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01 Dec [Editing] The off switch

Being in the limelight isn't easy. Expat funnyman Sam Hammington reveals life behind the laughs [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_tabs style="horizontal"][vc_tab title="ORIGINAL" tab_id="1427199337-1-48"] Comedian, actor, reality star, funny man, husband and son. Sam Hammington is not just one of the above, he’s all combined, sometimes he’s funny, and sometimes he’s...

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01 Mar Expat superstars

Rising foreign performers reveal the world of Korea’s entertainment industry Published March 2014 in Groove Korea Story by Emilee Jennings and Elaine Ramirez Photos by Dylan Goldby Additional reporting by Sophie Boladeras Showbiz is one of the toughest jobs out there. The glamorous celebrity life, the thing the public sees,...

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01 Mar Just growing up

Published March 2014 in Groove Korea   Jake Patchett has learned the hard way that he is not always right. The fast-talking Brit admits he gets into trouble for being mouthy and stubborn. But a few learning experiences have taught him that sometimes you should listen to...

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01 Mar [Editing] Back to the real world

Never still, never complacent, the sky’s the limit for Pinnacle TheHustler [vc_row][vc_column width='1/2'] ORIGINAL "My message, everything that I’m about, is progress, forward movement, and not being where you were two weeks or two months ago. Get out of complacency. This country can feel like a bubble. It’s like...

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01 Feb [Editing] Korea’s black racism epidemic

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_tabs style="horizontal"][vc_tab title="Original" tab_id="1427197204-1-93"] Beauty Epps, of undetermined age and from Chicago, tells this story of being a black woman on the subway in Seoul. “Someone came up to me and said, ‘Africa’,” Epps says.  “I said in Korean, ‘No, migukin.’  She said, ‘No, Africa.’”  Which...

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01 Mar Is Korea’s EFL education failing?

Published March 2013 in Groove Korea   Kelly Choi is an 11-year-old entering fourth grade in Seoul’s Gangnam district. She spends some 10 hours studying in seven English classes every week — more than three-fourths the class time of all her other subjects combined, not counting homework. Statistically,...

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