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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[…]

Ep. 8 – Tiffany Needham on running a brewery, the Korean craft brew scene, and community building

Tiffany Needham is a co-owner of Magpie Brewing Co, a local craft brewing company in South Korea. From their company bio: Magpie Brewing Co. is committed to creating the best craft beers possible and growing the culture of craft beer in Korea. We work hard to balance traditional beer styles with innovative recipes and flavors. Magpie can Read more about Ep. 8 – Tiffany Needham on running a brewery, the Korean craft brew scene, and community building[…]

Ep. 7 – John Lee on running a convenience store, what it means to be ‘Korean Korean’, and cutting taxes

John Lee is a former gyopo who was born and raised in Brunei and spent his college years in the United States. He is a small business owner who runs his own convenience store. When he has time, he is also a freelance columnist and a blogger. You can follow his columns at NK News Read more about Ep. 7 – John Lee on running a convenience store, what it means to be ‘Korean Korean’, and cutting taxes[…]

Ep. 6 – Robert Hamilton on “living while Black” and sex (studies) in Korea

Robert Hamilton is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Seoul National University. Robert’s research focuses on geographies of sexualities, transnational sexuality, queer theory, and male prostitution. He has lived in Korea for nearly twenty years. He is also an African American, and we explore what that means in Korea, how that has evolved over time, Read more about Ep. 6 – Robert Hamilton on “living while Black” and sex (studies) in Korea[…]

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 Read more about Ep. 5 – Wesley Chang on photography, design, and multiculturalism[…]

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

Ep. 3 – Peter Ward on North Korea, South Korean Society, and Learning Korean

Peter Ward is an aspiring scholar of North Korean studies. He is Andrei Lankov’s research assistant, a masters student at Seoul National University, a researcher at the Asan Policy Institute, a writer at NKNews, and also an Englishman. His twitter handle is @rpcward89 Show Notes 1:19     on language learning in the UK 4:37    Read more about Ep. 3 – Peter Ward on North Korea, South Korean Society, and Learning Korean[…]

Ep. 2 – Manuel Azuaje-Alamo on Japan and Korea differences, East Asian literature, and language learning

Manuel Azuaje-Alamo is  a PhD. candidate at Harvard University. After studying at Shizuoka University (Japan), he obtained his BA from the University of Alberta (East Asian Studies Major, Comparative Literature Minor), and later was a visiting researcher at the University of Waseda (Japan). He also obtained a Masters degree from, and began a PhD. program Read more about Ep. 2 – Manuel Azuaje-Alamo on Japan and Korea differences, East Asian literature, and language learning[…]