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Ep. 18 – Nell Fox on Burlesque and the Art of Seduction

Nell Fox is the leader of Seoul’s first-ever burlesque team, WhiteLies BurlesqueRevue. Nell has been in Korea nearly a decade and performing for over six years. We take a deep dive on what burlesque is, the difference between subject and object, sexism and lookism in Korea, expression, and experiences navigating a sexually conservative society. You Read more about Ep. 18 – Nell Fox on Burlesque and the Art of Seduction[…]

Ep. 17 – Susan Sell-Haynes on Athletic Achievement, Sports, and Leadership

Susan Sell-Haynes is the Director of Sport at Seoul Foreign School, an institution many regard as Korea’s best primary and secondary school. She has lived in Korea for over eight years, spending most of that time working in athletics. As anyone familiar with the education system here in Korea can attest, sports and other extracurriculars Read more about Ep. 17 – Susan Sell-Haynes on Athletic Achievement, Sports, and Leadership[…]

Ep. 16 – Elise Hu on Journalism, Gender Equality, and Pyeongchang 2018

Elise Hu is the Seoul Bureau Chief and Asia correspondent for NPR, an American broadcast and digital network that reaches 1,000 affiliate stations across the United States. Her coverage area includes both Koreas, Japan and she pitches in on stories across the Asian region. Previously, she covered the intersection of technology and culture for the Read more about Ep. 16 – Elise Hu on Journalism, Gender Equality, and Pyeongchang 2018[…]

Ep. 15 – Alek Sigley on North Korea Tourism, Literature, and Beach Parties

Alek Sigley is a founding partner of Tongil Tours, an Australia-based organization specializing in educational tourism to North Korea founded while he was a student at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific. He is a regular traveler to the DPRK, and has lived in China, Japan, and South Korea, near-fluent in Read more about Ep. 15 – Alek Sigley on North Korea Tourism, Literature, and Beach Parties[…]

Ep. 13 – Daniel Tudor on North Korea, South Korean Beer, and Korean Society

Daniel Tudor is the former Korea Correspondent for the Economist and co-author or author of North Korea Confidential, Korea: The Impossible Country, and Geek in Korea. Daniel is also the co-founder of the Booth Brewing Company, a business endeavor made towards correcting the imbalance of taste between North and South Korean beer. He is a Read more about Ep. 13 – Daniel Tudor on North Korea, South Korean Beer, and Korean Society[…]

Ep. 12 – Christopher Maslon on bodybuilding and self-determination

Christopher Maslon is a professor at Daejeon Health Sciences College and competitive bodybuilder. While not exactly a Settler of Seoul, Chris has lived in Korea for the better part of fifteen years and has experienced what he would call a complete transformation over that time. It was in Korea that he first starting lifting and Read more about Ep. 12 – Christopher Maslon on bodybuilding and self-determination[…]

Ep. 11 – Dmitriy Dyomin on Computer Engineering, Gaming, and the USSR

Dmitriy Dyomin is a computer engineer working in the gaming industry here in Korea. Dimitri was born in the former Soviet Union in what is now Turkmenistan. He was literally a Russian hacker before it was cool, working for the Turkmen government, and eventually made his way to South Korea some ten years ago. We Read more about Ep. 11 – Dmitriy Dyomin on Computer Engineering, Gaming, and the USSR[…]

Ep. 10 – Alexine Sanchez on Korea’s Impact in the Philippines, Foreign Policy, and Mangoes

Alexine Sanchez is a recent graduate at Korea University GSIS (MA) and has previously worked at the Korean Embassy in the Philippines. Born and raised in Manila, she had been introduced to K-pop at 12 years old when the Korean Wave was only starting its international reach in Asia. Alexine was a pioneer in the Read more about Ep. 10 – Alexine Sanchez on Korea’s Impact in the Philippines, Foreign Policy, and Mangoes[…]

Ep. 9 – Joie Reinstein on Korean fashion, creativity, and Hallyu 2.0

Joie Reinstein is a trend forecaster that has lived and worked on 3 different continents. Specializing in fashion, beauty and lifestyle, she consults and writes for international agencies. After seeing a 2pm music video 7 years ago, she made Korean fashion and culture the main focus of her research and eventually decided to move to Read more about Ep. 9 – Joie Reinstein on Korean fashion, creativity, and Hallyu 2.0[…]