Trust the Journey

“Since very young age, Eunjung has been very independent. And she always delivered excellent results.” In the word of my father on my wedding day, yes, I have always been very independent ever since I can remember. My move to the  United States at 15 years of age, without my parents, no doubt propelled me…

Jew-Asian Wedding, Broken Down

I attended a beautiful Jew-Asian wedding a few weeks ago which really got me thinking about what my own Jew-Asian wedding could be. I have been to a number of weddings between Asian couples, Jewish couples, and even a Jewish-Muslim couple, but actually have never been to a Jew-Asian wedding!   The rehearsal dinner the…

Lost in the River

Walking along the Gallatin River in Montana, I was looking for some good water to fish in with Nick the guide. It was a sunny day out, and the other side of the river was lined with a jagged and tall stone wall with evergreens on top. “Oooh, someone left a fly box here” On…

Wedding Colors

Koreans are known to wear a lot of black and I used to be one of them. I still love black, don’t get me wrong, but I appreciate colors a lot more than before- that is, before I moved to Africa for work. Liberia is a country in West Africa, hot year-round with rainy and…

Something about Pork

When my friend first told me about a Cuban pig roast, I immediately thought of pulled pork. “No, it’s a whole pig that gets roasted.” he said. Oh interesting. It really wasn’t far off from the Cuban pig roast as featured in GQ. A whole pig goes into a wooden box which has “La Caja China”…

Knish vs. Ho Ppang

“Have you had Knish before?” I had never heard of knish. What is knish? It doesn’t even sound like real food. The natural go-to place for this knish in New York City was Zabar’s, Aaron’s favorite place in the whole world. Apparently it did not used to be this way. Knish was sold on the…

Judging Myself As a Woman

As a woman in the modern age, I am often times the harshest judge of myself. And I am sure many women out there also feels this way. I grew up with a Korean grandmother who stayed home to raise her only daughter. She was a talented sculptor, but after my mother was born, she…

Becoming Nicole… and becoming whatever else

One day during lunch time at work, I was bored, and restless, and felt quiet disconnected from the office. I walked into Barnes and Nobles in midtown and picked up “Becoming Nicole.” Becoming Nicole depicts a family where one of the two identical twins decides he is a girl, not a boy. The rest is…

That time I got Malaria, and got it bad

I had high fevers and the shiver. And I was sure I had the flu. I had flown in after completing one-year assignment in Liberia, and was home with my parents in Seoul, Korea. It was a bitterly cold winter in Seoul, which was at least 60 degrees colder than tropical Liberia. I stayed under…

Gefilte Fish, Warm Please!

I grew up attending many after school programs in Korea, which kept me out and about until midnight pretty frequently. Korean education system is unreasonably competitive, and most everyone takes after school programs to get ahead of whatever you are learning in school. It is silly. When I was in 5th grade, I was in…

Terms of Art: A Korean Woman with a Jewish Guy

Any tight group and community have some prejudice against the “outsiders” or those who are different from them. It happens at work, it happens in politics, it happens for Jews and Koreans. Shiksa refers to a non-Jewish woman who has attracted, is in a relationship with, and married to a Jewish man. It also refers…