When meeting students around campus or speaking with them individually for the first time they often ask one particular question: “What is your impression of Korea?” The question always comes across quite keenly even though it may have been made clear I have only been here for a limited time. At first I was thrown a bit askew because it seemed an odd question to ask someone who had such limited knowledge of the country. However, I quickly began to recognize it as a display of how proud Koreans are of their country, and how keen they are for the impression to be a good one. The question never comes across in any manner of boasting. Instead, I always get the feeling the inquirer is anxious and hopeful for a favourable response and looking to imprint a positive impression of Korea on me in his or her own way. My response is always truthful and I am open in saying the people of Korea have been very kind and helpful, leaving me with a positive impression so far. In turn, I am impressed with their question and recognize them as people who care about the impression their country and culture leaves upon visitors.
-Excellent discussion in Culture, Film & Conversation club this evening. Heroes & Role Models – featured introducing Terry Fox.
-Terry Fox run on Sunday: walk, run, often you can choose your distance – some places even have cycling – get out there!
–drumming performance: WOW.