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Ted Wallin

After Korea: Professor Ted Wallin from Syracuse, New York

There’s a catchy song about train safety that takes me back in time, back to Professor Ted Wallin’s marketing class at Sejong University in Seoul.  Professor Wallin taught in the Sejong-Syracuse MBA program for more than six years before retiring in 2016. His going-away party was streamed on social media, and that’s how I found …

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Adam at an art show

Powering through: Self-taught photographer Adam Czelusta

Adam Czelusta and I first crossed paths around 2014, when we both did some work for Groove magazine’s 100th edition. I got to interview human rights champion Yiombi Thona, and Adam’s photography accompanied the article. Later, Adam graciously allowed me to use one of his photos with my follow-up blog post.  More recently, when revamping …

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A work of art at the House of Sharing near Seoul, depicting butterflies on a rocky wall

House of Sharing update, part 2: Reaching the world

On Wednesday, May 5, protesters gathered outside the former site of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul as they do every Wednesday. The turnout may have been higher because of the Children’s Day holiday. They were calling for justice for the survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery — for Japan to make a genuine apology, acknowledge …

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Cat

The cats of Yongsan, part 2: Doing the most good

Despite its increasing popularity as a humane, effective way of controlling feral cat populations, trap-neuter-release has its detractors. Cats get in people’s trash, said Kerri Burrows, who spearheaded the TNR project at Yongsan Garrison along with Nabiya and the Korean Veterinary Medical Association. “Cats that are unaltered get into fights. All that kind of stuff, right?” …

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Yiombi Thona in Seoul

‘Lift them, don’t shift them’: Refugee activist Yiombi Thona

It was an honor to interview Yiombi Thona in 2014 for a special issue of Groove Korea to commemorate the magazine’s 100th edition. The theme was “100 expats who made a difference in Korea.” Even though the resulting article had to be cut short to fit the tight space, I’m happy to say Yiombi’s human …

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