Ep. 5 – Wesley Chang on photography, design, and multiculturalism

Wesley is a native of Guatemala, and lives in Seoul as a filmmaker and photographer. He studied Visual Communication Design in Hongik University and does various freelance creative projects in addition to his 9 to 5 as an image creator and design specialist. In this episode we talk about the Spanish speaking community here, what it’s like working in a Korean office space, and go deep into Korean design and what it takes to be a photographer here.

If you’d like to connect with Wesley you can find him on Instagram @wesleychangphoto, his website www.weschangphoto.com, or email him at wesleychangphoto@gmail.com

 

Show Notes


00:45   on the Guatemalan / Spanish speaking community in Seoul

 

01:30   Korean community in Guatemala

 

03:41   on multiculturalism in Guatemala

 

06:50   Korean wave in Latin America

 

07:50   on coming to Seoul for the first time

 

10:09   on safety in Korea vs. Guatemala

 

11:08   on being a Westerner from Latin America

 

11:54   traveling in Asia

 

12:30   on discrimination in South Korea

 

15:50   what it was like studying at Hongik University

 

18:09   on making friends in Korea

 

20:00   more on Hong-dae

 

22:57   finding a job in South Korea

 

25:08   adapting to Korean work culture

 

26:35   on professional opportunities for Spanish speakers

 

27:59   on connecting with Spanish speakers at Mike’s Cabin

 

29:28   on Guatemalan food // Korean food in Guatemala City

 

30:39   what the design field is like in South Korea

 

33:52   what happens if you’re not cute

 

34:00   Korea’s underground music scene // Love X Stereo

 

35:00   on the photography scene in Seoul // street fashion photography

 

39:33   a photography career in Seoul

 

41:33   favorite place to take photos in Seoul

 

42:35   what Guatemalan cultural export would work in South Korea?

 

43:07   least favorite thing about living in Seoul