Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Several of you have checked in to see how I'm holding up given the recent news regarding relations with our northern neighbor. Thank you for your care and concern! I am doing fine overall -moving forward with daily life and future plans, although feeling cautious and extra-alert, too. 

The escalating tension seems increasingly real. Although no one is really talking about it -and I feel like a jerk for bringing it up to anyone around here- there are some unmistakable signs:  more military helicopters and jets overhead, the headlines of various online papers... it's strange to me that no one wants to discuss it, but then again, there is a definite cultural tendency to keep thoughts and emotions bottled up. Of course, that practice can feel very stifling and frustrating to someone like me.

1 comment:

  1. Serious as this incident may seem, South Koreans are immune to all this drama by North Koreans. It is very sad that something like this has happened at least once a year for the past 60 years, ever since the division after the Korean war. Then the whole cycle begins; negotiations, NK apologize, SK sends some resources (usually food, although there's rumor that they sell that food and buy weapons), peace for a while and then NK does something awful again when they need something. It probably does not make any sense to others outside Korea. It is just a big waste of time, money and lives. My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones.