Hyunsu Kim (The only goth in Korea) is back for this episode, as we look to her expert opinion on a recent clash that has developed between two websites that are at odds with each other on gender issues. This particular spat might be unknown to our listeners who don’t use the internet in Korean but you can take a quantum of solace in the fact that Hyunsu is here to explain it to us all.
Shoutout to Kaomi Goetz, who is running the Adapted podcast, focusing on Korean international adoptees who have returned to live in Korea. It’s a pretty sweet podcast that people interested in adoptee issues would really love, interviewing a large variety of people. Check them out here.
<— Rob mentioned he liked this song, so we added a video of it.
Ask Rob & Eugene – @albanypeacenik on twitter asks us why Korean people walk backwards for exercise
A woman was fired from her job for wearing this shirt, made by Megalia
On the Pulse
There are lots of places on the internet where gender-related discussions blow up into long and bitter internet fights. Some of those conversations are good-faith attempts at understanding. Others are trolls going at it for the sheer lulz. In On The Pulse, recent guest Hyunsu (the only goth in Korea) talks about Megalia, a feminist response to sexism originating in Ilbe, sometimes called Korea’s 4Chan. How did these groups come to be? Do they deserve each other? Are they advancing a social goal, or just fixing for a fight? We discuss this and more on On The Pulse.
Oh lookie! Eugene made a meme out of a meme he made out of a meme he made. RIP Gene Wilder
Ever felt like a kid in a chocolate factory? Things are pretty awesome at first but then you see what happens when you lose sight of what’s important. So then you go home and things are great at first but you feel out of place because nobody else has been living in a chocolate factory like you. So you return and it’s just.. not… the same… Is reverse reverse culture shock a thing? I suppose it’s possible that one could be dealing with a veritable roulette table of emotions. But in the casino royale of globalism, it’s quite possible that there’s a class of people that just don’t really feel comfortable in either country A or country B… and that is why we have invited former longtime expat Joe Mondello to this episode. Joe lived in Korea for most of the ’00s and early ’10s. He’s since returned to the US, but is back here for a short visit.
Who doesn’t? If you went to high school in the West in the 90s, if films like The Crow, or bands like The Cure moved your deepest heart, you might have a little Goth in you. Though Bela Lugosi is still dead, you get to die another day, and today, you can meet Hyunsu, a university student who is “The Only Goth in Korea.”
Is she really the only goth in Korea? Is it easy to find black nail polish in Seoul? And how do the fantasy works of Rick Riordan fit into the picture? Click “play” and find out!
Maybe you’ve been looking around on Facebook and seen the ads for the company called “Ask Ajumma.” What is Ask Ajumma? Or better yet, WHO is Ask Ajumma? Café Seoul leaves no stone unturned in our quest to find out one of the biggest mysteries of expat life…. (Okay, we actually just Asked Ajumma). Ask Ajumma is in fact an actual person, Maria Lee.
All about Maria Lee and the Ask Ajumma Concierge Service. In a nutshell, the service helps those with language or cultural barriers or those who just don’t want to deal with ordering or finding things. It will find anything you want and find a way to deliver it to you. They go above and beyond to get you what you want, even if you’re the type of person for whom the world is not enough. Try them out. You won’t be disappointed.
Eugene and Rob finally break the sausage party habit for good… with our third straight female guest. Never mind that it’s Eugene’s mom on the show. Eugene’s stepfather is also there to discuss what it is like to have a loved one move away to Korea long term.
On the Pulse
Eugene’s Mom and Pop discuss what it’s like to have a loved one gone long term in a foreign country. For many of us expats, we say we are going away temporarily and that we’ll be back eventually. Oh sure, I’ll be back tomorrow! So how do the folks back home feel when tomorrow never dies? We discuss with Eugene’s mom and stepfather how things are back home without Eugene, and how everyone involved has been coping.
Special Thanks to Jen Lee for illustrating this awesome title card for this episode!
How can we get the most awesome guests on our show. There’s this one webcomic artist that I’ve had my goldeneye on for the longest time, but she lives in Gwangju and that’s really far. It would be really cool if we could get her in on Café Seoul.
Well it turns out that in order to get Jen Lee, the creator of Dear Korea on our podcast, she had to write a book and host an event to promote said book in Seoul, and we were able to snag her with an unconventional Sunday morning recording in our not usual spot. She bought us croissants and as you can tell from the picture, she was unable to match Eugene’s mad defensive skills as he blocked shot after shot into Rob’s coffee cup! Just kidding! It’s such an honor to be Dear Koreafied! Thanks Jen!
Ask Rob & Eugene: What is the best way to be critical of Korea without being insulting?
On the Pulse
We discuss the Dear Korea webcomic and book with creator Jen Lee. The discussion goes from how she got started, to what her motivations are, why she wanted to make a book, how some of the reaction to the book has been, plans for the future and the like. We were very honored to have her on the show. We’re true fanboys!
When you come to Korea to find yourself… is it actually possible that you weren’t looking in the right way, for the right thing?
This episode is the second appearance of Sharon Heit, who we last saw in episode 3 of this season. She’s got her newly minted yoga instructor’s license, to kill her students by putting them in difficult yoga positions. Just kidding, she wouldn’t be killing them. Sharon was a pleasure to have in this episode and it’s kind of sad that she’s actually leaving Korea.
As we mentioned before Sharon was soon to leave Korea, and we wanted to discuss what she’s learned from her time in Korea. Now a lot of times when you ask an expat what they have learned from their time in another culture, they will give you their assessment of the country as succinctly as possible, but this discussion is different, because Sharon explains how her time in Korea has taught her more about herself, and helped her grow. I don’t think we need to say it again, but I will anyway. We are so going to miss Sharon. Man, is it getting dusty in here?
This episode also used a short segment from this song about earwax, and the Seoul subway song: