Powering through: Self-taught photographer Adam Czelusta
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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…

House of Sharing update, part 2: Reaching the world
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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…

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

The cats of Yongsan, part 1: How one military wife took on TNR
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The cats of Yongsan, part 1: How one military wife took on TNR

Kerri Burrows used to go hiking on Namsan every week. On one hike, she saw a poster about stray cats. She couldn’t read it very well, but one of her Korean friends translated. “And it essentially said, you know, the cats are part of our community, we want to take care of them, please don’t be…

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