Rejoicing Over Suffering

[In an effort to buffer this blog with more personal and heart oriented content, I want to share devotional thoughts (mainly questions) as posts sprinkled within the analytical ones. Part of the reason for these is to curb my over-critical self, but even in these devotional post, I sense that the self-reflection will be in... Continue Reading →



Not having Sunday responsibilities for the time being, I've taken some time to explore church services around the city. If I may say so, it has been more of an educational experience than anything visiting churches not of the denomination of my church of membership. There were two small things that were noticeable in the... Continue Reading →

Trump Tweets are….

A pleasant visit by a former student this weekend had me re-reading her most recent blog post on her ability, gratitude, and guilt to live out her American dream as an American child of an immigrant. Check out her full post here: INHALE, EXHALE. It seemed timely with the most recent set of Trump tweets... Continue Reading →

Learning to Read

I was always good at math in grade school. Numbers were easy. They stuck like glue. Reading, on the other hand, was like Durian to a Western palate. At best, I was disinterested. Perhaps this was so because of the fact that English was my secondary language. Perhaps this was reinforced by the fact that... Continue Reading →

상탁하부정 (上濁下不淨)

윗물이 탁하면 아랫물이 맑지 못 하다. 다시말해 윗물이 맑아야 아랫물이 맑다는 뜻이다. 어릴쩍 아버지가 드라마나 영화속 악의 행위를 볼때 하시던 말씀이시다. 그 다음으로 많이 듣던 사자성어는 권선징악(勸善懲惡) 이었다. 아버지는 의를 참 좋아하신다. 의 뿐 아니라 긍정과 희망을 항상 염두해 두시는 분이다. 그러나 완벽하신 분은 아니다. 아버지의 아들로서 나는 공식적이지 않은 아버지의 모습들을 많이 보아왔다. 어느... Continue Reading →

What Do You Look For in the Opposite Gender?

.... is a question that is often asked when light-heartedly discussing potential boyfriends or girlfriends with undergraduate students and post-undergraduate folk alike. Many boys are often accused of chasing after outer 'beauty' during such discussions, to which the prepared ones defensively rebut, 'But that [outer beauty characteristic] is what I am attracted to.' Perhaps the... Continue Reading →

Noticing Injustice

The skyline filled with billboards of BTS (방탄소년단) and other famous celebrities glare down onto the streets of Seoul. The gray air filled with microdust 'imported' from the western lands breeze by the masks of people. On the ground, the streets are filled with couples, who love being a couple more than each other; with... Continue Reading →


기억하자. Dreams alone are not enough. 그저 꿈꾸는 것만으로는 오래 행복할 수가 없다. 그래서 나는 그 꿈을 이루고 싶었다. 승부욕이 강한 나는 일등을 하고 싶었고, 그것이 꿈을 이루는 것이라 생각했다. 그러다가 어느 순간 나의 경쟁상대는 '나'라는 생각이 들기 시작했다. 먹고 싶은 걸 모조리 먹어 버리고 싶은 나, 조금 더 자고 싶은 나, 친구들과 자유로운 시간을... Continue Reading →

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