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In From our correspondent. Location Seoul Sang-Ah Yoo describes how to live and work as a correspondent in South Korea. It is a story about journalism and personal impressions and experiences in a country, which she knows by her origin. Still, she is surprised by the supermodern and yet deeply conservative society.
Taxi driver: "Hey, you come from abroad?"
Taxi driver: "Are you from Japan?"
Taxi driver: "China?"
Taxi driver (looks in the mirror): "You look like you are from Korea."
Me: "My parents are Korean. They emigrated to the Netherlands when I was a baby. I am a kyopo (which is a Korean who was born in Seoul, but grew up abroad). "
Taxi driver: "The Netherlands. Ah, Guus Hiddink!
Then, depending on the taxi driver:
"Then you speak Korean well, for someone who grew up in the Netherlands." Or:
"Then you speak Korean miserable, for a Korean."
Yoo Sang-Ah came to the Netherlands as a baby with her parents and big sister. She studied history and Korean at the University of Leiden. She was correspondent in Korea from 2004 to 2007 for Trouw, het Financieele Dagblad and the Belgian newspaper De Tijd. She discovered a very traditionally minded society, full of the newest, most expensive and most progressive technological feats. A fascinating account of a familiar, yet utterly alien world.
Signing on Vakantiebeurs 2009
Sang-Ah autographed her book on Saturday, January 17, 2009 between 11:00 and 15:00 on the state of Shilla Travel, during the holiday fair, hall 1 F109.
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