LGBT History Month: A Salute to Dan Choi

I recently found out that it is LGBT history month, which got me thinking about what this means to me as a Korean and as an adoptee. This year was the 20th year of Seoul’s gay pride march. And although I was not in attendance, I was in Korea during the 2nd annual Incheon Queer Culture Festival. Last year’s festival in Incheon did not go off without incident, and so it feels good to know that there is progress being made toward tolerance, even if it is slowly. The News Lens documented some of the progress in their February 2018 article. For those of you who don’t know, I am now the Website Coordinator for the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN). KAAN recently launched a blog and is working on content for its social media channels. I suggested that a post about LGBT history month could be of relevance to KAAN Members. But that’s all I had. My first thought...
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My Experience Learning Korean

This summer, I was a student in the Short-Term Korean Language Program at Ewha University. Although I learned a lot, the pace of having classes and field trips from about 9 am to 5 pm every day, combined with needing to do at least 10 hours of studying a night, was too much for me. The program was terrific, and I was able to read, write, and speak some Korean by the end of the class. However, I just was not ready to take the 5-hour final exam at the end. I don't consider this a failure, as I accomplished what I set out to do - learn more Korean than what I knew when I started. However, upon reflection, the one thing that would have been the most helpful for me while taking this class would have been to have flashcards made before the program began. I spent a large amount of my study time each evening, making flashcards instead of taking...
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Do you want me to translate that for you?

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at about 5 p.m., I was at Peepo's Subs & Shawarma at 10890 Beech Daly Rd, Taylor, MI 48180. I asked for chicken shawarma and rice. The employee told me that the only way that I could order that is if I ordered 'Peepo's Plate, a.k.a Peepo's Bowl, which their menu describes as 'Turmeric Rice topped with your choice of Africano Meat, Tomatoes, Lettuce & drizzled with our Homemade Ranch.' So, I ordered the 'Peepo's Plate' and asked for it with chicken shawarma instead of Africano Meat, tomatoes, no ranch, and add pickles and Fattoush dressing. When the meal came to the table, it had grilled onions, mushrooms, peppers, & cheese on the bowl. My friend Matt took the food up to the counter and explained that I could not eat it because I am allergic to the unexpected ingredients. The employee told him that the grilled onions, mushrooms, peppers, & cheese came with the bowl,...
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