A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 3, September 2019

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Martin Duguay
Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk, South Korea


An expat in South Korea can be rather conspicuous, especially one who lives in a small village. Yet, I’ve never been made to feel that way. The day I moved into my house, my next-door neighbor came over to help me start my furnace. Since then, I have sought his advice before beginning any renovations. Then there are the elderly ladies quick to praise my efforts at painting the garage door or putting in a new deck. They compliment me on how the house looks so much better. And what can I say about the friendly farmer bound to invite me to share a bottle of makgeolli whenever I walk by his field? Although I don’t know much about the man, there's something in his cordial manner and mischievous smile that makes me want to find out more. I should take him up on his offer next time.

sweet rice wine . . .
the grandiose stories
you share

Note: Makgeolli is a traditional rice wine enjoyed by people from all walks of life in South Korea.