What Our Generation Lacks…

13 11 2009

One of my father’s favorite mantras is, “If there is a will, there is a way.” Knowing his personal history, he is one man who did live out this mantra, and in a way, still does. The 2nd generation Korean-American has a lot to learn from our parents’ generation but this area is a glaringly apparent one. If there was a phrase that would describe our fickle, lackadaisical generation, I would have to go with the Chinese proverb “‘作心三日” (pronounced in Korean reading  “jak-shim-sam-il”), meaning one’s heart’s decision lasts only three days. Determination, for whatever reason, is something our generation is very unfamiliar with. To learn from our elders, here’s an interesting (and funny) story on BBC News of a Korean lady determined to get her driving license. Why are we the way we are? Why do we lack such determination and persistence?

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16 12 2009
Elaine

hi paul!! hmm interesting because a chapter in a book I am reading for a paper might provide some explanations… it’s called “A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia” by David Eng and Shinhee Han. you should check it out!

anywayssss see you in korea =) puhaha get ready for some samgyubsalllll

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