By: Ryan Thompson
Random Story From a Random Day Living in Yeosu, South Korea
I was invited to visit an island off the Southern Coast of South Korea. The Korean teacher, who invited me, had basic conversational English skills; which is better than most in this small countryside city. The last thing I expected was a day of fluent English conversation. We met up with a group of Koreans. I was the only Westerner and the only one under thirty. Within the group were a few Koreans that grew up in South Korea, but emigrated to the United States. One of them was the definition of eccentric. He had worked as a professor in several universities throughout Canada and along the east coast of the states East Coast of the States. I couldn’t help but marvel at the history he had lived through. He had been a child during WWII, lived through the Korean war when it was a third world country; he had watched South Korea rise to almost top 10 economies in the world. Then, he moved to Canada and the United States to teach philosophy.