Index by Topic
The nearly 200 posts are categorized here into 1) books/writing, 2) music, 3) photos, 4) daily life, 5) politics, 6)health, 7) business, 8) education, 9) offering help, 10) religious/spiritual practice and 11) travel. To access a post, click on the title.
A Remarkable Journey with Light and Sound–April 2. 2017 (interview in 2017). Interview with Richie Quirino, author of The Amen Vibration.
A Memoirist of the Marcos Years. Part 1–December 31. 2016 (interview in 2016). A family’s activism against Marcos.
A Memoirist of the Marcos Years, Part 2–January 23, 2017 (interview in 2016) The author’s sharing her message with young Filipinos.
Launching “The Rise of the Pinoy”–July 7, 2016 (event in 2016). People featured in this motivational/self-help book speak about their projects.
A Filipino Graphic Novelist–June 22, 2016 (interview 2016). An author interview about the writer’s work and the comix scene in general.
The Workshops of Filipino Screenwriter Ricky Lee–February 28, 2016 (interview in 2015). A much celebrated screenwriter and influential teacher on the free workshops he offers in his home and out in the field.
Corregidor at the Mouth of Manila Bay–September 30, 2015. The island and its place in history.
Writer, Lawyer, Literary Agent, Part 1–January 13, 2015 (interview in 2015). The story of a developing career.
Writer, Lawyer, Literary Agent, Part 2–January 28, 2015 (interview in 2015). The author’s Filipino setting of her short story collection For Love and Kisses.
The Ones Who Leave and the Ones Who Get Left–March 15, 2013 (interview in 2013). Author Lysley Tenorio talks about his short story collection, Monstress.
The Author of “When the de la Cruz Family Danced”—January 4, 2012 (interview in 2011). The story behind this novel of immigration from the Philippines and life in Southern California.
The Author of “Astigirl”—May 3, 2011 (interview in 2011). An outspoken Filipina on her growth to independence.
Evolution of an Intercultural Text–Free Textbook Download–March 9, 2017. This advanced conversation textbook is based on interviews with Koreans and Westerners and includes lots of grammar, word study and discussion. Download from textbook page.
Author Interview on Krys Lee’s “How I Became a North Korean”–November 21, 2016 (interview in 2016). A novel based on the Korean-American’s activism for North Koreans.
The Dreams Man—September 11, 2010 (interview in 1994). Jeremy Seligson, author of Korean Birth Dreams.
Donna Miscolta, Author of “Hola and Goodbye”–February 17, 2017 (interview in 2017). A short story collection of Mexican-American immigrants.
Baihana’s First Album–September 23, 2016 (interview in 2016). Mel Torre on the group’s successes and adventures over the last two years.
A Filipina Jazz Singer in Japan, Manila and Hong Kong–April 22, 2016 (interview in 2016). The singer’s experience of the yakusa, men bearing gifts and audiences.
A Filipino Jazz Musician and Jazz Journalist–September 8, 2015. A brief history as told by the author of Pinoy Jazz.
Benefit for a Filipino Musician–August 5, 2015 (interview in 2015). Jazz Singers and players perform at a private benefit for a musician after his stroke, partly in connection with the Heart of Music, an NGO set up for ailing musicians who can’t afford medical care.
Jireh Calo, A Filipina Musician on Her Way–February 14, 2015 (interview in 2015). The story of a 19-year-old musician now studying at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Links to music videos are included.
A Filipina Vocal Group at Tago Jazz Cafe–December 3, 2014 (interview in 2014). How a successful group came into being. Includes links to music videos.
The Only Place for Jazz in the Philippines–September 4 (interview in 2014). The owner of a jazz club in Metro Manila talks about his place and its support of non-commercial jazz.
Mother and Musician, Part 2—March 26, 2011 (interview in 1986). Plus performing American folk music in China.
Photos of BASECO on Manila Bay–-August 28, 2016 (photos from 2007). Bob Barton’s photos from our trip to an impoverished squatter community.
Seize the Moment–July 2, 2015 (interview in 2015). A Filipino photographer talks about his life and his love for his craft.
Hanging Out in Tagaytay–March 31. 2013. A photo essay of some spots in Tagaytay.
A Winter Walk up Gyoungju’s South Mountain—January 11, 2010. A photo essay of a mountainside full of Buddhist images.
A Photo Tour of Bulguk Temple—February 22, 2010. A photo essay of Bulguksa, outside Kyongju, one of the three most famous temples.
A Walk in a Chinese Port Town—August 19, 2009. A photo essay of Xiamen, Fujian in 1985.
4) Daily Life
From Metro Manila to Cavite Province, Part 1–-May 4, 2017. I write about my move to Tagaytay.
From Metro Manila to Cavite Province, Part 2–June 1, 2017. I write about adjusting to life in the province.
The Best of Three Worlds, Part 1–July 1, 2014 (interview in 2014). A Filipina talks about her life in the Philippines, in Korea, and in the US.
The Best of Three Worlds, Part 2–July 4, 2014 (interview in 2014)
From a Squatters’ Village to a Housing Project–February 3, 2014 (interview in 2014). A former squatter describes the move.
Moving On, Part 1–August 11, 2013. How this American’
Moving On, Part 2–August 24, 2013
Moving On, Part 3—September 13, 2013. My experience teaching in China.
Moving On, Part 4–September 30, 2013. My experience teaching in a private, for-profit language school.
Moving On, Part 5–October 16, 2013. My experience teaching in a Buddhist university.
Moving On, Part 6–October 31, 2013. I talk about my decision to leave Korea after retiring from Dongguk University and retiring in the Philippines.
A Charmed Life–January 3, 2013 (interview in 2012). One form of expat lifestyle in the Philippines.
Filipino Squatters’ Tales, Part 1–December 6, 2012 (interview in 2012) Inside a squatter family’s home as they live with the threat of demolition.
Filipino Squatters’ Tales, Part 2–December 22, 2012 (interview in 2012). Another squatter shows her home, living conditions and fears.
Becoming an Expat—November 13, 2012 (interview 2012). How a civil engineer came to find abroad what he could not find at home.
The Last Big Move—July 19, 2012. I talk about moving my cats and all my stuff from Seoul to Quezon City.
Filipino Food, Part 1–January 22, 2011. My food experiences in Iloilo with Filipino friends, plus a recipe.
The Great Flood, Part 1--October 11, 2009. My experience being flooded out of my home.
The Great Flood, Part 2—October 19, 2009
The Great Flood, Part 3–October 22, 2010. A follow-up a year later.
A Vision List–August 4. 2016 (interview in 2015) /How a woman’s life changed before and after she moved to Korea.
Silvia Wilson Moves to South Korea–March 28, 2014. A memorial return post of “A Mainer Goes to South Korea”—November 29, 2010 (interview in 2009). Finding employment and contentment in Korea.
What Went Right and What Didn’t, Part 1–November 9, 2012 (interview in 2012). Marriage, work and cultural adjustment in Korea and Japan.
What Went Right and What Didn’t, Part 2–November 23, 2012 (interview in 2012).
The Last Big Move—July 19, 2012. I talk about moving my cats and all my stuff from Seoul to Quezon City. Philippines.
Return to Korea—June 20, 2012. I talk about a recent trip to Seoul and the feeling of permanence in change.
Korea and the Reluctant Expat Male—June 6, 2012 (interview in 1989). An American man describes his confrontations with Korean sexual mores.
In the Bathhouse—November 12, 2011 (interview in 1989). A young Englishwoman describes her experience in a traditional Korean bathhouse.
Korean Births, Deaths and Marriages—September 24, 2010 (interview in 1997). A Catholic priest talks about his observations of Korean customs.
Military Linguists, Part 1—March 29, 2010 (interviews in 1995). Servicemen who are fluent in Korean discuss life on and off the base. and
Military Linguists, Part 2—April 5, 2010 (interviews around 1995).
Military Linguists, Part 3—April 12, 2010 (interviews around 1995).
American Wife, Korean Husband, Part 1—February 7, 2010 (interview in 1988). Cultural differences inside a marriage.
American Wife, Korean Husband, Part 2—February 13, 2010 (interview in 1992).
Confucian Ways of Life and Death—January 17, 2010 (interview in 1989). Deference in Korea and traditional funeral practices.
Coming Home—November 9, 2009 (interview in 1990). A young gay man of Korean-American ethnicity on his experience in Korea.
The Story of a Korean War Baby—October 27, 2009 (interview in 1999). A woman of Korea-African American ethnicity on her experiences growing up.
From Japan to North America, Reverse Culture Shock–October 31, 2016 (interview in 2916). Returning from three stints in Japan, totaling twelve years.
A Family Man in Japan–June 26, 2013 (interview in 2013). A British freelance translator takes about marriage, children and contentment.
Almost a Japanese Housewife—May 11, 2012 (interview in 2012) An Australian woman tells the story of her life in Japan and how the stereotype of a Japanese housewife fits and does not fit her.
My First Japanese Family—January 17, 2012 (interview in 2011). An American woman describes the extended family of her first Japanese husband.
“Mafan” or Chinese Hassles—February 27 (interviews in 1986). These are two stories about bizarre, everyday happenings in China.
On the Court in Xiamen, China—November 27, 2011 (interviews in 1986). Two tall foreign students talk about playing basketball on university teams.
Finding Contentment in Mainland China—September 16, 2011 (interview in 2011). A Canadian talks about what he found in China that could not be found at home.
An Englishman in the People’s Republic, Part 1—April 23, and 24, 2011 (interview in 1986). An international student on the emotional strain of living in China plus problems getting medical treatment.
An Englishman in the People’s Republic, Part 2—May 17, 2011 (interview in 1986).
An Englishman in the People’s Republic, Part 3–May 24, 2011 (interview in 1986).
Mother and Musician, Part 1—March 18, 2011 (interview in 1986). Interacting with the Chinese as the mother of a white baby.
At the Friendship Hotel—August 28, 2010 (interview in 1986). Living in Beijing in 1979-80, directly after the Cultural Revolution.
At a Village Wedding—August 5, 2009 (interview in 1986). Traveling to and observing a village wedding in the north of China..
Galang = Respect for Filipina Lesbians, Part 1. An NGO discusses the living situations of lesbians in the Philippines, the law and the movement for change.
Galang = Respect for Filipina Lesbians, Part 2.Sunshine Joe through Our Eyes–March 15. 2014 (interviews in 2014). Ferdinand Marcos’s press secretary and tourism minister as seen through the eyes of his daughter and then the eyes of Imelda Marcos.
Scrap Pork–December 10, 2013 (Interview 2013). A network of writers, artists and media people forms to fight corruption in the Philippines.
Portrait of a Filipina Feminist, Part 1–February 2, 2013 (interview in 2013). A medical doctor, professor and women’s studies director tells the story of her political activism.
Portrait of a Filipina Feminist, Part 2–February 17, 2013 (interview in 2013). The activist’s story focuses on the Reproductive Health Bill.
A Writer on Sexual Health, Part 1—July 6 (interview in 2011). A reporter on issues involving sexuality in this very Catholic country.
A Writer on Sexual Health, Part 2—July 18, 2011 (interview in 2011).
A South Korean Prisoner of Conscience—January 31, 2012 (interview 2011). A university student’s experience with 18 months in prison following a anti-government demonstration.
Filipine Reproductive Health Bill, Part 1—June 8, 2011 (interview in 2011). Proponents of the bill discuss why it is necessary.
Filipine Reproductive Health Bill, Part 2–June 21, 2011 (interview in 2011). A proponent satirizes the opposition.
Looking Back, Part 1—September 29, 2011 (interview in 2007). Korea around the assassination of Park Chung-hee.
Looking Back, Part 2—October 14, 2011 (interview in 2007).
Looking Back, Part 3—September 29 and October 14, 2011 (interview in 2007).
A View of the Korean Women’s Movement—June 20, 2010 (interview in 2001 with supplements). Observations from a professor of women’s studies, plus observations by others.
A Priest’s View of Human Rights in Korea—May 9, 2010 (interview in 1989). The military dictatorships of Park Chung-hee and Chun Doo-hwan.
A Skeptic’s View of the Korean Student Movement—April 25, 2010 (interview around 1991). Observations from an American student’s perspective.
Last Days in China, Part 1—August 17, 2011 (interview in 1990). The 1989 pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square as seen by a student of Sino-American relations.
Last Days in China, Part 2—September 9, 2011 (interview in 1990).
In a Chinese “Model Village”—December 17, 2009. A look at a village under the new Responsibility System in 1986.
Having “Urgent” but not”Emergency” Surgery in the Philippines, Part 1–April 1, 2015 (interview in 2015). An American receives excellent care in a major hospital in Manila, experiences a few cultural difficulties.
Having “Urgent” but not “Emergency” Surgery in the Philippines, Part 2–April 15, 2015 (interview in 2015). The American airs his digust with the behavior of his health insurance provider in the US.
BodyTalk in the Philippines–May 11, 2013 (interview in 2012). A BodyTalk practitioner demonstrates BodyTalk Access and discusses how it’s used to heal those suffering from toxic waste left in the Philippines by the US military.
The Eye Thing—November 4, 2010. My experience having Lucentis injections for macular degeneration.
An Unintended Adventure–December 10, 2016 (interview in 2016). The Life of an American couple living in Korea–now Japan–after a horrible accident.
From Academia to Video Games and Beyond—May 23, 2012 (interview in 2011). In this coming of age story, a young Filipina describes the life she gave up as an idealistic math teacher and graduate student at the University of the Philippines, her new job and her ambivalence about living in the world of capitalism.
Rise and Fall in a Filipino Market–December 30, 2010 (interview in 2009). A former currency trader discusses selling fruit in Marikina Market.
Twenty Years in and out of Korea–May 24, 2013 (interview in 2012). A businessman discusses the improvements in Korea over the last twenty years and the improvements Korea has made on himself.
More Than One Right Way, Part 1—February 18 (interview in 1994). A bank executive talks about banking in Korea.
More Than One Right Way, Part 2—February 24, 2011 (interview in 1994).
More Than One Right Way, Part 3—March 3, 2011 (interview in 1994). A bank executive talks about banking in Korea.
Lady Luck Helps Make Changes, Part 1—July 4 (interviews in 1995). The heads of two Western companies discuss their experiences.
Lady Luck Helps Make Changes, Part 2—July 11 (interviews in 1995).
Two Women in the Korean Workplace—June 6, 2010 (interviews in 2000 and 2002). Two Korean women discuss their experiences.
An Irishman’s Culture Shock—January 24, 2010 (interview in 1992). Personal and work experiences of a long-time resident.
Cindy Starts a Business in Japan–October 13, 2016 (interview in 2016). From working as an in-house lawyer to starting up language services.
A Question of Trust in Japan—April 4, 2011 (interview in 2011). The hazards of doing a computer programming business in Japan.
Caught in the Middle–January 19, 2013 (interview 1986). An interpreter-trainer is caught between the Chinese and Hong Kong/Westerners.
No Gold-Plated Chopsticks–August 16, 2012 (interview in 1986). A New Zealander talks about liaising for foreign businesses in China.
The Last Contract—March 4, 2010 (interview in 1986). The frustrations of doing business in China.
In and around a Chinese Shipyard—September 15, 2009 (interview in 1985). Cultural problems when building luxury yachts in China.
EFL in Afghanistan, Part 1–August 2, 2017 (interview in 2017). Teaching at a private university in Kabul and a public university in Herat.
EFL in Afghanistan, Part 2–September 11. 2017 (interview in 2017). Girls’ education and research on distance education in Afghanistan.
Teaching Liberal Arts in Korea, Part 1–January 14, 2015 (interview in 2014). Teaching from the perspective of a classics scholar at Underwood College at Yonsei University.
Teaching Liberal Arts in Korea, Part 2–February 6, 2015 (interview in 2014).
International Kids, Part 1–October 21, 2015. (interview in 2015). A brother and sister compare their experience at a private international school in Seoul with their public school in Texas.
International Kids, Part 2–November 10, 2015. (interview in 2015)
Misspelling “Embarrassed” in Korea–August 20, 2015 (interview in 2013). An American teacher discovers what happens when she confesses to having dyslexia, but accepts the consequences and eventually wins praise from her boss.
David Mason, Promoting Traditional Korean Culture–March 17, 2015 (interview in 2015). An Old Korea Hand talks about his life and works.
From Adjunct Faculty to Korean Faculty–March 1, 2015 (interview in 2015). A professor at a Korean university talks about moving from two adjunct positions in the US.
Korea, Where the Living is Easy–August 15, 2014 (interview, 2014). An American’s experience teaching in a Korean elementary school and teaching future flight attendants at a Korean university.
Korea Forty Years Later–February 16, 2014 (interview in 2014). A former Peace Corps Volunteer, now teaching in Korea, compares his old and new experiences.
Teaching in Kangnam, Seoul–February 2, 2013 (interview in 2013). A middle-school teacher explains his enthusiasm for his job.
A Lecturer in South Korea—August 3, 2012 (interview in 2012). A writer and teacher compares her experience teaching at a Korean university with teaching in the United States.
Sitting above the Green Elephant, Part 1—October 9, 2010. My experiences teaching for many years at a Buddhist university.
Sitting above the Green Elephant, Part 2—November 19, 2010.
How to Succeed at Languages without Really Trying—January 30, 2010 (interview in 2009). My most fluent and bicultural student on teaching himself the language and culture.
A Year and a Half in Japan–December 24, 2014 (interview in 2014). Teaching ESL in a cram school and a high school in Japan.
Inside and Outside the Japanese Classroom–June 7, 2013 (interview in 2006). Teaching ESL to Japanese students in Japan and the US.
Four Chinese Cities, Part 1–August 16, 2012 (interview in 2012). Teaching English in China.
Four Chinese Cities, Part 2–September 13, 2012 (interview in 2012).
Four Chinese Cities, Part 3–September 27, 2012 (interview in 2012).
Asking Questions of Chinese Women—March 12, 2012 (interview in 1986). Research on the status of women in China.
First Year, Second Year—July 24, 2010. My own experience teaching at Xiamen University in 1984-86.
EFL in Afghanistan, Part 1–August 2. 2017 (interview in 2017). Teaching English in a private university in Kabul and a public university in Herat,
Bouncing around the Middle East, Part 1–September 9, 2014 (interview in 2014). An English teacher talks about her experience in Kuwait.
Bouncing around the Middle East, Part 2–November 4, 2014 (interview in 2014). Teaching English in Oman.
Bouncing around the Middle East, Part 3–November 19, 2014 (interview in 2014). Teaching English on the West Bank.
A Teacher in Rural Thailand–June 1, 2014 (interview in 2014). An American is content with his lot in Thailand.
Toughing It Out, Part 1–July 9, 2013 (interview in 2012). An ESL teacher shares her experience in Saudi Arabia.
Toughing It Out, Part 2–July 23, 2013 (interview in 2012). The ESL teacher’s money and passport are stolen in Nepal, but she stays on.
9) Offering Help
Making Donations in Rural Zambales–July 18, 2015 (interview in 2015). The soup kitchen man, his volunteers and I go to a remote area in the countryside to bring donations to the elementary school and the church.
Puzzle Gourmet Store and Cafe, Serving a Special Need–May 31, 2015 (interview in 2015). A business gives employment to and therapy to high-functioning autistic young people and two with Downs Syndrome.
Love Surge for Haiyan/Yolanda Victims–October 20, 2014 (interviews in 2014). A celebration of survival with a book, song, poems and inventions.
The Man behind the Soup Kitchen, Part 1–April 15, 2014 (interview in 2014). The life story of a man whose mission became to feed the poor.
The Man behind the Soup Kitchen, Part 2–-April 29, 2014 (interview in 2014). The life story of a man whose mission became to feed the poor.
Among Filipino Mountain Tribes–January 20, 2014 (interview 2013). An actor talks about theatrical exercises and native myths among the tribes he’s worked with.
Skateboarding in the Philippines–January 6, 2014 (interview 2013). A Canadian talks about supporting skateboarding facilities particularly for the poor.
A Marine in Tacloban–December 23, 2013 (interview 2013). A US Marine talks about his part in the relief effort in the wake of Typhon Yolanda.
A Family Journey to Tacloban and Leyte–November 27, 2013 (interview 2013). After the super-typhoon Yolanda, three family members leave Manila to check on relatives in the stricken areas.
At a Filipino Soup Kitchen—July 3, 2012. This is a photo essay of shopping, cooking, waiting and finally giving out food and eating in a bank parking lot. The man responsible is the same Mang Urot, aka James Braddock aka Benjie Abad, interviewed for the post of March 29, 2012.
A Personal Crusade—March 29, 2012(interview in 2012). A Filipino man tells about his projects to feed the homeless and make donations to local schools.
Becoming Useful–February 3, 2014 (interview in 2014). A Korean-American neurosurgeon talks about training surgeons in developing countries.
10) Religious/spiritual Practice
Synchronicity—April 14, 2013. A Filipino discusses his practice as a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and his trip to India.
The First Heal-Om Festival—October 26, 2012. Photo essay of a Metro Manila event featuring healing, spirituality, natural products and disaster survival.
First 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat—April 29, 2012 (retreat in 2012). The author describes her experience of the retreat and compares it with meditation stays in a Buddhist Temple in South Korea.
The Korean Mountain Spirit–April 27, 2013 (interview 2013). An American professor at a Korean university discusses his 30-year study of the subject and its connection with five spiritual/religious practices on the Korean peninsula.
A Meditation Teacher’s Last Talk—April 15, 2012 (talk 1994) A Buddhist monk in the Korean tradition speaks on meditation and finding one’s path in life.
Buddhism at a Cultural Intersection—February 7, 2011 (interview in 1992). Setting up a Buddhist Center to teach foreigners about Korean Buddhism.
The Man behind “Spiritpower,” Part 1—December 10, 2010 (interview in 2010). A former Buddhist monk talks about the meditation process.
The Man behind “Spiritpower,” Part 2—December 18, 2010 (interview in 2010)
An Apprentice Temple Painter—December 6, 2009 (interview in 1992). A longtime resident and Buddhist tells how he learned his craft.
A Look at Korean Shamanism—November 23, 2009 (interview in 1993). An anthropologist gives a quick view of Korean shamanism.
Japanese-style Meditation Practice—February 13, 2012 (interview in 2005). Meditation outside San Francisco.
A Monk’s Tale—January 5, 2010 (interview in 1986). The experience of a Englishman who became a Buddhist monk in Hong Kong.
Journey to the Philippines, Part 1 (guest post by Marita Lopez-Mena.) In 2015, Marita came to the Philippines for the first time to see her father’s birthplace and childhood home as the guest of relatives of her father’s second wife.
Journey to the Philippines, Part 2. In 2016 Marita returned for her nephew’s wedding and more digging into the family history.
Following the Plan through Southeast Asia, Part 1–May 1 (interview in 2014). A Briton misadventures in Asia, sobers up and finds love
Following the Plan through Southeast Asia, Part 2–May 17 (interview in 2014).
The Traveling Economist, Part 1—August 8, 2010 (interview in 1986). Observations on business, the black market and assorted thieving.
The Traveling Economist, Part 2—August 14, 2010 (interview in 1986).
In the Mongolian Grasslands—December 10, 2011 (interview in 1986). An Australian student of Chinese talks about traveling in minority and off-limits areas of China.
The Second Journey into Tibet—March 17, 2010 (interview in 1986). A long journey on the back of a truck with 23 Tibetans.
In Indonesia among the Damudani–July 7, 2017 (interview in 2017). Encounters with a remote tribe in the highlands.