Journal Entry: Sun Jul 24, 2016, 11:17 AM
It's been a while since I last updated so here's what I've been up to:
In mid-June I went to Korea to study language and culture. I just got back a few days ago. It was a refreshing trip and I was able to learn some basics of the language as well as see some other areas of the country I had not visited before. More importantly, I was able to spend time with my family again. It was good to see them. It troubles me that my parents are still worried that I blame them etc. for sending me to the USA to grow up, but I keep trying to reassure them that it is not the case.
Not that any place is perfect, but I told them my life was fine here. Life is difficult though for most people, anywhere. Rather than explain this to them, I just left it as "life is fine".
Regardless, this past visit left me wondering if I should teach English in Korea, primarily for business people (kind of had enough with kids). I don't really LOVE my job here and to be honest, education for children in NY is a rather volatile thing. The state keeps changing policies, adding more challenges etc. to the point that I don't think it's a good field for newer people to really pursue. I don't want to discourage anyone, of course. However, it's really messy at the moment. I don't know that I want to spend the next 25+ years working in NY as an educator, I'll be completely dead inside by that point.
Was Korea a perfect fit? No, nothing is perfect and I am well aware that I'm classified as an "overseas Korean" and not one of the mainland Koreans. I've already run into the confusion where mainland Koreans expected me to speak perfect Korean to them, but they didn't understand why I spoke English and European languages, with very little Korean. Expectations are different if you don't look Korean. Still, it's something to consider. I also realized the government wiped my existence form the country. If I were to work there and apply for dual citizenship, I would be able to have my identity reinstated. It's personal and I guess it doesn't make as much sense to others who are outside this kind of situation.
Anyway, lots to think about for the future. I just hope I can make a good decision and do something to bring more happiness to my life.
On the cosplay side of things: I'm attending AnimeUSA this fall and then just doing photoshoots or handing out with cosplayers outside of conventions. You have a better time and get better photos anyway. After that, I'm heading back to MagFest (one of the best events I've ever attended.)
Projects on the docket:
- Dio (Last Exile 2 version)
- Jadis (Chronicles of Narnia - Turkish Delight gown)
- More Star Wars derpage.
I hope all is well for every one of you watchers. Keep your heads up, life can be rubbish, but smile anyway. You'll make it. If anyone ever needs to talk etc., I'm here.