Install Theme

Your web-browser is very outdated, and as such, this website may not display properly. Please consider upgrading to a modern, faster and more secure browser. Click here to do so.

EnSeoulMent

Teaching. Korean Pop Culture. Sarcasm. Delusions. Ramblings.
Sep 21 '14

fats:

strangeasanjles:

speak on it

perfect.

(Source: mtvother)

Sep 21 '14
Sep 21 '14

Uploading two photos of the delicious 삼겹살 I had with lovely friends in order to distract myself from my impending break up with Ramen.

Haha~

Sep 20 '14

There were two deaf men in this coffee shop having a very heated conversation. At some point, one of the men’s watch started beeping, and at first everyone else in the shop ignored it, but soon the awkward glances at each other started. I finally caught the attention of the man facing me, who happened to be the owner of the beeping watch, with a wave and then pointed to my wrist to signify “watch”. He nodded, turned off his watch, and then smiled and signed at me what I’m guessing (?) is Korean sign language for “thank you”.

I don’t know why I’m feeling off about the whole thing… Was it obnoxious or out of line for me to do what I did? Blegh.

Sep 20 '14
operationfailure:

UPDATE FROM MAGGIE!!
Her message is as follows:

This is my twin sister. In Korea, her name was Koh, Yoen Ok. Her birthdate is also April 16,1980. She also was sent to Ilmagwon orphanage. She was also adopted through David Livingstone Missionary Foundation (now Eastern Child Welfare Society) in Korea, at the age of 5. Right now, I have a new friend reaching out to Eastern Child Welfare to hopefully find out more!! In the meantime—She could be anywhere in this world. Ask around. Contact me: shortymk@yahoo.com . I also wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. What a great opportunity I have had, to chat with people from all around the globe! I pray for all of us looking for our families and our histories. I am keeping the faith! Thank you, Daniel Hyung Joon Kim, for all of your help! Share and like! I know a lot of people wanted to see updates! 

Thanks everyone for all the help, we still need to keep looking, spread the word!

operationfailure:

UPDATE FROM MAGGIE!!

Her message is as follows:

This is my twin sister. In Korea, her name was Koh, Yoen Ok. Her birthdate is also April 16,1980. She also was sent to Ilmagwon orphanage. She was also adopted through David Livingstone Missionary Foundation (now Eastern Child Welfare Society) in Korea, at the age of 5. Right now, I have a new friend reaching out to Eastern Child Welfare to hopefully find out more!! In the meantime—She could be anywhere in this world. Ask around. Contact me: shortymk@yahoo.com . I also wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. What a great opportunity I have had, to chat with people from all around the globe! I pray for all of us looking for our families and our histories. I am keeping the faith! Thank you, Daniel Hyung Joon Kim, for all of your help! Share and like! I know a lot of people wanted to see updates!

Thanks everyone for all the help, we still need to keep looking, spread the word!

Sep 20 '14
"

Early in my freshman year, my dad asked me if there were lots of Latinos at school. I wanted to say, “Pa, I’m one of the only Latinos in most of my classes. The other brown faces I see mostly are the landscapers’. I think of you when I see them sweating in the morning sun. I remember you were a landscaper when you first came to Illinois in the 1950s. And look, Pa! Now I’m in college!”

But I didn’t.

I just said, “No, Pa. There’s a few Latinos, mostly Puerto Rican, few Mexicans. But all the landscapers are Mexican.”

My dad responded, “¡Salúdelos, m’ijo!”

So when I walked by the Mexican men landscaping each morning, I said, “Buenos días.”

Recently, I realized what my dad really meant. I remembered learning the Mexican, or Latin American, tradition of greeting people when one enters a room. In my Mexican family, my parents taught me to be “bien educado” by greeting people who were in a room already when I entered. The tradition puts the responsibility of the person who arrives to greet those already there. If I didn’t follow the rule as a kid, my parents admonished me with a back handed slap on my back and the not-so-subtle hint: “¡Saluda!”

I caught myself tapping my 8-year-old son’s back the other day when he didn’t greet one of our friends: “Adrian! ¡Saluda!”

However, many of my white colleagues over the years followed a different tradition of ignorance. “Maleducados,” ol’ school Mexican grandmothers would call them.

But this Mexican tradition is not about the greeting—it’s about the acknowledgment. Greeting people when you enter a room is about acknowledging other people’s presence and showing them that you don’t consider yourself superior to them.

When I thought back to the conversation between my dad and me in 1990, I realized that my dad was not ordering me to greet the Mexican landscapers with a “Good morning.”

Instead, my father wanted me to acknowledge them, to always acknowledge people who work with their hands like he had done as a farm worker, a landscaper, a mechanic. My father with a 3rd grade education wanted me to work with my mind but never wanted me to think myself superior because I earned a college degree and others didn’t.

"
Sep 20 '14
"Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books? Where are the future white personnel managers going to get their ideas of people of color? Where are the future white loan officers and future white politicians going to get their knowledge of people of color? Where are black children going to get a sense of who they are and what they can be?

And what are the books that are being published about blacks? Joe Morton, the actor who starred in “The Brother From Another Planet,” has said that all but a few motion pictures being made about blacks are about blacks as victims. In them, we are always struggling to overcome either slavery or racism. Book publishing is little better. Black history is usually depicted as folklore about slavery, and then a fast-forward to the civil rights movement. Then I’m told that black children, and boys in particular, don’t read. Small wonder.

There is work to be done."
Sep 20 '14

raprelated:

In the fashion world “urban” is code for “stolen from black people”.

Sep 20 '14
"Here’s the dirty little secret about this though: there is no such thing as withholding sex because there is no situation in which you owe another human being sex. Ever. Your body is 100% your own and you get to consent or not consent to other people doing things to or with your body for whatever the hell reason you would like. This includes because you’re pissed off at the person, because they did something you didn’t like, because you just don’t fucking feel like it, because you’re tired, because you don’t feel attractive, because you’d rather read a book…any of the above. And not wanting to have sex with someone because you have negative feelings towards them at a given moment is not in fact punishment. It’s actually a very natural human feeling not to want to be physically intimate with someone when you’re annoyed/angry/hurt/sad with them. Oddly enough letting someone be close to your body when you don’t feel emotionally close to them doesn’t always feel great (if that’s your thing then go for it, but for those who don’t like it then there is no fucking reason to apologize).

But the idea that you can pull some sort of power play in a relationship by not giving the other person something which you don’t owe to them in the first place makes no sense. It would be like telling your partner that you’re going to punish them by not baking them chocolate chip cookies every day: sure, maybe they would like those cookies but in no way are you obligated to bake them cookies anyway, so they should probably be just fine getting along without it. The idea that you should feel as if the only way you can express that you’re angry or upset or unhappy in your relationship is by taking ownership over your body in a way that is so basic it should never have been a question is somewhat disgusting. If your partner has you so convinced that you owe them sex, no wonder you feel a little angry or vindictive towards them."
Sep 19 '14