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Tune in to hear about life for foreigners and expats that make their home in Korea. We drink a little alcohol and discuss culture, news, events, travel, language, frustrations, and the joys of living in the Land of the Morning Calm.
||ExplicitEpisode 043: Do You Know Dokdo?||We welcome a new host and then dig deep into the topic of the disputed island of Dokdo and Korea’s seeming obsession with hating on Japan. New music in this episode was provided by the band Walking After U and their song Blind. Comments, tips,||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 042: Shipping and Handling||In this episode Steve and Dan discuss Korea’s affair with mail-order brides from SE Asia and the societal struggles Korea is having as a result. Dan also tickles our ear pussies with another installment of the Cunning Linguist and we’ve got great ne||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 041: The Dating Game||In this episode Steve and Teresa discuss tips and ideas for dating a Korean. If you’re in need of ideas or things to do to surprise your Korean partner, we’ve got some things in here that might help. There’s also new music from Southway,||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 040: Gimme!||In this episode Teresa tells us all about the culture of gift giving in Korea and some of the problems foreigners run into when they find themselves in those situations. We’ve also got new music from singer Aseul and her song Dazed,||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 039: Terrible 2s||In this episode Steve and Teresa kick back, go off script and discus the show, life, and anything else that comes up. It’s a free-for-all in this second anniversary show. Thanks to all of you who’ve kept listening to the show and welcome to all of o||5/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 038: No Means No!||Going off a story regarding an Australian woman who was raped while on holiday in Korea, Steve and Teresa discuss rape and sexual assault in Korea. They go over how Korea defines rape, how it’s sometimes handled by the authorities (hint: not very well||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 037 – What’s Up, Doc?||Upon the suggestion of a listener, Steve and Teresa delve deep into the topic of Korea’s National Health Insurance system. Is it any good? How does it compare to other Western countries? What are the strengths and weaknesses?||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 036 – Faptacular||Did you ever see a Korean porn video and wonder why it was so bad? Well in this episode Steve and Teresa sit down and talk about the sorry state of porn vids in Korea and how they came to be. There’s also some trippy new music from the band Tirikilato||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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,||2/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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,||1/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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!||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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.||11/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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 fore||11/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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 .||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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?||10/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 028 – You Don’t Know Jeong!||Steve and Teresa discuss the Korean concepts of Jeong (정), Han (한), and Nunchi (눈치), their meanings in Korean culture and whether or not they can really be defined in English. Teresa brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin’ and we’ve go||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 027 – K-Poppin’ Part. 2||In part two of this episode Steve, Teresa, and Eugene finish up our long talk about the K-Pop industry and also get to know more about Eugene and his podcast, Cafe Seoul. Be sure to visit their website at https://cafeseoulpodcast.wordpress.||8/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 026 – K-Poppin’ Part 1||In this episode Steve and Teresa sit down with special guest Eugene, from the podcast Cafe Seoul and talk all about the K-Pop industry, as well as a few tangents. We had so much fun with Eugene that we had split it into two parts.||8/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 025 – Your Privilege or Mine?||We’re back from our hiatus and Teresa and Steve talk about racism in Korea and the reaction of some foreigners on social media. Also, a lot of stuff in the news!||7/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 024: Down with the Cool Kids||In this episode Teresa tells us all about some of the popular phrases you can toss out with your Korean friends to look cool. Also how to take more stylish selfies. Lots of announcements at the top of the show. Plus, new music from Riot Kidz.||6/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 023 – GI Joe||Steve and Teresa talk a little bit about Korea’s behavior on the world stage and what role the US Military might play in their actions. Also, new music from Love X Stereo.||5/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 022 – Mo’ Money||In this episode Dan gives us some information about banking and investment in Korea. We’re also joined by Philip Brett from Angle Magazine and delve deep into the music and art of the southern half of South Korea. New music provided by The March Kings||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 021 – Go Home, You’re Drunk! Pt. 2||Here is part two of our drunk episode. Enjoy!||4/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 021 – Go Home, You’re Drunk Pt. 1||As befits our 21st episode, Teresa, Dan and Steve get drunk and go off-topic about whatever comes to mind. This is part one of a two part episode.||4/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 020 – Frenemies||In this episode talk about the fractured nature of the foreigner community in South Korea and we sit down with Brian and Hyelin from Stompy Ruffers, a company out of Deagu that is looking to create American-Korean cultural fusion.||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 019: Grab Bag||In this episode Steve and Dan clear out some of the smaller topics that we’ve been tossing around or that have been suggested by listeners, but which don’t justify a full show. Listen for new artist OopsNice and their song “Dandelion”.||3/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 018: I’m Home Momma||In this episode Steve and Teresa sit down with a special guest, Kim, who gives us some of her personal experiences with going back home after several years in Korea. Teresa also brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin’, and some news.||3/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 017: My Way Or The Highway||Teresa is off in Australia and Dan and Steve talk about the various modes of transportation around Korea. From the bullet train to local cabs that put the fear of gawd into you. In this episode we’ve also got new music from AZBus,||1/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 016: The Way Back Machine||Our first episode of 2015! We hop in the Way Back Machine and review some of our personal highs and lows for 2014 and talk about some of the more noteworthy news stories of the last year. Special guest James Anderson joins us to talk about The Land Of .||1/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 015: Almost 20 Questions||Teresa and Steve go through their list of almost 20 questions about Korean stuff. Then some news and how you can come join us in Seoul on Dec. 20th for the 2014 K-Blog Awards. Also, music from Nice Legs!||12/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 014: Hanky Panky||In this episode we talk about infidelity in Korean culture. Also, vote for us for podcast of the year! http://www.koreaobserver.com/blogawards/podcast/||12/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 013: U Mad Bro?||In this episode we talk about the bitter, angry expat. Are you one? What should you do if you meet one? Then we have Hallyu Doin’ with Teresa, and Dan, the Cunning Linguist. Also, new music from Kite Flying Robot!||11/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 012: Korea Boo!||Steve and Teresa talk about what scares them and go through some common Korean ghost stories and superstitions. Also, music from Baekma!||11/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 011: Why Buy The Cow||In this episode we discuss tying the knot in Korea. Teresa also fills us in on what’s going on in K-POP and Dan throws some language knowledge at us.||10/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 010: We All Go A Little Mad||In this episode Teresa and Steve talk about some of the things that can be a bit hard to get used to living in Korea, or that they just find annoying, unusual, or weird.||10/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 009: Home Crap Home||In this episode we go over some of the basics for getting an apartment in Korea. Also, a little more discussion about marijuana and In The News.||9/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 008: You Wanna Get High?||Everything you wanted to know about marijuana in Korea but were afraid to ask. Also, music from local band New Blue Death.||9/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 007: Have English, Will Travel||In this episode we talk about how to get a job teaching in Korea and we feature some local music by the band Love X Stereo.||8/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpecial Episode: Blackface||In this special episode of Korea Underground I interview journalist John Francis Power about his article on Korea’s use of blackface and also racism in Korea. Check the show notes at www.korea-underground.com for links about the topic.||7/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 006: Summer Lovin’||In this episode we talk about the ins and outs and the does and donts of dating someone from another culture. We weigh in with our perspectives and even throw some science at you. And Teresa brings us more news of K-Pop stars with another Hallyu Doin’||7/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 005: Home Brew!||In a first for Korea Underground, we interview Ed, a guy who runs a Home Brewing class, about making your own beer in Korea. He gives you a break down of the process and how to get set up while you’re living abroad in Korea.||7/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 004: Pack Your Bags: Summertime Travel in Korea||In this episode we talk about some of the top travel destinations in Korea during the summer months and also the best ways to get around. We also load you up with Korean World Cup facts and trivia. In the news: prostitutes and murderers!||6/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 003: Hit the Books: Should You Learn Korean?||In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of learning Korean if you’re here already or are thinking of coming to Korea. We also hook you up with a few resources and recommendations for getting started. And is one of our hosts a TV star?||6/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 002: Java The Hut: Korea’s Coffee Culture||In episode 2 we introduce a new member to the podcast and delve in to the dark roasted mysteries of Korea’s pervasive coffee culture. We also do a celebrity profile of Korea’s reigning CF queen and tell you what big events are coming up in the next||5/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Dance, Monkey! Dance!||The first episode is live! In our inaugural episode Dan and I talk about a teacher’s first day on the job and a general idea of what you can expect. In the news this episode, discrimination in Seoul bars and nightclubs and are you being ripped off by||5/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
These guys are great!
I have been studying Korean for longer than these guys have been alive. It is fun to hear them go through the same things that I did all those many years ago.
Keep it up! I will be waiting for more shows.
Give it a listen!
Liking the show so far - informative and entertaining! Easy listening.
I really like this podcast. The production quality is great, and it provides commentary on expat living in Korea without preaching to you. It's just the hosts giving you thier honest experiences in Korea.
I don't always agree with the commentary (for example, pot smells great!), but the show is always fun to listen to.