The Line That Divides Us

By Whit Altizer On Tuesday, the Koreas held a meeting at a infamous resort in North Korea for families separated by the Korean war. For some, this meant seeing faces and hugging people they haven’t seen in 65 years. Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons and daughters laying eyes on each other for the first time…

Who Wrote Your History Book?

By Whit Altizer I’m finally putting my master’s degree to work this year teaching American history to international university students in Korea. I love it. I have Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and even an American student. They are active, engaged and ask interesting questions. This class has made teaching in Korea even more of a joy….

A Taste of Korean Hospitality

By Whit Altizer Biking through the Korean countryside always makes me fall more fiercely in love with this country. The masses of people, the identical apartment blocks, and the breakneck pace of the city often feels inescapable. But take a step just outside the clamor of the city and you’re hit hard with a different side…

The Importance of Looking Forward

By Whit Altizer I had the pleasure of teaching American History this semester to Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese students. Like all American history surveys, we studied from the beginning to Reconstruction in a whirlwind. It had been a while since I really thought about American history and I had never studied it from the perspective…

Cycling from Seoul to Busan (Day 3)

By Whit Altizer I just returned from a bike trip from Incheon to Busan last week. It was fabulous. It was easy to navigate, beautiful and a fantastic week spent in Korea with a couple of friends. Over the next week, I am going to blog about the daily logistics of my trip in hopes…

Bigeumdo

By Whit Altizer We’ve been going to Bigeumdo for a while now and never seem to tire of it. Surprisingly, for us, it has rarely been an easy trip there or back, but once you get to the island it all feels worth the effort. To be clear, it isn’t a place where you go…

Cycling from Seoul to Busan (Day 2)

By Whit Altizer I just returned from a bike trip from Incheon to Busan yesterday. It was fabulous. It was easy to navigate, beautiful and a fantastic week spent in Korea with a couple of friends. Over the next week, I am going to blog about the daily logistics of my trip in hopes that…

Cycling from Seoul to Busan: Day 1

By Whit Altizer I just returned from a bike trip from Incheon to Busan yesterday. It was fabulous. It was easy to navigate, beautiful and a fantastic week spent in Korea with a couple of friends. Over the next week, I am going to blog about the daily logistics of my trip in hopes that…