My family and I first visited Korea in 2002. We have been back several times and view Seoul as a second home.
More recently, I have visited the DPRK twice. DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly called "North Korea" by the outside world. I serve as adjunct faculty member at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) where I taught summer school in 2012-2013. I plan to return and teach again in 2014.
The DPRK is a complicated and controversial place. The country is often in the news over various politial, miltary, and human rights concerns. I have opinions about these things but they are best shared in person, not on a website.
You may not know that Korea was strongly influenced by the West in the 19th century, so much so that Pyongyang was called the "Jerusalem of the East." I hope to play a small part in reconnecting the DPRK to the outside world and to its cultural and spiritual history.
저는 조선어를 조금 압니다, 하지만 잘 못합니다.
(I speak a little North Korean, but I can’t do it well)
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Here is my 2012 Multimedia class in the computer lab at PUST:
Follow this link to the English version of the traditional Korean folk song Arirang as sung at PUST in 2015.