I lived in South Korea. The place had a skin of its own.
I drank Pocari Sweat and ate a lot of seaweed.
I lived in a place where women keep their names when they get married but they don’t smoke in public.
In all business meetings, my collar was high but my shoes were off.
There was a pub two streets from me, which was next door to a church.
“This must be real life”, I thought.
I’ve now left Korea, but still have one eye on the peninsula and maintain this blog as a curation of musings and snapshots.
As the title says, I am a consumer of culture – but I like to play with my food. I am fascinated by cultural idiosyncrasies and enjoy dissecting the ideas and practices that construct them.
Now a journalist, this blog was a chronicle of my life as a writer in teacher’s clothing, where I penned my thoughts and experiences as a traveler in a fascinating country.
On the Edible Curios page, The Culture Muncher got literal as I wrote about some edible artifacts I stumbled upon.
On the Found in Translation page, I shared my encounters with Konglish both beautiful and strange, witty and whimsical.
One Shot features photos, links and brief musings on life in Korea. Each shot offers a dose of contemporary culture in Korea, a comment on current affairs, or an observation from the eyes of an expat.
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I am currently available to work on freelance writing and editing projects. You can check out more of my clips here, and a full portfolio of my journalistic work is available on request. If you would like to work with me, please contact me on devalee[at]theculturemuncher[dot]com