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Why my interesting in Korean? I have rationalized to myself that Korean has higher [marginal utility](!Wikipedia)/[comparative advantage](!Wikipedia) to learn compared to Chinese or Japanese.
There are nigh-infinite numbers of translators for Japanese stuff (most anime worth watching has fansubs, and even most classical Japanese literature worth reading has been translated at one time or another by folks like [Donald Keene](!Wikipedia)) and somewhat also for Chinese^[The population argument is even stronger for Chinese, but that's not a live option for me; things like ["Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard"]( and the notes by Arthur Waley or Giles and all the discussions of translations issues in the Chinese literature and histories and works like _Science & Civilization in China_ I've read have convinced me that learning Chinese is not a good use of time, and that I would give up part-way.], but there is remarkably little Korean.
This is surprising to a degree; Korea is a heavily developed country, well beyond China and comparable to Japan, with a complex recent history that ought to inspire much literature. We might expect $\frac{2}{5}$ as much Korean literature as Japanese because Korea (50 million) has $\frac{4}{10}$ the population of Japan (127 million), but there seems to be far less Korean literature. My local library stocks hundreds of Japanese works (no matter the genre or age) and perhaps 10-20 Korean works (I've looked), and doesn't seem unusual in that regard.
# Links & notes
link compilation:
- embassy locations: (NYC & D.C.)
- Visa:
- criminal background check:
completed background check: <>
- General:
- textbooks:
audio only:
- Vocab:
- Flashcards/vocab:
- Dictionary:
- "Let's Speak Korean"
Contract advice:
Job FAQs:
- advice:
- (Rowan apparently is the guy to ask for)
- People Recruit:
- Job search engine:
- aid:
- legal 'insurance': ([first apparent use](
- [Asian Correspondent: Korea Beat](
- [Ask a Korean!](
- [Ask the Expat](
- [Black in Korea: Jasmine Taiwo is Teaching for CDI in Jeonju, South Korea (blog - life in Korea)](
- [Brian in Jeollanam-do](
- [Chris in South Korea - Travel and life in Korea](
- [Gusts Of Popular Feeling](
- [I'm no Picasso](
- [Korea Real Time](
- [KTLIT](
- [Mark Russell's Website](
- [Monster Island (actually a peninsula)](
- [One Free Korea](
- [Roboseyo](
- [ryung068](
- [Scribblings of the Metropolitician](
- [Send Me To Korea](
- [The Ballad of the Sporting Rooster](
- [The Grand Narrative](
- [The Joshing Gnome](
- [The Marmot's Hole](
- [The Waygook Effect](
> Many people ask me about banking and I have found that using Korean Exchange Bank is the best way to sent money to the US. The commission is no more than 18,000 won and if you have an account with them, even less. Also they have something called an Easy One Remittance account. This account is linked to your American account and you can transfer money into this account via online banking in English! Here is the website: <>
- JAL apparently allows 70 pounds in checked baggage; my footlocker is just small enough (30x16x16 inches), and weighs 27 pounds, leaving 43 pounds for contents
- Seating guide:
- [English hotline]( local area code + 1330
- Scarf
- Towel
- Toothpaste (>=2 tubes), deodorant, dental floss
- A plug converter
- tea
- >=$500
- photocopies of passport, birth certificate, college degree, transcripts, letters of recommendation, TEFL/TESOL certificates, criminal background checks, several passport sized photos
- get cellphone:
- first day advice:
- teaching advice:
> Good planning would involve getting a professional headshot done of yourself and emailing to key schools and every recruiter email address that you can find, and email them repeatedly every 2-3 days until you get responses. Make sure you don't mass mail, as it looks tacky to some. Make sure you mention in your email subject line about your nationality and key selling attributes (usually age, appearance, and attitude are better than talking about how experienced or qualified you are) and when you'll be in Korea. As in: "Handsome 26 yr old Canadian in Seoul available after two weeks" or something to that effect. They get loads of emails a day from people that send nondescript subject lines like: "My resume" or "Applying for the Mokdong job".
> Try to line up as many contacts as possible, particularly with recruiters. Love them or hate them, they are in touch with schools all day and know more about what's currently available than if you were to look for schools on your own. Try to get cell numbers from as many contacts as possible, as recruiters and managers at schools are known for their lousy email management and response times. They're much better at answering cellphones
- Real resumes of applicants:
- US evacuation:
- 'Register yourself with your nation's embassy. Unless you really want to stay off the grid, this is the easiest way for the government to find you when you want to be found, and who to call in case SHTF. Click on your embassy's link above - they all have a way to register your stay in Korea with their office.'
- 'Essential Emergency Supplies
- A minimum three-day supply of lightweight, high energy, packaged ready-to-eat foods.
- Toiletries (toilet paper, soap, tissues, etc.).
- A 30-day supply of any critical medication.
- 'Essential Documents'
- Passports
- I-151 or I-551 Alien Registration cards ("green cards").
- Korean residency documents.
- Birth certificates.
- Marriage certificates.
- Certificates of Naturalization.
- Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.
- foster a cat?
- stay at a Buddhist temple: