This is a 1989 interview with an anthropologist who first came to Korea with the Peace Corps in 1967. Here he talks about cultural differences between Korea and the West.
A Catholic priest who served all his adult life in Korea provides insights into milestones of Korean life–birth, marriage and death.
An airman in the U.S. Air Force, who is also fluent in Korean, talks about being stationed in Korea, cultural differences and Korean attitudes toward “un-Koreans.”
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.
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.
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.
An American woman describes her experience of the Manila flood of September 26, 2009.