Let’s talk about North Korea

On this piece, guest writer Rob Defina looks into how South and North Korea came to be, why they’re able to coexist ~peacefully~ (but with constant tension), how the situation is perceived by Koreans and Westerners, and the uncomfortable uncertainty the future holds. 

A glimpse into my book

My first word baby will be out later this month – both in eBook and print format. I wrote it in English and Spanish to honor my origins and pay tribute to my grandpa, Nanito. I’m sharing one of the many special stories he shared with me. This one is close to my heart because it’s a testament to my grandpa's curiosity and willpower. 

Ami Kim: Songwriter & Sonic Alchemist

Ami Kim is a South Korea-based musician, sonic alchemist and spiritual ninja by way of North Carolina. Ami often incorporates influences from American soul, folk, hip-hop, jazz and electronic music into her craft as she explores topics ranging from love, to social equality, to spirituality and metaphysics. 

Why I wrote a book

This approaching May marks the 5th anniversary since the departure of my querido grandpa, Nanito. He was one of the most important, perhaps the most important man in my life. He meant the world to me. To commemorate his life, I will publish my first word baby as a tribute to his legacy. This book is a labor of love for my grandpa, for my family, for my community, for myself.

Why corridos matter

Corridos are a narrative style of Mexican music that date back to the Mexican Revolution, in the early 20th century. This genre of music, akin to a ballad, was a way for news of battles and victories to travel from one part of the country to another. Instead of perishing with the war, corridos have evolved over time and adapted to reflect the themes affecting modern life both in Mexico and parts of the US. This style of song remains popular today.

 

On love & relationships in S. Korea

For the blog’s first guest piece, Rob Defina dives into the intricacies of romantic love, S. Korea’s obsession with coupledom, the superficiality that often accompanies these relationships, and SoKo’s conservative take on sex. This marks the beginning of a guest writer series in which a variety of topics will be explored.