Perception of a memory

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When I was little — maybe 6 or 7 years old — we had to bring photos to school for a project. I don’t recall exactly what we were doing. Probably something about a family tree.

My parents picked this photo for me to bring in. Although my father bought a nice camera after we immigrated to the United States, we didn’t have one back in Korea. Cameras were a luxury for the rich and we weren’t wealthy. So that means that my parents took me to a photographer’s studio in Seoul to get this shot.

I must’ve been about 3 or 4. I had on a nice dress. My hair was neatly combed and my bangs were pinned back. And I had on tights and western-style shoes, rather than the Korean rubber shoes (고무신), which my mother said I refused to wear.

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When it doesn’t happen to you

I may expound on this later when I have more time. And I don’t know why it took me so long to make this analogy. But when a person accuses another of being overly sensitive — or says that something that the latter experienced couldn’t possibly have happened — what (s)he really means is, “It has never happened to me. So, I can’t imagine it happening to you. Therefore, I don’t believe you.”

This is how I view parenthood sometimes. 

This is how I view parenthood sometimes. 

(Source: acidocasualidad, via themamalogues)

LOL! What you get when kids write the script and their dads act it out. This is so cute…and makes me want to buy a penguin. :-)

Anonymous asked: hey :) i really like your blog! i am looking for some advice. i plan to (possibly) double-major in international relations and linguistics next year. i am fluent in french, and have recently become very interested in the korean language, because it is so linguistically logical and beautiful. in this vein, would it be culturally appropriative of me to take classes in korean without taking classes in korean culture? i just don't want to be lumped in with all the koreaboos :(

semprebrava:

lostintrafficlights:

Nope!

What does anon mean by more “logical”? As a forth year linguistics student, I dont think its true that any language or grammar is more or less logical than any other other…. its pretty subjective, and all languages conform to rules of “universal grammar” anyway. I know that the korean writing system was designed by a linguist, so it doesn’t contain anywhere near English’s ambiguity when it comes to pronunciation (from what I know of korean anyway)…

but yeah.. just seems a weird statement. I’m curious what Anon means by this… It just sounds like a weird justification to me

This past fall, when Koreans celebrated the 567th birthday of Hangul, there were several articles in the mainstream media professing why Hangul is one of the most logical languages out there. (The most logical language? I dunno.) I remember “liking” them on Tumblr and perhaps even reblogging them. A quick Google search found these two in the Economist and Script Source.

I’m going with lostintrafficlights' original answer. I am not a linguist. Just a person who learned to speak English as a second language—and later learned to read and write (low level) Korean… I'll offer my two cents based on learning and now teaching those two languages to my child.

I help my son do his kindergarten homework (in English), as well as his Korean school homework every day. I am somewhat educated and have a masters degree. And yet it’s very difficult for me to explain to my kindergartener why English is the way it is. It makes very little sense. Yet I can easily explain how to write/read words in Hangul. It’s not 100% consistent, but it seems more consistent than English to me.

I’ve always maintained that English is a very difficult language to learn, although — to me, personally — English is easier for me to use now because it’s my dominant language. But it isn’t logical. As a little girl, I asked my father why p-o-l-i-s-h spelled both polish (as in polish the furniture) and Polish (as in the natives of Poland). What the hell?

And this comment isn’t aimed at either of you, but I’ve been seeing questions like this on FB and Twitter and here, of course. And I always think, why does anyone need to justify wanting to learn another language? I live in a country where most people wouldn’t dream of learning a second language. I welcome it for whatever reason. If this person is a Koreaboo, I don’t care. If this person is culturally ignorant/ethnocentric at a certain level (and I’m not saying (s)he is), perhaps learning the language will get them to learn more about the world in general and Korea in particular. That’s a good thing.

The Anon who asked the question says she’s fluent in French (and I’m assuming English). She has a knack for languages. I don’t know why he/she is even asking for permission or if it’s problematic. Learning is never problematic.

themamalogues:

robot-mama:

30 Days of Mommy Meals » Peanut Blossom
If anyone had showed up at my door with food in the month-and-a-half after my daughter was born, I probably would have cried. There were so many days when I barely ate anything all day because we didn’t have food in the house, and I was so overwhelmed by the new baby, I had a hard time getting out of the house to go grocery shopping or to go out to eat. This is such a nice idea.

This is awesome. We didn’t have any meals delivered when Harry was born - though 2 aunts sent an Edible Arrangement each. And folks sprung for pizzas when they visited. Our family association does 2 weeks of meals for new babies and you bet yer ass I’ll be jumping on that train with baby #2!

My friends and neighbors brought meals for us every two days for almost two months.  It was such a lovely gift not to have to think about making meals. When I make meals for my friends, I always include them in recyclable or disposable containers. In some instances, I sent meals in cookware I no longer wanted/needed and told them to keep them or give them away to someone else.

themamalogues:

robot-mama:

30 Days of Mommy Meals » Peanut Blossom

If anyone had showed up at my door with food in the month-and-a-half after my daughter was born, I probably would have cried. There were so many days when I barely ate anything all day because we didn’t have food in the house, and I was so overwhelmed by the new baby, I had a hard time getting out of the house to go grocery shopping or to go out to eat. This is such a nice idea.

This is awesome. We didn’t have any meals delivered when Harry was born - though 2 aunts sent an Edible Arrangement each. And folks sprung for pizzas when they visited. Our family association does 2 weeks of meals for new babies and you bet yer ass I’ll be jumping on that train with baby #2!

My friends and neighbors brought meals for us every two days for almost two months. It was such a lovely gift not to have to think about making meals. When I make meals for my friends, I always include them in recyclable or disposable containers. In some instances, I sent meals in cookware I no longer wanted/needed and told them to keep them or give them away to someone else.

Mr. Rogers

I was drinking some orange juice tonight and I wished I had a cupcake to eat, too.

I remember watching Mr. Rogers make a snack one day. This was an era when snacks weren’t necessarily supposed to be healthy. So, parents didn’t freak out that he was adding whipped cream to a chocolate cupcake and washing it all down with a tall glass of orange juice.

Even though I knew I’d hate that combination, I tried it, too. (I did hate it. Juice and desserts just don’t go together.)

As a kid, I never liked children’s shows like “Sesame Street,” “Electric Company” or “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” But I remember always liking him

What was your favorite childhood show?

deathtoclones:

sequinedstrawberries:

blackwomenasianmen:

Yellow Wedding Editorial Shoot

Photographer- Sofia Negron

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I wonder if the models are really friends or something because at first I thought it was real. They look so happy together~

I guess that’s why some people are models and others, like me who couldn’t fake it worth a damn, are not.

I want that hat. I must wear something like that if/when I get married… Whole photoset is gorgeous.

THROWBACK THURSDAY | So. This happened. 18 years ago! It’s Noel Gallagher of Oasis reading my book about the TV show “Friends.” I know. It looks like he’s sleeping. That’s my crap photographic work on display. But I assure you that his eyes were open and he was pretend-reading the book. (He told me he liked Jennifer Aniston.) Anyhow, I was supposed to interview Noel and his brother, Liam. But they got into a spat. Quelle surprise. The article I wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times. 

THROWBACK THURSDAY | So. This happened. 18 years ago! It’s Noel Gallagher of Oasis reading my book about the TV show “Friends.” I know. It looks like he’s sleeping. That’s my crap photographic work on display. But I assure you that his eyes were open and he was pretend-reading the book. (He told me he liked Jennifer Aniston.) Anyhow, I was supposed to interview Noel and his brother, Liam. But they got into a spat. Quelle surprise. The article I wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times.