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: <;). 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 […]

What does the national flag mean to you?

With pleasant cheers of encouragement, the audience breaks into rapturous applause as the athletes grandly enter the stadium. Each player has different appearance, different personality, and different background, but they have one thing in common: a small flag on their chest. 

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 […]

Sushi Koreans

I moved back to Winnipeg, MB from living in Seoul and was missing Korea! I went out in search of delicious Korean food locally and instantly started drooling at the idea of kimchi jiggae, dol-sot bi-bim-bap and sam gyup sal! Mashessayo! But what I found was that in […]