Upcoming Concert List 2014!

Just a small post to inform you of a new page! I just made an ‘upcoming concert list‘ for everyone to check out and make plans around. If you’re here for a particular group, you can check the upcoming concert list and make your plans accordingly!

Comments Comments everywhere!

I just realized that I wasn’t getting any notifications for my comments and therefore not seeing them at all, so I’d like to apologise to everyone that I didn’t respond to! If you really need to get in touch with me, please contact me through twitter (@himurahimeko) and I’ll be more likely to respond to you! Sorry again!

Also I’ll be revamping this blog a bit in the next week or so to help everyone with their travels to Korea, so please look forward to the changes ^^

Racial Slurs in Korea

 

Since this is quite the sensitive topic I decided to make a post about it detailing what I know about how Koreans interpret foreign racial slurs. I am not ethnically Korean and neither do I claim to be a know-it-all expert on the topic, only that I would like to share what I know through living here in Korea and what I’ve gleaned off of my Korean friends.

Recently, Bangtan Boys sang Shinhwa’s TOP where the n-word is used and an outrage sprang up in the international community. Apparently this isn’t the first time Rapmon had used this word so shame on him, but this article is to explain why the PD did not censor this as they would other derogatory English words.

Some time back there was an incident on a bus where an African-American man and a elderly Korean man had an altercation on a bus that lead to a nationwide outrage. At the time, I had been teaching in Suwon, a city just a bit south of Seoul. I came to school to teach my students and one child, a boy of about 10 years of age, raised his hand and asked me “Teacher, is (the n-word) a bad word?”. Patiently I conveyed to this boy the severity of the word he had just uttered and cautioned every one of my students to NEVER EVER SAY THAT WORD TO ANYONE EVER. I told them that it was even worse than saying the f-word and I hope to god that he remembers that lecture.

This is but one of the many times I had to caution my students against using that word in public.

Korea is a homogenous country, meaning that Korea consists of Korean people and pretty much nothing else. When I had approached this topic of racial slurs to my Korean friends they seemed to understand that yes, the n-word is a bad word. But when they hear it, they don’t think anything of it. One of my friends even went as far as to say that to him, it was just an everyday word. When I questioned this friend about the fad of black facing I’ve been seeing on Korean television he told me that it was “funny” and didn’t even know it was offensive at all! I almost screamed at him before I realized that we were in a cafe and that was inappropriate and told him in a slightly lower voice than a shout that no, it is not funny and omg do you want to die?!

In short, Korean people are not even aware of how bad it is and probably why the PD didn’t even think of censoring this word on a broadcast. The international community has a duty to educate, not incriminate as I’ve seen a few people do online. Yes, this was a bad thing, but it was done out of ignorance. Hopefully our voices will be able to reach them, but let’s also be mature about this and not devolve into a hideous hivemind of scum and villainy.

Random update!

Hi guys! Been sooooo busy this last two months! I went home to Hawaii for three weeks at the beginning of this year and I spent most of February getting ready to move from Bucheon into Sinchon. Now that I’m settled into my very (VERY) small gosiwon very near Yonsei University, I can finally get to updating this blog and making more youtube videos! Let me know if there’s ANYTHING you want to know about Korea and I’ll try and answer them to the best of my abilities!

Fan life in Korea: Sukira

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio is one of the main things you’ll experience as a fan in Korea. Even if you’re not a fan of Super Junior members, you’ll still enjoy being able to see your favorite star grace the small little box that is the Sukira radio studio. This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of your idol even if it’s just a five second look in the lobby or the hour or two spent by the studio (if you can get close enough to the glass, that is…)

In this particular video, I went to see Heechul at his very first come back to Super Junior and it was quite crazy. So many people! A matter of course when you have one of Korea’s most beloved coming around for a visit, especially right after military service! This shows Sukira on one of it’s busiest nights so that you know what to expect. It can be both a wild night, or a calm every day sort of thing (if you’re a Super Junior fan). I suggest going at least once because what is life if not being able to brag that you’ve went?

If you want to visit yourself, I suggest you visit my official post on how to get to Sukira here. Thanks for watching!

How to get to 돈까스타/Where is 돈까스타? (Infinite Hoya’s Restaurant)

 

 

Outside Question: How big of an Infinite fan are you? Even if your answer is “I don’t actually know who that is?” you should still check out this restaurant. It’s called “tonkastar (돈까스타)” and is owned by Infinite member Hoya.

ADDRESS: 153-22 Bupyeong 5(o)-dong (5 Sijang-ro 12beon-gil)
METRO STOP: Bupyeong Station (부평역) Line 1/Exit 20b
DIRECTIONS: The Bupyeong underground shopping center can be a real maze, but I’ll try to make it as easy to find your way as possible.

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So once you get to the station, you’ll want to head toward exit 7 (but not actually go out exit seven) it’s just so you can find your way to this fountain here outside of the turnstiles (because even in the station, you can get lost).

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Next you’ll want to locate the manoffin and take that long corridor right next to it.

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Pretty much go straight down this, don’t turn anywhere! It’s called the “Orange Road” so just in case you get lost in a shop or something, you’ll remember which road you’re on. The signs on the ground really help.

You’ll hit a four-way at one point and you’ll still want to head straight, though your “Orange Road” will turn into a “Green Road” and there will be a sign overhead that looks like this:

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Congratulations! You’ve found exit 20!!! Well not really. As you can see, you need to go where the arrow points toward 구 . 진선미. You’re also on the blue road now, so your floor sign should look like this:

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So if you’ve been keeping up you should arrive at a fork, where one side leads up to exit 21, and the other to exit 20. Of course you want to go up exit 20!

There should be a sort of split of the stairs, take the left stairs (the narrower ones).

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This is your destination street! Just go straight and take the first right and you’ve finally found the restaurant!

Menu

MENU:
등심 돈까스 – (deungshim donkkas) The usual tonkatsu.
고구마 치즈 돈까스 – (goguma cheese donkkas) Sweet potato cheese tonkatsu.
치즈 돈까스 – (cheese donkkas) Cheese tonkatsu.
돈까스타 (퓨젼 다이어트 돈까스) – (donkkasuta) The ‘specialty’ of this restaurant. I think I remember this being that instead of rice, you get a salad. Supposed to be a “diet” sort of dish but there isn’t much of a difference between the regular tonkatsu and this except for the salad.
추가메뉴 왕만두 (3개) – (wangmandu) A side menu dish of 3 large mandu.
1인1식 기본주문 입니다 – 1 dish, 1 person. Meaning that each dish is made to serve one person.

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SPECIAL MENU (hung on the door so I am unsure if this is a regular thing or a seasonal thing):
사누끼 우동 – (sanukki udong) Sanuki Udon
우동, 왕만두 새트 – (udong, wangmandu set) A set that includes the Udon and Mandu.

Drinks are self-served and is included with your dish. Remember that you must purchase a dish (not the side menu of mandu) in order to get a drink. Also for those of you wondering what sort of meat is used for the tonkatsu, it is pork (as usual for this dish). Udon is made with dashi (fish stock).

RECOMMENDATION: I had the regular tonkatsu, which tasted much like any other tonkatsu that I’ve had in Korea. I shared a plate of the mandu with my friends and that was pretty good. I think I want to try the udon next time.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: The place is a absolute SHRINE to the man who is Hoya. The walls are lined from ceiling to floor with his face.

The most interesting part of the cafe would definitely be the signboard where you can leave little notes to Hoya. They have post-its provided for you to use on the counter and a pen just in case you don’t have one.

It doesn’t seem like there are any restrictions for cameras that I could see, but please keep in mind that this is a business and not an amusement park. Take heed of your surroundings and also listen to the staff if they ask you to do something.

Just a quick check-in!

Hey guys! I’m still alive hahaha

Sorry for not updating this blog as much as I should. I do have lots of things to post, but finding the time between work and running around chasing idols can be tough! If you want to know what’s generally going on in my life, please check out my youtube channel where I vlog about my vacations and other various little tidbits about Korea in general ^^ I also will be doing a lot more ‘how to’ videos ‘shopping haul’ videos and ‘how to get to…’ videos in the future concerning Korea, so please check it out! I’ll probably be crossposting to this blog anyway, so you’ll find out about those videos definitely, but to get a better experience, please subscribe!!

Anyway, hope that you’re all having an amazing year! I know I am!

Also if you have any questions JUST ASK! I try to answer your questions as they come in, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to sit and make long posts about how to do things. So please, PLEASE look through other people’s comments to make sure your questions haven’t already been answered!

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