Founding Editors of The Three Wise Monkeys:
scott liam soper
john m. rodgers
This week: Am I Korean...American...Korean-American?
…After 30 years of being away from Korea, I returned last summer. A year and a half of planning, preparation and execution coalesced into my return to a culture I’d been born into but knew little beyond what news headlines and friends reported. A Wednesday evening mid-August marked this return; the arrivals hall at the airport swarmed with a mix of Koreans and foreigners. I blended in, but with who? Was I Korean? American? Korean-American?
…I wanted a place to call home…(I was on) a personal path toward seeing Korea as an adopted Korean. I arrived in Korea to teach English, hoping to feel at home, but realizing it isn’t about where you are born, where you grew-up, who your biological family is, or even a place you’re connected to ethnically. Home is where those relationships exist – family, platonic and intimate, it’s that place that spreads a smile across your face as you daydream thinking about it, that when you are far away from those connections, you look forward to the next time they’re within arm’s distance.