In this two part interview, an American tenure-track professor at Underwood College in Yonsei University talks about his experience teaching liberal arts, the job market in higher education in Korea and Yonsei’s support for research.
This is the second in a series of interviews with two intelligent and talented American–actually Filipino-American–kids living in Seoul and attending a private school there.
Andrew and Crystal are thirteen and fifteen. They attend Yongsan International School of Seoul, an American-based private school which is both Christian and broad-minded. I was particularly interested in their stories because when I was a child and young adult my family spent a year in Europe every five years, first in Luxembourg and then in Germany, where I attended public schools and university. It turned out there were some similarities. We spoke in their home in Seoul. Andrew’s story Before I moved here to my international school in Seoul, I went to Navarro Elementary School in Seguin Township, Texas. …
An English teacher at a university in Korea makes a spelling mistake, confesses to having dyslexia and discovers what that means in a “shame culture.”
This is a recent interview with David Mason, author of several works on traditional Korean culture. It is of particular interest to readers wanting to know about Korean Buddhism, hiking opportunities in Korea and combining hiking with the TempleStay program.
Before the National Adjunct Walkout Day in the US, I interviewed a former adjunct professor from California who is now teaching in South Korea. She spoke of her teaching experience in both places.
This is a 2014 interview with an English teacher who arrived in Korea in 2007, taught in an elementary school and then moved to teaching Tourism English to flight attendants at a university. She also did a master’s in International Relations at Troy University on the US Army post. Korea has been good to Amy professionally and financially. She loves her students and finds Korea “not a bad place to get stuck” if your own country offers little hope of good employment.
A Filipina married to an American and living in Korea talks about cultural differences between her own culture and her husband’s.
A Filipina married to an American and living in Korea talks about her experience getting jobs as a singer and an administrative assistant. She also talks about the hassles of getting married at the US Embassy in Seoul.
In 2001 a Mainer hopped on a flight for South Korea, where her son was teaching, and began a new life. Her experience with less-than-honest recruiters and insolvent private language schools was fairly typical. What was much less typical was her decision not to give up and go home. Her experience illustrates how much personality determines a person’s ability to get along abroad. This post first appeared in November, 2010. It is posted again in her memory.