & Easy!

When we lived in Korea, our family (My mother in law, father in law, sister in law, husband and I) would spend an afternoon, a couple of times a year, to make homemade mandu (dumplings), and oh they were good.  We would usually end up making about a […]

Kick Start 2013 (Literally)

With a brand-spanking new year comes some rather recycled goals and resolutions: some want to become more productive, others more positive but the majority of the Western world wants to get fit, lose weight or at least work off the chocolate that was consumed over the holidays. Whatever […]