So goes the title of the article written by Cathy Garcia and currently the fifth most read story in Korea Times. It is nice to know that the KT is doing a series of interviews of the “leading members of Korea’s multicultural society” and rightly so they have Jasmine Lee, a fellow Filipino immigrant in Korea, as their first subject. Media outlets usually feature members of the multicultural society before and during Chuseok and Seollal. ;p
The interview, according to the article, was held last Monday in a coffee shop in Hongdae. The picture posted was taken on the same day and it’s nice to know that Jasmine is smiling. A few days ago she posted a message on her FB “life goes on”. Yes, life goes on for Jasmine. Fighting!
The article talks about Jasmine’s experiences from the first time she came to Korea to the time of her husband’s death. The content of the article is nothing new to me but they made me remember the way she tells stories. She’s just so lively.
My favorite part is: “For foreign spouses, she encourages them to make efforts to learn the language and to venture into Korean society, which she says are the keys to being accepted.
“There is a big difference between those who speak and don’t speak Korean. Especially when the children are growing up, they get annoyed when they speak better Korean than their mothers,’’ she added.”
Great advice for foreigners who are married to Koreans. Applicable too to those who are living here or who have been living here for a long time. Learning Korean might just make your life a little easier.