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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Little Grandfather

Deborah and I had a good rest of the week at school. It was an easy 3 day week thanks to the Chuseok holiday, plus some of the kids decided to skip because they had off from their regular school the whole week. Friday and Saturday night we went out for Chris's (a fellow teacher at Sylvan) birthday. We had a good time both nights going to a hookah lounge call Rainbow. Deborah can't hang so we had to leave around midnight both nights…. somethings never change. Rainbow is a neat and different place right in the middle of Gangnam that is filled with 50% foreigners.

I have this weird thing where I don't really like when there are too many foreigners in one place in Korea. I guess I like to feel "special." I've been having fun explaining the premise of the movie "Highlander" to Deborah and I always say that I'm gonna have to pull a Connor MacLeod when ever I see a foreigner in our neighborhood because there can be only one….look it up if you have no idea what I'm talking about.

Anyways, we met up with some of Deborah's cousins again this weekend. Her oldest cousin was telling us about how Deborah's Grandfather, Great Uncle, and Great Great Uncle were very important people in the setting up of the modern Korean Republic. I always knew that her grandfather was an important man in Korea, but I didn't know that he ran for president! We were told that they were so instrumental that her Grandfather and Great Uncle are part of a group of 13 men who are considered the founding fathers of Korea. Her Great Uncle (or "little grandfather" as it would be translated from Korean) is still alive and her cousin is going to have us meet him. He has done many amazing things in his life but he is currently an economics professor and historian at Tokyo University, which is considered the Harvard of Asia. We are both very excited to meet him and I'm sure I'll have a lot more to talk about once we do.

I was going to talk about E-mart tonight, but I think I'll save that for next time. It doesn't really flow after talking about Korean founding fathers, but if you want a preview, check out my youtube video to the right.

Thanks for reading,
yipy yip

2 comments:

  1. Heeerre we are (highlander theme)

    Seriously get some more facts on this Lil G. I want to know who we're talking about here. And need more pictures.

    Thought I'd let the two of you know that applications are away for Georgetown and George Washington. Ahhhh I hope they let me in.

    Jimmy

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  2. Yea! Grad school. To celebrate you getting in you need to come to Korea. Hell we can even go to North Korea! When I find out more about Deborah's family from her great uncle I'll let you know.

    Come visit….seriously.

    Love,
    Brian

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