Monday, September 1, 2014


This is a group blog for instructors and trainees in the Busan University of Foreign Studies 5+ 1 Teacher Training Program (Spring 2014).


Group Notes : Class 1   Class 2
 Quizlets:    Class 1  Class 2
Photos: Class1 (photofunClass2 (drama)  Wonderful Wednesday

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Core Questions: What are the benefits and difficulties associated with multiculturalism in Korea and elsewhere?

Sources:Below are a few readings.  More will be added soon. In the meantime, please try to find some interested related links and either post them on your blog or comment below to share them.


Korea's Multiculturalism

and a little multiculturalism humor

Ethnic Diversity

From: Worlds apart: Uganda tops list of most ethnically diverse countries on Earth while South Korea comes bottom

More Stats:
More Sites of Interest

Discussion Questions: 

    • How have views toward foreigners and mixed-race Koreans changed during your lifetime (for society in general and you personally)?
    • Do you feel that Korea is becoming more multicultural?  If so, in what ways have you personally experienced this?
    • How many mixed race Koreans have you met (students, friends, relatives, etc.)?
      What have you heard about their experiences?
    • Do you think that mixed race Koreans and foreigners face discrimination in society? Do you think Korea is xenophobic? Is it getting better or worse?
    • How do your feelings about this differ from older and younger generations (e.g. parents , grandparents, and children)?
    • Would you consider marrying someone who is non-Korean or mixed race?
      Would it be OK if your children did?
    • What do you think are the biggest potential concerns and benefits for a society (particularly Korea) becoming more multicultural?

    • Do you think the increasing multiculturalism of Korean society is a good thing or a bad thing? Why?
    • In what ways do you think it’s easier or more difficult to be a ‘foreigner’ or mixed race person in Korea as opposed to being a Korean in a foreign country?
    • What have been the best and worst multicultural environments or experiences you've encountered? What made them so good or bad?
    • Do you feel any differently toward various non-Koreans who marry Koreans and their children?
      (e.g. a SouthEast Asian bride vs. a Western groom)
    • What do you think Korean society will be like (in regards to multiculturalism) in 10, 25, 50 years?
    • How do you think the Korean media treats foreigners and mixed race Koreans?
    • What role does the media play in the evolution of attitudes toward multiculturalism?
      How has it impacted the acceptance of a non-homogeneous Korea?
    • What should the requirements be for someone who wants to become a Korean citizen?
    • How do you determine if someone is 'Korean'? How would you rank the 'Korean-ness' of
    - a mixed race person raised in Korea
    - a non-ethnic Korean born and raised in Korea
    - a non-ethnic Korean who has lived here a long time and is fluent in Korean
    - an ethnic Korean raised overseas (gyopo)
    - an ethnic Korean adoptee

Thursday, June 12, 2014

TTP in Brisbane Guide

TTP Down Under Map  Full Size

Aussie English

Practicum Schools
University of Queensland

  • Hancook Restaurant
  • Jong Ga Restaurant
  • Urbanspoon Listings
  • TripAdvisor
  • Brisbane Restaurants

  • Pizza Cafe
  • Darwins
  • Burger Urge
  • Bangkok Delight

    Korean Markets
  • A plus Mart - 161 Elizabeth St, Brisbane QLD 4000, (07) 3211 2955
  • E Mart - 144 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, (07) 3221 7477
  • E Mart - 105 Albert Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, (07) 3211 4272
  • Hanaro Mart - 65 Mary St (Albert St), Brisbane QLD 4000, (07) 3012 7766
  • KOZ Mart - 85 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, (07) 3220 2677
  • Lotte Mart - 355 Adelaide St, Brisbane QLD 4000, (07) 3221 1881 
  • Kim’s market – 158 Station Rd, Sunnybank, QLD 4109, (07) 3345 1400
  • Kimchi store – 6 Zamiz St, Sunnybank, QLD, 4109, (07) 3423 8989

Thoughts from Places: Brisbane, Australia
The University of Queensland - A Students Day in Brisbane
The University of Queensland Part 1

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

East-West: The Geography of Thought

Different Ways of Thinking based on Culture (cont.)
The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently

The Book at   Amazon
Google Preview
Chapter by Chapter Summary
EBS Video  Part#1 Nouns & Verbs,  Part#2 See & Be
Examples:   Daks   Monkey-Panda-Banana    Happy?

Korean Writing Process Prezi

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Self-image, Self-Esteem, & Plastic Surgery

 Self Image & Self-Esteem

Plastic Surgery


Plastic Surgery/Self-Image Question  (part 1)

  • How did it feel to write esteem builders for others and read them about yourself?
  • What do you like most about yourself (physical and personality traits)?
    Any suggestions from other group members?
  • What don't you like about yourself? (physically and otherwise)
  • How have your self-likes and dislikes changed over time?
  • What would you like to change about yourself?(if anything)  What DON’T you want to change?
  • In which situations do you feel most confident?  Least confident?
  • Do you think men and women  judge  themselves differently? How so?
  • Who do you think is the most attractive  person in Korea? in the world?
    What makes them so attractive?
  • Generally speaking, what do you think makes people attractive? (inside and out)
                                                                    (or more attractive as time passes)
  • Who is the most attractive person in your family/circle of friends?  confident? image-obsessed?

Plastic Surgery/Self-Image Questions  (part 2)

  • How much time do you spend making yourself look better each day? What do you do?
  • How do you think self-esteem and physical attractiveness affect each other?
    In what ways does society (especially Korean society) help boost and destroy individual self-esteem? (family members, classmates, bosses)
  • Does attractiveness affect one's success in life?
  • How are expectations and consequences of physical attractiveness different for men and women?
  • Is it better to be physically attractive, intelligent, or wealthy?
  • Do people spend much time and money on beauty?
  • Women, do you ever go out without any make-up? When?
    Men, do you have an opinion on how much make-up women wear?
  • What do you think about plastic surgery?
  •          - Would you (did you) ever have plastic surgery?
                  If so, what would you(did you) change?
             - Do you think there should be an age limit for people to have plastic  
               surgery?        How old?
             - Why do you think Korea is #1 in global plastic surgery?

    • Is your ideal of beauty different than your parents or grandparents?
    • Is it better to achieve the ‘perfect look’ or embrace your own unique look?
    • Do you think tattoos and piercings are attractive?  Why or Why not?
    • Are beauty pageants good or bad? Why?
    • What are some of the drawbacks of being very attractive physically?
    • Do you think skin color affects whether a person is regarded as attractive or not? Why?
    • How is the Korean,  Russian, or Chinese ideal of beauty different from other ideals of beauty?
    • Would you prefer to ‘age gracefully’ and naturally, or battle the toll of time by going ‘under the knife’?

    Plastic Surgery

    Highest Plastic Surgery Rates for 2009


    CountryTotal ProceduresTotal PopulationPP10K
    South Korea365,00049,232,00074
    United States1,300,000309,000,00042

    Global Statistics (From:

    Carla Bruni - Before & After

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Korean Culture Resources

    Hangul on Wikipedia


    Cultural Artifacts
    Proverbs, Sayings, & Folks Tales
    Blog Posts