Feb 13

Episode 035 – Takin’ Care Of Business – Show Notes

Here’s the article about Korea’s productivity woes that Dan and Steve discussed.

Seven Reasons Why Korea Has the Worst Productivity in the OECD

Dan brought us some new Korean terms in his Cunning Linguist section.

네 알겠습니다 – yes, of course!  (the only answer to every question)
팀장님 – team leader
지금 하겠습니다 – yes, right away!
조금 더 빨리 해주세요 – do it faster!
야근 – ‘night work’
퇴근 – ‘leaving work’
출근 – ‘beginning work’
연차/월차/반차 – paid vacations: yearly, monthly, half day vacation
성과급 – bonuses
정규직/계약직/비정규직/알바 – different types of contracts: tenured/yearly contract/non-tenured or irregular/temp work

Music in this episode was provided by Dongmyo Police Box. You can get more information about them on our Featured Artist page and head over to their Soundcloud page to hear it again.


Feb 11

Episode 035: Takin’ Care of Business

In our first new episode of 2016 Steve and Dan discuss Korean corporate culture and how things work on the inside and why Korea has the worst productivity in the OECD. And since we were lucky enough to get Dan on the show, we’ve got some cunning linguistics for you. Check the show notes to get the full text and translation. In this episode we also feature new music by the band Dongmyo Police Box. Get their information on our Featured Artist page and show them some love. Happy 2016 everyone!




Jan 11

Episode 034 – Testing, 1, 2, 3

In this vacation episode we hear Steve and Dan’s very first recording effort. Previously thought long deleted, this was the test recording Dan and I did to see how we sounded together. It’s raw, we’re sloppy, the sound quality is sub-par and I was still figuring out editing in Garageband but listening to it again after all this time made me oddly nostalgic. Enjoy!



Dec 16

Episode 033 – Wrappin’ It Up

In the final episode of the year Teresa and Steve talk about their highs and lows of 2015, some big news items, and our Christmas traditions. We’ll see you all back in 2016! Have a great holiday and thanks everyone for a great year!



Nov 19

Episode 032 – Pumpkin Eater

Steve and Teresa sit down and discuss whether or not Korea has a problem with cheating and plagiarism. We also talk a little bit about the big protest that happened last weekend in Seoul and what got people so pissed. We’ve got some great new music from Korean artist Shirosky and her song Tie Dye.



Nov 05

Episode 031 – Death of a Korean

In this year’s Halloween episode Teresa and Steve talk about death. We discuss our thoughts on it and then discuss Korean burial traditions. We look at how it was done in the past and how it’s changing in modern times as well as what happens to foreigners that might die here. Also in this episode we’ve got new music from Yumi with her song ‘Because of You’. Check the Featured Artist tab on our website to find more information about her.



Oct 16

Episode 030 – No, You Make Me A Sandwich! Show Notes

Here is a list of the articles I sourced when researching information about the role of women in Korean society.



Hallyu Doin!

Korean singer IU is in the midst of a minor scandal as she has confirmed that she’s dating a much older man, singer Chang Kiha. She’s 22 and he’s 33. 

장기하 (Chang Kiha)



























More info here.

In The News

Pregnant woman assaulted on the subway.
Korea to Tax the Churches.

Music for this episode was provided by Tanemotion and the song was called Possessed. Find more information about them on our Featured Artist page. Here’s the video of the track we played on the show.



Oct 15

Episode 030 – No, You Make Me A Sandwich!

Steve and Teresa sit down and discuss the state of women and gender roles in Korea. We cover how Korea came to be such a strong patriarchal society and also how things are finally changing for the better. Teresa brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin! with some shocking news about the Korean singer IU, and we have awesome new music from Korean band Tanemotion.



Oct 04

Episode 029 – GTFO?

Dan returns for this episode and we talk about whether or not younger people thinking coming to Korea should look at ESL as a viable option. Also, if you’ve been here for a few years, is it time to get out while you can?



Sep 10

Episode 028 – You Don’t Know Jeong! Show Notes

Lots of things were covered in this episode. Below is the list of resources I used for Jeong, Han, and Nunchi.

Jeong (정)

Jeong in Clinical Psychology
Eugene’s Blog on Jung and Han
Blog from Rj Koehler
A blog making the case that Jeong is not real

Han (한)

Scott In Exile



Here’s the video about misunderstanding Jeong we talked about during the show.


In The News

Man Sees Girlfriend’s Real Face for the First Time
Korea’s Proposed Sex Education Standards

Hallyu Doin’

Teresa spent some time gushing over Korean singer Zion T in this episode. Here’s one of his songs.

Music this episode was provided by Tierpark and the song was called Bullfight. You can find all their information over on our Featured Artist page.

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