I've blogged/talked before about our efforts to seamlessly incorporate our son's culture and heritage into our lives. One way we're doing that is by increasing our awareness and knowledge of the Korean American "scene." We've been subscribing to KoreAm Journal for about a year now, and it never ceases to amaze me when I read it. It's the perfect mix of popular culture, food, products, history, heritage, and information. And, it always provides topics of discussion for Doug and I. I can't tell you how many times we've said to each other "Did you see in KoreAm..." But lately, I feel like every other day I use a piece of knowledge that I've gleamed from there. For example:
I was watching AnthonyBourdain's No*Reservations where he explores the outer boroughs of NYC. Where's one of his stops? Korean restaurant Sik Gaek in Queens. Who did he go there with? None other than David Chang of Momofuku fame, who was the cover story in the June issue! [Favorite quote from that No*Reservations episode? "Of all the world citizens, Koreans seem to have fucked up their food culture the least."]
I can't tell you how many times situations like that come up. Aside from the obvious benefits of the Korean focus, I feel better educated about life in general because of this magazine.
And in this issue alone I learned:
- that Jenna*Ushkowitz, who is on one of our new favorite shows Glee, is ... a Korean adoptee.
- there's a Shin-Soo Choo bobblehead available. (Choo plays for the Cleveland Indians)
- the Shoreham hotel where I stayed when we went to NYC is owned by a Korean.
- about one of my new faves, clothing [and housewares] designer Christina Kim.
- how Seoul is trying to become greener with a "park boom."
- of five new books to add to my list to read. One of them was already on my list from Krista who blogged about it, The Calligrapher's Daughter. The others are:
[We Married Koreans: Personal Stories of American Women with Korean Husbands]
Obviously not something I directly relate too, but it sounds like it might have some good stories. It includes tales by American women who married Koreans when the anti-miscegenation laws were still in effect. History and Love - all in one.
A "mosaic of stories about the American dream," this book takes a harsh look at the lives of Korean immigrants in the San Francisco area. I'm really looking forward to this since I think it will give an insight I haven't really been exposed to.
[The Sure Thing: The Making and Unmaking of Golf Phenom Michelle Wie]
I think it's pretty self-explanatory what this one is about... and very timely, don't you think?
Pay attention Kelly! This one takes place in "today's" South Korea. (As opposed to historical South Korea.) It's a tale of depression, vengeance, and seduction that was an instant bestseller in South Korea. If you are looking for "raw emotion" this is supposed to be your book!
Speaking of which... I should have a September issue coming soon...