In the following interview we hear from a woman who had a difficult time with her mother in-law, a problem Valerie mentioned. In late 1988 when we did this interview, Shirley was a petite, dark-haired, vivacious woman in her early thirties. She had reached the end of her patience with her husband’s mother. It was difficult for me to avoid the conclusion, with both Shirley and Valerie that what they had found in Korea was a lot of hassles and a lot of heartache. I should add that many of my female Korean students have told me they would never consider marrying an oldest son. …
This is a 1992 interview with an American woman who was married to a Korean man over twenty years her senior.
A young Korean explains how he became bilingual and bicultural virtually on his own.
An Irishman describes his gradual adjustment to life in Korea in 1987, working in a Korean company and living with a Korean family.
A long-term resident in Korea talks about Confucian deep bows, funerals, dating and marriage customs.
This is a photo essay of a wintertime trip up the South Korean mountain south of Gyoungju, a place well known for its Buddha statues.
An American in Korea tells of his long-term experience as an apprentice temple painter.
This is an account of Korean shamanism from the perspective of an anthropologist and long-time observer living in Korea.
A gay Amerasian man, son of a Korean mother and a white American father, talks about his interaction with his Korean relatives and others in Seoul.
The daughter of a Korean mother and an African-American father talks about her experience with discrimination both in South Korea and in the United States, as well as her personal solutions.