Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Waegs who have been in Korea for the long term know that sometimes keeping steady and sane can be a bit of a trial.  In many cases, the long term waeg resident is socially isolated with few friends of their own group and few opportunities to connect with their own culture and language in meaningful ways.

This is not to say that these same waegs don't have fulfilling lives; you learn the language, you make friends with the locals, you adapt.  But there still are times when you start to feel things becoming a little distant, like you're out of it.  Whether this general sense of malaise is characteristic of only expats in Korea, or of expats in every country, I can't say for sure, but I'd guess it is true in many cases worldwide.  I'd also guess that the degree or frequency of discombobulation depends on how accepted into the host culture the expat is and their age when they made the move, in that younger people can adapt more easily.

Regardless, it's when they're feeling beside themselves when waegs will often do crazy shit.  When you see that long term waeg neighbor get that look in his eye, best to either take him out and get him drunk or lock the door and hide the women.

How to avoid becoming too disassociated?  Head back home every so often, make good friends with both locals and other waegs, don't get too stuck in the same routine or bubble.  Stay healthy, keep busy, be productive.

But whatever you do, don't punch the baby.

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