Ep. 4 – Masha Roslyakova on Russo-Korean relations, challenges for non-native English speakers in Korea, and Moscow’s interests in Northeast Asia

A native of Moscow, Masha Roslyakova has a lot to say on the Russian community in Seoul. In this podcast we talk about Russia’s role in Northeast Asia, human trafficking in Korea, the difficulties she’s encountered as a non-native English speaker, and why Moscow does not want reunification. Masha is a KGSP Scholar pursuing her MA in Korean Studies at Korea University.

Show Notes

00:30   on studying at Korea University

01:15   anti-Americanism in South Korea

03:00   growing up in Moscow, Russia

03:30   Ethnic Koreas in Russia, Forced Relocation

06:13   why study Korean studies?

08:00   on working as a Korean translator

08:49   what do Russians think of North Korea and South Korea?

10:25   on Russia’s unique compassion for North Korea

12:50   why it’s difficult to live in Korea as a non-native English speaking foreigner

15:00   difficulties studying at Seoul National University

15:45   the downside to speaking Korean well

17:15   the Russian speaking community in Seoul

19:00   Russian prostitutes in South Korea

19:45   running away from a Russian brothel

24:00   Seoul and Moscow relations

25:56   difference between Americans and Europeans living in Korea

27:29   how do Koreans react to a Russian?

28:20   Seoul and Moscow relations through history

29:56   a particularly offensive move by the South Korean government

30:47   on learning Korean in Russia

34:30   Russia – North Korea relations // why Russia doesn’t want Korean unification

38:28   the most surprising thing about living in Korea

38:43   job prospects for Korean Studies majors

40:28   Hallyu in Russia

40:52   KGSP scholarship details

47:45   why you have to speak English in South Korea

48:43   why Korea is worth coming to

49:27   what Masha misses most about Russia

49:53   most difficult part about living in South Korea

50:42   what academic department would you create at Korea University // Russian stereotypes

51:52   Russian stereotypes about Americans

52:27   Korean instant noodles in Russia

53:23   what Russian expression do you wish there was a Korean equivalent for

54:02   Russian food in Seoul

54:38   what the Russian community is really like in South Korea

55:26   how South Korea could improve the welfare of non-English speaking foreigners

56:54   the future of Moscow Seoul relations

People, Places, Things Mentioned on the Show

2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade



Busan Russian Town

Coffee in Korea

Dosirak Russian instant noodles


Hallyu (Korean Wave)

Halyava (Халява)

Higher School of Economics

Human trafficking in South Korea

Human trafficking post-Soviet Union

KGSP scholarship

Kim Dae Jung

Kim Gojong’s refuge at the Russian legislation (아관파천)

Kim Jong Il (born Yuri Irsenovich Kim)

Kim Jong Nam

Kim Yuna



Korean lunchbox (도시락)

Korean seaweed snacks

Lee Seung Chul

Makgeolli (막걸리)

Mongol Empire

Moscow State University

Neoguri ramen (너구리)

Nonsan Strawberries

North Korean dialect

North Korean Labor Exports

Pyeongchang Olympics 2018

Rason Special Economic Zone

Recycling system in South Korea

Representatives of Korea at the coronation of Nicholas II

Russian airlines

Seoul Global Center

Shin ramyeon

Siberian regionalism

Six Party Talks


TOPIK exam

Viktor Ahn