Welcome to Turning East

Taal Lake in Tagaytay

This website features recorded interviews which were edited to be read but also to retain the language of the individual storyteller, sometimes with a name change to protect privacy. The interviews begin in 1985 and continue into the present. Almost all are set in  China, Korea, Japan or the Philippines and center on personal, intercultural experience of life, work and travel. Occasionally I include a story of my own. I’ve now gone to posting once a month.

Readers who have visited this site before will notice the complete make-over it’s gotten under the direction of the website guy, Floyd Buenavente, an expert I’ve needed and searched for since I started this thing in 2009. I’m sure you agree that it’s much prettier with the new template. It is now possible to leave comments. Please do. Years ago I was flooded with spam comments and posts–over 800 in three days–and in a panic I turned those functions off. We now have security so the email sign-up and comment functions could be turned on again. Please sign up. (When I tried this, it took a couple of days for an email to pop into my inbox.) Please comment on posts.

Searching is now easier with the Google search function, which directs you to posts inside and outside the website. There’s also a gray banner with a click-on function for countries and an alphabetical tag function to click on, as well as suggestions at the end of posts. The index by topic page provides information about topics, countries, dates, and a brief description of the content of each post., There is also an archives column at the right. So, browse, please, browse.

Downloadable textbook–Bridges: Intercultural Conversation

Over ten of the years I was teaching at Dongguk University in Seoul, I wrote and used a two-semester textbook based on the Korea interviews in this site. (link) Each of the full-length chapters includes a reading selection on Korean and American interaction, exact definition of key terms, reading and discussion questions, listening tasks, grammar exercises/word study based on the reading selections and crossword puzzles using the vocabulary of the reading selections. Two additional chapters contain a reading selection for discussion or a writing assignment. PDF files of all eighteen chapters and a supplement are available on the textbook page so teachers can use them. Just don’t republish, please.

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5 thoughts on “Welcome to Turning East

  1. Isn’t it interesting how much alike people in small, farming villages are? I really enjoyed reading about Michelle’s experiences at the Chinese wedding. Some customs may seem different on the surface, but the reasons for them are as valid in any other village on the globe.

  2. This is FANTASTIC Carol! I love the picture at the top (where is it?) and your picture. Your friend did a wonderful job. Love the “feel” of the Website, the colors, everything is clean lines, etc., which is so important.

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