For a long time, I had a hard time figuring out where to put myself. I am half Korean and Filipino + American (KoreanFilipino-American??).
I was raised in the jungle (playing under huge papaya trees and delicate star fruit trees) in Philippines (amazing memories), studied Korean culture when I was in grade school in Korea, and grew up in the states as a rebel (trying to figure who I was).
Everyone makes their own experiences from the same thing.
I came back to Korea because partly I didn't really know who I was.
I didn't fit in America - I graduated with a 4 year degree and didn't feel like I was born to work a 9-5 job and do what everyone was doing. I left the states to find myself.
I had no relatives in Korea (long story) - but I knew that I needed to be alone and figure things out on my own.
I hated being asked why I came to Korea when everyone wants to be in America.
I would get asked about my real heritage - I was an American, but not quite Korean looking... Koreans were damn curious.
It's a love and hate relationship, like your family/relatives. You love them, but sometimes, you just don't want to... It's like that. Korea is that to me.
But I've come to accept Korea for the great things.
I have an easy life here because I am Korean blooded (they keep my Korean name in my ARC btw as a reminder?). My visa is 3 years and I can do what I want (kind of).
I am also very fortunate that I don't have to work at a 9-5 job because I don't have to have a car/house(=tied down). I feel almost sick to my stomach thinking how that concept is the success platform of a college grad.
I can do what I want here (thanks also to my husband who supports my many dreams). Korea is a good place to start a business if you know what you're doing. Many Korean-Americans are changing the food scene for one. It's exciting to see the changes.
I've traveled well and seen a few countries being in Korea. I probably wouldn't have traveled much being in USA (media/money/life style?).
It's funny how it's just a perception. It took a while for me to get it.
I hope everyone makes the best out of everything given to them. Or just do what they want and be happy.
You know just be happy.
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