|A Korean dish: Bibimbap|
The People: Korean people are an interesting group. Koreans are fiercely loyal to their families, and intensely proud of Korean accomplishments; the Korean national identity is very strong. Students in my class were dismayed when I told them that many people around the world don't realize how modern Korea is, but the class erupted in cheers when I told them that my best friend drives a Hyundai Tucson, and that my television back in Canada is a Samsung.
I would be remiss if I didn't comment briefly on the events of this past Tuesday. Supposedly in response to military exercises conducted by South Korean forces, North Korea launched a barrage of artillery shells against a South Korean island, Yeonpyeong. The attack resulted in the deaths of two Korean marines and two civilian men and the destruction of a number of South Korean homes. South Korea returned fire to the north with 88 artillery shells. Damage and casualties in the north is unknown. It is important to remember that incidents between the two Koreas happen on a regular basis. This particular attack is a little different in that it is the first time civilian targets have been hit; however, it is by no means the most severe attack to happen. Please know that we are completely safe and sound here in Seoul!
|Defense Minister Kim Tae-Young|
resigned after criticism
|Yeonpyeong Island after NK shelling|
|Two marines and two civilians |
were killed on the island
Tonight, however, will be cause for celebration. I've signed up to a Thanksgiving dinner, put on by the meetup.com group "Seoulite." Originally, a few friends were going to come with me, but they unfortunately had to back out. I guess I can share the bottle of wine I got us with some new friends I meet there! I think it will be a lot of fun, and I'm really looking forward to turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Can't wait! Pictures to come!