Eatyourkimchi has become my recent obsession. Its a foreign start up company in Seoul, South Korea that is run by a Canadian couple, Simon and Martina Stawski. The couple moved to Bucheon, South Korea some six years ago to work as ESL teachers at Korean public schools. They created a blog and Youtube channel dedicated to their Korean assimilation and culture. The company has since grown, putting out content daily via social media.
On mondays, one can expect a video about Kpop (Korean pop music), in which they review a recently released song, or interview Kpop artists such as Neon Bunny or 2NE1. Then on wednesdays, they do TL;DR videos which are viewer questions answered. These are very interesting because they expose “foreigners” to Korean customs, a how to on getting by in Korea without speaking the language, and explaining the process of going to a Korean bath house. Thursday videos are my favorite because these are either FAPFAP (Food Adventure Program for Awesome People) or WANK’s (Wonderful Adventure Now Korea). The first mentioned, are videos of local Korean cuisine (Korean Shabu Shabu or Samgyeopsal for example) and Korean inspired cuisine, such as Koreanized Chinese food or “Western” pizza. Fridays are dedicated to LiveChats on Google+ Hangouts, and on Saturdays they do a segment called WTF Korea (Wonderful Treasure Find), where they review “odd” finds such as Melon Milk or Yogurt Doritos. Finally, they end off the week with Korean Indie Playlist on Sundays.
I really enjoy watching their videos and learning more about Korean culture. It has even sparked my interest in learning about its counterpart, North Korea. I recently watched these two documentaries about the harsh conditions in North Korea, which are a stark dichotomy to thriving South Korea.
In addition, I’m looking into studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea next summer, at Ewha University, seeing as I’m becoming obsessed with all things Korean. I think its really cool how a start up company in South Korea can reach an international audience. It really emphasizes the power of social media and the internet. Side note: South Korea has the fastest internet in the world. If you like watching travel shows or are interested in learning about Korean culture, I definitely recommend http://www.eatyourkimchi.com or http://www.youtube.com/simonandmartina.