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02 Apr [Editorial] You can make a difference, too

Published February 2015 in Groove Korea When Daniel Payne came to Korea in 2003, he was conflicted. As a 23-year-old divorcé struggling with balancing his religion and homosexuality, he found no sympathy from the local Christian Church. But years of questioning God led him to realize a...

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02 Apr [Editorial] Onward and upward

Published in November 2013 in Groove Korea One of Groove Korea’s most difficult times in recent months involved Matt Lamers telling me to get lost. The editor-in-chief and I were arguing over the editing on a feature I had been writing for tireless months, and that he had...

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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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01 Sep Final days of Kari Bowerman & Cathy Huynh

Published September 2012 in Groove Korea News of two Korea-based English teachers who died while backpacking in Vietnam in late July and early August has shaken the local expat community. Friends Kari Bowerman, 27, of the U.S. and Cathy Huynh, 26, of Canada had just begun...

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01 Aug [Editing] Two roads to art

The journey of an artist For an artist, sometimes the creative process is inspired by curiosity, wonderment, awe of their subjects or surroundings. Other times it is fueled by reactions to love, life, pleasure, pain, culture or society. This month, Groove Korea examines the journeys of two...

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