(By Moses Yoon) Before reading this article, take a brief moment to view the Konnect Magazine animated video on how NOT to respond with your Korean wife when she asks you to clean the house. The video may reflect the general attitude of Korean men and their role in the home. To all Korean men with a wife and/or family, are you helping around in the house? Do it, and your marriage will live!
Satisfaction Deferred – Our Korean Parents and the Pettiness of our Modern Complaining (By Paul Lee)
(By Paul Lee) It is the summer time. Â The weather is the warmer, sleeves and skirts the shorter, and offices increasingly the unbearable. Â For me, office days are limited as I will be relinquishing the cubicle for the library to begin my candidacy for a juris doctorate at Brooklyn Law School this August. Â The reality hasn’t quite hit me yet, but I’m trying my best to have fun, relax, reflect on how I got here, and conceptualize where I’d like to be in a few years.
For starters, I really thought I was going to be in law school a bit earlier. I thought I’d enroll at a higher ranked school. Â I didn’t think I’d have a string of various entry level jobs littering my resume at 26. Â I didn’t think the only real marketable skills I would have four years out of college would be masterful fluency in elementary, conversational Korean and being marginally proficient in Microsoft Office. Â For undergrad, I thought I’d be at Columbia, not NYU. Â I thought I’d have a 3.8, not a 3.2. Â I thought a lot of things and projected the future version of myself to be much more elevated than where I am today. Â Sad.
If any solace is to be found in my continuing level of mediocrity through my mid-20s, it is that many of my 20-something peers have been following somewhat of a similar path. Â Robin Henig of the NYTimes wrote an article in August 2010 whose title depicted our generation pretty well,Â “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” Henig characterizes the reason for such an article to be written inÂ multitudinous fashion including this idea from Jeff Arnett, a psychology professor, who believes that:
(By Moses Yoon) When I was a little Korean kid going to a Korean church, I remembered something very clearly – “That is one ugly looking bag.” I noticed that a whole bunch (nearly all) of ahjimahs from the church had these awful looking bags. I wasn’t into bags or anything really back then. All of the bags looked the same. The Korean ahjimahs seemed to love holding these bags for some odd reason. I related these bags to old Korean ahjimahs. (Please disregard this article if you actually own this bag. I hope you understand – really!)
Fast forward to 2011. Holy cow! Young Korean women in their 20s and 30s have them too! After college, I noticed these same looking bags from when I remembered in the 1980s! Doesn’t fashion change from decade to decade? Apparently not. But, man, they STILL look uuuuugly!