I recently discovered this piece that I wrote but never published last year. It seems to go hand-in-hand with our last post on Community, so this feels like the right time to release it into the world. — w There are many versions of Whitney. There’s the introvert, who can easily go days on end… Read More The Truest Form
Dear Omma, I see where you’re coming from. I know the culture you are steeped in. I know how you are shamed for sending me away as a newborn. I know how it haunts you 30+ years later. I also know that your society would assume you literally jump off a bridge than deal with… Read More Dear Omma
We are so honored to have as guest blogger this week Whitney’s literal lifesaver, Kristi Marshall. Our readers were first introduced to her in a recent series: Between Two Worlds, Seeking Help and Laying It All Out. There was a time in Whitney’s life when Kristi was her only safe person in the entire world.… Read More The Gift of Presence
Last week, Whitney shared about her eye-opening experiences with Koreans and their obsession with beauty. Click here to read the first installment of the series. During my first months in Korea, I was in denial. I so hoped that my students and supervisor were anomalies. That everyone in the country would not be so brainwashed… Read More Under the Knife
When I first arrived in Korea in 2010 as an English teacher, all fresh-faced and naïve, everything was a novelty. “Oh, that is so cute/funny/genius/interesting!,” I was declaring 738 times a day. I can’t pinpoint the exact day when all of the wonder and amazement was forever obliterated, but I think it was probably the… Read More What is Wrong With Your Face?