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Mostly Korean, but not quite

Seoul has been home to me for more than 15 years now, but strangely enough, I still don’t feel quite Korean. I spent most of my childhood playing on the sandy beaches of Papua New Guinea (welcome to emails if you want to know why) and grew up reading "The Baby-Sitters Club." So coming back to a country that has its roots in a strict, hierarchic Confucian culture was not easy.

Making the first adjustments, trying to understand why it is that Korea differed from the world that I lived in, was the beginning of how I have come to look at my country now. As I freelanced for the foreign media while I was in university, I started to understand what it is that clicks with people across the world: not stories that picture this place as a distant and unknown land, but those that show people care about the same things in life.

The stories that I want to tell are about people who go to work; who worry about their kids; who eat, drink and laugh; and who struggle to make ends meet. I hope these tales help those who have never been to this part of the world understand there is more to life in Korea than just nuclear talks and flashy gadgets.

Whether it be in Asia, Africa, America or any other part of the globe, people mostly think and care about similar things. All I want to do is add a little Korean spice to the stories that come my way.

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/south-korea/090110/mostly-korean-not-quite