Seoul’d Out

One more day. One more adventure. One more learning experience. One more blog post. And of course one more bus ride. Tomorrow is our last full day in Korea before we leave on Tuesday. It's over. A quick 20 days in and around Korea went by faster than I could have imagined. Our days were packed with learning experiences and our bodies have been filled with enough Korean chicken and Korean barbecue to fatten us up in this frigid, cold weather. After living in Korea for a mere 20 days, I've had my fair share of time to compare my life in the States to the lifestyle here in Korea. It surprised me when I realized what I missed most about the US: the diversity. I have seen so few white people here, so few black people here and I have yet to see a latino here. Yes I have learned more about Asian countries and Asian people of this world by being here, but I want to look around and see something different. As we walk through the markets and the streets, almost every store front has the same fabric for sale, the same phone cases, the same clothing, the same seafood, the same chicken and the same coffee. I was so accustomed to living in the States where so many cultures have combined into one and how so many different races walk together on the street. I'm not saying Korea is boring and too monotone, but I am saying that I love the different colors of the US. Almost all Koreans drive a white, black or gray car that is never older than the 2000's and is usually a Hyundai. I drive an old Volvo 850 wagon with orange trim. I like a filling meal with one main thing, such as a burger, Koreans seem to like one communal pot or pan of food and a lot of side dishes that everyone eats from. What I'm getting at is I see how American culture is all about being different and showing others how we are different than the man or woman standing next to me. We all have different backgrounds and different cultures but we come together under one flag. But in Korea I have seen primarily one race with similar attitudes and similar tastes and similar activities. Going back to the US might be a culture shock for me because I won't see just one culture, but many that come together as one. But learning about Korea has pushed me to think more about my neighbors who are different than me. I will see my Greek neighbor and I will wonder how they run their family and what they eat. I will see my Mexican neighbor and want to know their story. I will see my Chinese neighbor and want to know how they respond to their elders and people of authority. The Korean people have caused me to think more deeply about how one persons actions might be very offensive to another person who grew up in a different culture. So as Americans, with many different cultures living in one country, we have a task to actively care about our neighbors and respect their cultures with a Christ-like attitude. Logan VP  

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