Dear America, a dispatch from abroad

I am a foreigner. And I was with Her. Many of us are – we’re just one of 8 million American expatriate citizens dotted across the globe. We have a strange relationship with America. It is our homeland, where we vote, where we visit family, and, sometimes, even where we vacation. But my true home is…

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….

Korea changes its postal codes

For all you online shoppers out there in Korea, this is an important announcement! The Korean postal service adopted a 5-digit postal code for all Korean addresses, effective since August 1, 2015. If you like to shop on Amazon or iHerb like I do, you’ll need to know your code to continue receiving packages at your…

Road fatalities in Korea

By Whit Altizer The Korea Herald runs some pretty fantastic graphic news photos. This one not so fantastic. Getting on the roads in Korea as a cyclist, pedestrian or driver is a bit of a leap of faith as people seem to be always pressed for time, and not taking into account they are essentially…