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’interprĂ©tation thĂ©Ăątrale? Une comĂ©die musicale vous l’aurez devinĂ©. Mais avez-vous dĂ©jĂ  assistĂ© Ă  un spectacle qui, en plus de rĂ©unir tous ces aspects, fait participer le spectateur et Ă©tale les beautĂ©s de la […]

Desperately seeking hangul baby names

In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet asks Romeo, “What’s in a name?”. She then answers her own question with “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, referring to the fact that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the name […]


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 […]