Poems

Five Sijo : By Tim Kahl

The Korean Sijo is an antiquated form in Korean poetry that was prominent in the late fourteenth to early fifteenth century. It was typically sung (each line containing four metric segments —what are called hemistichs—with a minor pause at the end of the second segment and a major one at the end of the fourth).  […]

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Essays, Stories

The Sky is the Limit : By Edna Chiclana

Before I moved to the U.S in 2002, I received a call from Korean Air. Yup, I was applying for a job as a flight attendant, once upon a summer back in 1997. At the time I was still living in Indonesia. When the phone rang, I was quite worried, traumatized by my failed attempt […]

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Essays, Stories

How about a cup of tea? : By Serena Paver

At age 23, I drowned at the bottom of a teacup. Dissatisfied with the strange lack of emotion I experienced in most of my relationships, I had decided to move to South Korea. I crossed two oceans in a series of metal containers, a journey that collectively took 40 hours and 20 minutes, and found […]

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Stories

Korean Clown : By Jeffrey Skoblow

                                                                                                 The Korean clown performed a little ritual before beginning his act.  It was not entirely clear at first that he was the performer. Four musicians took their positions with their backs to us, facing an open field in front of the river. Three men wearing traditional celestial blue gowns and black Korean gats—a  high cylinder on top […]

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