Reflections from the Korean Demilitarized Zone

In the past year, North Korea has been the subject of media attention, both because of nuclear weapon development and opening channels of communication with South Korea and the United States. These two ideas of North Korea were in my mind when I moved to Seoul with the class of 2021 in September. I was interested to learn more about the conflict and differences between the two countries, so I jumped at the opportunity to visit the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates them.... Read More

Sunshines Series 1: SF vs Seoul

Despite San Francisco's homelessness, the inequality, the dystopian economy, I still fell head over heels in love with the enchanting soft yellow glow of the city every late afternoon. And as gentle as the city and the people of Seoul itself, the afternoon sunlight in Seoul brought a flow of honey-sweetness creeping throughout the city, caressing everything in its calming embrace.... Read More

Places to Visit: Real Seoul

You are ready to become a real local and feel comfortable calling Seoul your home. Unfortunately, the elusive places that only locals know are hard to just search up, and I'm not about to name my favorite hidden spots. In fact, I find it a bit paradoxical. Those pockets that only the locals know are special because they know the area so well and stumbled upon it themselves. Being a local is not something you can shortcut.... Read More