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A Korean Aussie adoptee goes back home for the first time. Hilarity ensues?

Fitting in and standing out

It’s like I never left. My brain has clicked back into place where I etched a rough guide on how to move around in Korea and what to expect. There … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Hweshik

Before I came to Korea, many people told me about the infamous Korean hweshik. Put simply, it’s a staff dinner. But hweshiks are infamous for drunken antics as your coworkers … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

An Update

As part of Catapult’s essay series on adoption, I wrote about bizarre, hilarious weekend away I took with Umma’s side of the family when I was still living in Korea: … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reverse culture shock and finding home

I’m back home. Back in the country where I have an intimate knowledge of 90s children TV shows, have a Menulog account and can speak my first language – Australia. … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Majimak – the Last Week in Korea

Korea spontaneously called a public holiday on the day I went on a long, boring train ride from Seoul to Busan. It was the 70th anniversary of independence from Japan. … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Things I did on my last visit to Seoul

There’s something about Seoul that makes me feel alive – there’s just so much going on around you at any given time. Sometimes too much. Apart from getting a tattoo … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exploring Dora: The DMZ

Before I left Australia last year, I binge-read and watched documentaries on North Korea. I’d heard that some websites about North Korea are censored on South Korean internet so I … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

What does your tattoo mean?: The Turtle Ship

I left my apartment in Jeonju for the last time and booked myself into the adoptee guesthouse in Seoul. I’ve got a flight to Japan in a few weeks. It … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wham, Bam, Now You’re a Ma’am: Going to a Korean wedding

I didn’t think I’d be invited to my sister’s wedding. With all the tension between my family and her fiance’s, I didn’t think they’d want to tell them that my … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Conversations with Umma

Umma has a funny knack of knowing about places I want to go in Korea without me even mentioning it. I’d wanted to go to the Boseong Tea Fields ever … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment