Friday, September 28, 2012

Thea


  Her eyes were fixated on the iridescent hue of the LCD screen in front of us.  It was another episode of “Little House on the Prairie” playing on a retro TV channel.  This would be the 4th time I’d seen this episode, and probably the millionth from her.  Her husband sat quietly, resting underneath a blanket in a recliner that had become more his than anyone else’s.  I sat on the opposite couch, laptop in hand working on some graphic designs while casually glancing at the LCD television to see which part of this episode it was that I’d remember now.  Her husband moved, and she glanced over at the noise. What a situation this had become.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pop 'til You Drop: K-pop and the Marketability of the American Dream




After having my passport pick-pocketed while traveling in Spain, I find myself unexpectedly back in South Korea—my homeland and country of citizenship—for the first time in two years. Having spent the majority of the past 6 years in New York, my point of reference for current news and cultural trends has shifted from being Korea-centric to religiously watching ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show.’ Consequently, it took a couple days to reorient myself with the political and social climate of Seoul