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It’s a beautiful spring day at Hanyang ERICA. The cherry blossoms are blooming, and the road to school from the dormitory is closed off, so that pedestrians are safe to take photos with the flowers.

A large “LOVE” sign made of hollow metal is placed in the center of the road for some fun, interactive photos.

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Can’t have that.

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Much better.

The Koreans like to get creative like this with signs, I’ve seen. One friend showed me the letters stacked to make a person. Here’s to more Korean silliness with the alphabet! I’d like to show you a few examples of things I’ve stumbled upon the last few months.

Here’s another set of letters from the annual school festival “SQUALL” held around the end of May – named so as pretty much every festival has taken place while it was raining (a squall is a sudden burst of rain).

The gang sign I’m throwing here is just a little pose I made for our zoo trip with the mentor programme – I was put in group 3 and they wanted something for photos that we could be unique with. The ILY sign was a good match I thought, 3 fingers and another cute meaning! Cheese? Yes please.

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And about the SQUALL sign: The ‘pranked result’ was a little bit open to interpretation.
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This photo is definitely one of the more confusing examples. So there’s a brand called “have a good time” which this poster is pastiching (def: an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period). But to the uninformed individual like me, it’s quite a dose of sudden gibberish to be met with while going up the stairs to my Monday classes!
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Here’s a few photos from my trip to Jeju with some of the other exchange students.

While exploring the subtropic island south of South Korea, we came across a few waterfalls, some more frequented by tourists than others. This sign in particular was posted at a spot near a wide-open area with a small waterfall. Prior to this, we had visited a waterfall where 5.5/7 (I didn’t go in fully, hence the half) of us jumped in the cold mountain water.

Apparently, some of us were at risk of can be died with heart attack. Oh noes!

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It’s not wrong, I guess. You could be died with heart attack doing anything, really.

Perhaps you’re familiar with this image:

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The ‘do not animals’ image probably started circulating around when “Engrish” images became popular on the Internet. Well. I’m proud to announce that the successor of this image has been found on Mount Halla, tallest mountain in South Korea!
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A worthy mention, although not Engrish, is this bright sign tied to a tree right next to the entrance of one of the waterfall areas, highly populated with tourists, families and children, lightly bound with a plastic barrier chain. Always fun with a bit of highly toxic flora to attract tourists!

img_6287.jpgAnd lastly, how about an eraser that talks down to you? This eraser says ‘you can’t erase anything because you didn’t write anything’.

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To finish off with a bit of Freding:

What is the cute, and why is it good?

Good or bad, attaching personality to items that we interact with on a daily basis is a surprisingly interesting idea to me from a socio-psychological perspective. It’s not bad to explore your personality when dealing with various thoughts and ideas, but perhaps having them presented to us when real relationships are at stake make us feel ill-prepared and cause our “Doer” to take the safest bets instead of listening to our minority thoughts. Just because there aren’t many of them (right now), does that mean they are wrong? 

If we engaged ourselves psychologically like this outside of human interaction, as if simulating that interaction, we’ll feel more prepared for the real scenarios. Perhaps see it as a way of conditioning your confidence – like creating space for ‘shower comebacks’, but preemptively. Online videogames also explore this, allowing you to interact with people in a low-risk environment. It’s not without reason you see people who otherwise struggle with social interaction spend a lot of time in online games. Just remember that it is also a diverse environment, and I’m not saying everyone’s like that.

My first thought of this eraser was ‘cute’. You may have heard of the Japanese word for cute, ‘kawaii’. Japan has been strongly trending towards the fascination of the kawaii the last few decades. My own exploration of this concept is that the embodiment of cuteness, from my experience in and with Japan, is that the cute is what we admire to have, or experience, from a childish perspective.

It isn’t uncommon for articles on the Internet about self-realization, actualization, confidence, etc., to talk about how our childhood has affected us, and what we need to understand and explore about that. What I see in my generation, is perhaps a bit of confusion about childhood, what it was supposed to be, or how we or others could have messed it up. The Information Age has exposed us to more perspectives and knowledge than any other generation in the history of mankind.

As a species, we lean towards natural empathy. The wish to embody and reflect the feelings of others of our own kind. Technology has allowed us to see exactly how similar we are across the world, something we haven’t had the past few centuries, which in the past led to harsh stereotyping and collective thinking that some people were simply not people, with values like you, or the right to live. Wars were easy.

However on an individual level, technology has pulled us further apart despite the promise of closeness. We no longer bounce thoughts and ideas off each other as much, opting to let a couple of fingers express our hopes, wishes and dreams – ironically enough exactly how this blog works. We speak into a void, and pretend that the number of hits, likes or mentions we get is the same as real human attention. What we need, is for our words and actions to really stop time from the perspective of another, and have them reconsider the world in a new light – your light. It is through this effect of true empathy that we as a species can move forwards and create synergy through our life experiences.

That isn’t to say that the written word cannot have this effect. You may have read a book after which you closed it, and looked up with a completely new perspective on life. What I am talking about is what comes next: You standing up, and going to tell someone about what you now see, and them in turn accepting your thoughts and feelings, through which they can then create a completely new, unpredictable, uncalculatable path in life. The world does not exist just from a single perspective, but many at once. It is possible to grasp these, but only if you truly surrender your trust to your fellow human.

Of course, this prompts the ethical issue of how many of us are really trying to have others understand something for the sake of it, and are not manipulating them for our own selfish reasons. I do not have the answer to this. The only thing I can tell you is, your whole life, all of your knowledge and experience, has led up to the moment when you really decide to trust somebody, truly accept their perspective, and you allow them to change your life.

It is this concept, this point that we all yearn for. For someone to truly understand and accept us into them. We admire the things that represent this, represent love and acceptance. The Information Age has also shown us that there us much disregard for the different in the world sometimes. It can be scary, and so naturally we seek out safety, in case we happen to differ.

This is where we return to the concept of cuteness; the kawaii. To me it seems that the cute is the closest thing we can find that we believe should be the true values of childhood, and thereby the inner person whom we all grew up as, and continue to keep close to us through life.

It’s about the innocent joy that comes with the childish enamoring of things – the idea that if there is the feeling present, then it is acceptable to feel joyful about. There is no rational, longer-term reasoning behind this joy, it is the surrendering to the present, the present moment which is the only thing that can contain feelings. You cannot have a feeling tomorrow, now. You cannot have feelings yesterday. There is only the now, and if you do not embrace exactly what it is you are feeling right now, it is gone forever.

It is this total acceptance of the feeling that surge within, without consideration prior social barriers or judgments to tell you what is good, or fun, or should be nice. You simply decide yourself, and deem it so – you deem it cute. It is that warm, reassuring feeling deep within you that tells you, that your inner child is happy.

I see this trend as a generation slowly, yet surely, pushing the ideas that it doesn’t take the wisdom or knowledge of millennia of history for you to decide what makes you happy. You should simply be allowed to decide so yourself, at any moment, if you please.

And for many of us, it means keeping that part of you that was always there – the inner child – and allowing him or her to be a part of that decision-making process. Allowing him/her to make the decisions they never got to, perhaps, if you had a tough childhood. Giving him/her the proper attention, acceptance, love, that they always wanted, but never received.

Ï am not saying for you to be completely irresponsible, or immature. Maturity is simply knowing when it is appropriate to be immature. And your inner child is always accompanied by the adult you – who knows how to let them run and play freely, away from danger and risk.

Do not grow up because you have to. Grow up to allow yourself to play every day of your life.

One last thing. What do we do, should we face adversity? What if we are not silencing or repressing our feelings ourselves, but it is external from peers or society? What if enough people around you tell you that what you’re seeing isn’t there? There is a real reality-changing effect at work when this happens, according to Thaler & Sunstein’s Nudge (2008). My perspective is this:

If the Universe has a theoretical infinity of possibilities, is it not possible for your perspective, that you are sure about, to be true?

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North Korea

Yesterday I went to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by the border between the two Koreas. There are banners covering the buildings and gates that welcome the unification. At least the town of Paju by the border has long been waiting for it.

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It was beautiful.

The elders watching the broadcast Friday were smiling quietly. Every television in the restaurants of Ansan were showing coverages of Kim Jong-un and President Moon’s speeches. Food tasted a bit differently to me, suddenly. I’m sure it did for many Koreans as well.

When I started studying current issues in Korea, some facts emerged that were less than pleasant. Some Korean students are quite conservative, or simply indifferent to the unification of the peninsula. All they have known is a nice Korea without the need for unification. Many only see it as becoming a crutch for NK. It is really the elder population to whom this is truly meaningful.

But the youth may be neglectful to the real consequences of what could be happening. There is a clear gap of understanding and respect between the young and old population in general. You can see and feel it everywhere they interact in public. This is something they are aware of and talk about themselves, and explain to us when we ask why the youth don’t give up their seats on public transport.

The elder population have strong values and have seen some serious changes unfold in Korea’s history. The youth is viewed as indifferent and self-centered. Taking cabs with my mentor, a Korean university student, will sometimes result in thorough lecturing from elderly cab drivers, e.g. about ex-President Park and how ‘she and her father were or would be instrumental to economic growth in Korea, but due to public opinion that is now wasted’, despite now being in jail for some crazy conspiracy-theory level corruption. 

Here’s a perspective worth considering that I was enlightened to by a friend, then added on to by my own research.

Kim Jong-un went to an international school in Europe when he was young. One day Kim Jong-il dies, and KJU is transported to NK to take the place as his heir. What we all saw was the reign of a tyrant continuing, but KJU had a plan that fulfilled Friday: make the world listen.

NK needs trade to survive. But the world shut it off, and powerful corrupt officials were waiting at every corner to take away KJU’s power if he showed weakness. He was never responsible for recent attacks on SK. The people never worshipped him like his father and grandfather. He was never referred to as ‘Supreme Leader’ except right at the beginning. He let the North Koreans watch South Korean TV-dramas and listen to their music in secrecy, and he didn’t execute entire families when one individual deserted the country. He is a good man playing a bad guy.

You cannot simply shift into democracy from dictatorship either. Systems need to be put in place and with time and peace it will work. But to make the world trade with them again so that the people of NK would actually survive, KJU developed nuclear weapons to give the rest of the world a real reason to listen. He never had any intention of using them.
What you can see on KJU’s face is genuine happiness.

He had a childhood like many of us. His classmates were interviewed and they didn’t speak badly of him. A lot of your personality and your values are shaped during your early life. Now that he has made it across the border he is safe to speak freely. This is huge as he probably managed to gather information necessary to protect everyone from possible coup d’etats back in Pyeongyang while he is away.

What’s also worth considering is that there are economic opportunities in NK for SK. It depends on how SK will approach this. Many believe a cultural and educational level must be established for NKoreans before they can unify, but immediate aid and human rights are necessary.

What is worth hoping for is that the officials in NK will actually listen and follow KJU. There is a chance that he is acting against the collective. We don’t know for sure what power he actually wields compared to the military.

The end of the war sort of happened overnight, and there wasn’t any loudness in the streets about it. Simply a celebratory message here and there in the kakaochats. It is much more about love for the fellow unknown human in NK, for their chance at survival than anything else.

All Koreans were aware of the necessity of denuclearization and its place as the first step to any sort of peace. Some saw refugees arriving in wooden boats when they were children, saw how malnourished and sick they were, but those who have not witnessed the conditions of the people of NK have no sympathy or connections with them. Everyone is watching and following the story closely however. This affects every single person’s future in Korea, they must carefully consider how to prepare for what comes next.

One final interesting thing is that KJU does not have an NK accent despite being born in NK, however educated in Europe but then living in NK. He has an accent of someone who could be living in Seoul. I myself lived in the countryside of Japan in Izumo, Shimane for a year where I learned most of my Japanese. I did however make a conscious decision to hold on to an accent that was closest to metropolitan Japanese in order to be most widely understood. Perhaps we’re seeing signs of someone who did not simply want to stay traditional and separated, but has been waiting for the moment when he would be able to speak directly to all Koreans.

Lastly, the most recent update is that Kim Jong-un has made the closing of their nuclear sites public and open to inspection. He is also changing the official timezone of North Korea to match South Korea – a symbolic action but not without managerial implications for North Korea.

I like to think I take from Elon Musk in ‘thinking of the future and not being sad’. Many are simply ‘cautiously optimistic’, which is the logical approach. It is hard to have a different opinion about this situation, most will point to history and say that it repeats itself. Perhaps I dare to dream big and act naive, but then let it be so. Korean politics are possibly the most outrageous I’ve ever been involved in – but that’s exactly why it’s worth it to follow, and why I believe unexpected things may happen.

 

Advanced English Conversation

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“Lazy.” That’s what my teacher called me. I call it being efficient! It has to depend on the purpose you have in mind. I’m trying to be ahead so I can support the Koreans.

Just defending myself.

Reality checks come in many ways. Apropos perspectives; guess what “Advanced” English Conversation is considered in Korea … ?

Here’s how it started.

One semester at university consists of 30 ECTS points, where 1 ECTS means 28 hours of work.

At KEA, I’d automatically get the points if I simply attended mandatory examinations and passed them. Denmark is easy like that – it’s on rails.

At Hanyang, you choose specific courses that must add up to the number of points you need to pass an entire semester. And selecting these courses, my dear friends, was the most intense moment of my recent life.

It sounds exaggerated. But the way the system works is, 1. there are limited spots, 2. the majority of the students apply at once, when the website opens up at a specific time. The rush is real.

What happened was that some of the time frames for application took place at crazy times due to time differences. I remember clearly however, leaving my classroom at KEA to sit down with my macro mouse, and spamming the s**t out of that “Apply” button for the courses that I wanted and needed.

Two minutes before the window opened, I began clicking. My heart-rate increased.

65.. 75.. 85.. 100.. 115.. 125.. 135.. 140..

Of course I wasn’t wearing a heart rate monitor, but you become very aware of your heart’s pace if you’re sitting still and trying to focus.

I’ve played intense video games many times before. This was going to be a “clutch” situation. Clutch situations are when milliseconds matter, and you just barely, with a hair’s breadth, make it through a challenge, positioning and performing on the nails of your toes at the edge of your seat. I recognized this rush. This was competition. And I was in it to win it. 

The window opens, and a dialogue box with a progress bar flashes in front of me. Everything is in Korean. No time to panic. 20 years of computer experience tell me to click for the box that looks like an “OK” or “Close” prompt, and the window closed before the progress bar finished. It was unexpected and had put off my rhythm a bit – I just knew I had to click on several courses as quickly as possible in the right order.

Now here’s the trick. If the courses filled, then that means my schedule would be all wonky and I’d have to down-prioritize. I have to fill my schedule, correctly, with relevant courses, at the right amount of points, if they still had spots. And I wouldn’t know which ones might fill. On top of this, all dialogue boxes were in full Korean. That means, I had to interpret from the general appearance of the dialogue box I got from clicking on a course, whether I “got it” or it was full, in the span of a millisecond, to not waste time and move on to other courses in order to fill my schedule.

Decisions were made fast. 

And the result?

4/6 courses. Pretty good! I could afford to lose two courses – down the line I’d be able to shift them around a bit, but some of the good ones were gone for good. I had also gone over the minimum number of points, so I wasn’t going to be disqualified for the exchange.

Re-entering my lecture in KEA, I sat down, sweaty and slightly out of breath. I think my mind stretched across a few dimensions then.

Now fast-forward to Korea. I attend the classes. The one I’m going to tell you about is called Professional Writing. I was a huge fan of writing since our writing lectures at KEA; Rasmus, our primary writing teacher gives feedback like none other. Writing can be perceived as part of the entertainment field. When you read, you should be entertained – don’t you agree? Otherwise this blog would be worthless! Nobody wants to be bored when they read. That’s also a hint to leave me comments so that I can improve, by the way. Plez. Feedback’s a skill too. We’re all learning here.

At the Professional Writing class, the teacher is very friendly towards me. Perhaps a bit too attentive – like he’s wary of me. After class, he approaches me and asks me about my expectations. It seems the class is about how to write emails in a way that isn’t complete gibberish – in English, of course.

I was disillusioned. But in retrospect, simply due to the size of the class and the teacher, maybe it’d been fun anyway. I decided to swap the course – which meant another round of intense application! Yes!

Eventually I captured the last spot in a class called Advanced English Conversation. It stood out as the teacher was marked with a medal on the application site – he had been given some sort of special honors. Intriguing. The syllabus also said how it focused on speaking – oh yeah, speaking like public speaking or presentation skills, I like that. There was also some focus on globalization, speaking to foreigners – I’m a foreigner, I’m basically exactly what they need!

Hmm.

As I sat down in the front of the class (now way past the point where courses can be changed), it slowly settled on me. The teacher’s slow, strong intonation on certain words. The abnormal silence – an intense concentration was going on around me.

I was relaxed. If it’s communication, I know it’s about failing till you succeed. But these guys around me were different.

Of course, “advanced” English conversation in Korea means that you’ve passed “beginner” and “intermediate”. So it’s the third level of English classes. And what year am I in? The 3rd year. It’s simply the 3rd year course for anyone taking English classes. There are also about 4 parallel classes with different teachers at different times teaching the exact same thing.

I think there’s still a lot to reflect on with this situation I’m in. My level is easily on the moon compared to these guys, but there’s somehow still things to learn with the right outlook. Despairing about it is a waste of time in my opinion. My father even suggested me to simply spend my time studying the Koreans’ learning habits. And if I just do the work assigned to me in class, I do have time to notice the nuances the Koreans use as they pick up the English language.

One thing that totally got me by surprise was when I was suggesting “rejoinders” (Wow I’m actually learning terminology from this), and a Korean student rebutted my suggestion saying “That’s not appropriate.”

BITCH I’M YO DADDY IN THIS SHIT WHAT U SAY TO ME–

Hang on. Maybe he has a point. Appropriateness? Hmm. I definitely remember stepping over (several) lines on my internship at a Montessori school in Minnesota a few years ago. Living in Denmark where FUCK is part of the Danish vocabulary, curbing my inappropriateness hasn’t been practiced much.

Well, what gives. I hope I can somehow give them something back, too.

 

University Brand Merchandise

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The Lion, the animal of Hanyang, embroidered on the jacket actually spells out “HANYANG” in Korean: 한양.

See if you can make it out!

The University Ranking List is a pretty big deal here, because if you ain’t #1 you ain’t nothin’. Actually it’s not so bad – but I do hear everyone who’s at Yonsei (#2) are all the ones who failed to enter Seoul National University (#1).

Due to their collectivist and herd-like culture, some of the most random business turn BIG once hype catches on – this includes passcode doors, brand merchandise, and in this case, university brand merchandise. 

This means varsity jackets and long black pillow coats featuring emblems or logos of the university you are attached to.

You don’t even have to be a student at the university to buy the merch however, you can simply waltz into one of the shops on campus and pick up a pretty good quality jacket for 70,000 KRW (65 USD|400 DKK | 53 EUR).

If you order one online with a specific design, i.e. color, type of jacket, embroidered text, it goes down about a thousand KRW per person who joins the bulk purchase!

Personally I hesitated a bit too long. Upon arrival, several other exchange students picked up leftover coats and jackets from the shop, but I wasn’t certain about the style (fashion is lyf).

There are however different opinions about who can wear the merch. Some exchange students in Yonsei don’t feel worthy, as they didn’t have to pass rigorous examinations to actually enter the university.

These kinds of things make me see definite benefits about Hanyang being #9 (much to their pride as they’ve been around rank 13 for a while).

Everything is very relaxed here in Ansan, compared to the stories I hear from Seoul. It reminds me of my exchange to Japan in 2009 – students who went to live in Tokyo experienced some tough times compared to those a bit further away.

People in capitals are more used to foreigners – Hanyang ERICA is a big, wide open campus where all students watch other students (humans’ favorite pastime activity). Nobody here is intimidating, and the merch 80-85% wear definitely provide a sense of unity.

 

Such Complicated Words, Fred!

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I like challenging myself through language and communication – it’s what I do!

Therefore you’ll see a fair number of complicated words, where about 1-4% are going to be words that even I do not fully understand. I am using the blog to try to learn how to.

What can I say, there’s a bit of a vacuum in my challenges regarding English here in Korea. KEA and my teachers Rasmus, Stine, Trine and Sara always managed to seriously challenge me back at home, so this blog is partly dedicated to their superb and entertaining teaching efforts. Thanks guys!

You may be seeing me explain or employ certain concepts which we were taught during our classes at Communication Design and Media (5. semester). I learn best when I teach others, so perhaps you as the reader will gain some skills as well.

Let’s start by defining some words from my blog’s header:

“How to Fred”

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the action of spontaneously delving into deep philosophical talk

This is a concept that dates back to my 3rd year at KEA. I can be quite entertained by freding once in a while, just to try to find a greater purpose of our individual actions – a bit of an exercise in meaning-making, if you will.

Originally I wasn’t fond of being labeled so easily, but it’s come in quite handy some times. The most recent incarnation of it can be represented through the triangle-perspective concept (which I derived from observing my father Jannick’s methodology of explanations).

“A Framing and Personal Guideline to the Universe from the Perspective of Fred”

In the social sciencesframing comprises a set of concepts and theoretical perspectives on how individuals, groups, and societies, organize, perceive, and communicate about realityWikipedia

  • Personal writing is subjective (based on personal opinions or feelings rather than facts or evidence);
  • of or concerning one’s private life, relationships, and emotions rather than matters connected with one’s public or professional career.

guideline is a statement by which to determine a course of action. … By definition, following a guideline is never mandatory.

What I am doing is a bit like how I do my project work – I totally and utterly define the requirements to the point, then play around between the lines with complete freedom, with the knowledge that I know full well what I am doing. Even though we also know, we’re all just winging it. So let’s relax, Fred.

By all means, I invite you, the reader, to challenge my words. “What do you mean by this, Fred?” “How else could this be applied?” Memes are welcome as well.

 

A Beveled Oak Frame made from Chance

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I begin this blog exactly halfway through my 4-month semester on exchange in South Korea, in my 6th semester at Copenhagen School of Design and Business, AKA Københavns Erhvervsakademi, KEA, majoring in Communication Design and Media.

Let’s begin with the frame of the painting.

I get asked a lot – “Why did you come to Korea?”

It was chance. But it was committed chance.

We were invited to exchange briefings at KEA during the fall of 2017. I asked about Japan, but the closest options were Australia and Korea.

At this point, I realized it would be a long journey of paper forms, applications and documents that would pave the road there. I had become confident in my abilities to do exactly that kind of work – school work, so I thought it’d be a fun challenge with a big reward, even if the likelihood of succeeding might be low. But I didn’t know this likelihood for sure – perhaps I ignored it to make it more interesting.

Eventually, I succeeded and made my way all the way to my dorm room at Hanyang ERICA in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do. That was when it finally clicked; I made it!

Others have said: “So you love adventure.” Which is true from the perspective that I enjoyed the doubt of whether I’d succeed or not. If the path is straight and defined, the mystery is lost. As long as there is an unknown element, you need to be on your toes – never knowing what comes next, simply trying to be prepared for anything.

It was a testament to commitment. If there’s one thing that makes me uneasy, it’s the tension of pretense and sincerity in the world. What’s fake, what’s real – what we say and what we do. My life needs to be about proving the difference between these things, beginning with myself.

This adventure will detail a story of what I consider inner beauty – the attempt to find yourself in the world around you, and appreciate it.

Let us paint.

Perspective Begins at the Point of a Triangle

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Herein we will discuss and reflect on the life experiences of a collective organism known as humanity, represented through the writing of the human born 1992.03.13 A.D. known as Frederic Pedersen, contributed to by commentators and observers – the community that will form from hereon.

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. — Anaïs Nin

I use the triangle metaphor to illustrate a way of understanding how we can expand our mind, and communicate our experiences. The triangle represents your field of vision, that is, what you can possibly perceive visually at any given time (provided both your eyes are facing the same direction) – in this case we use it in a more philosophical sense; what you can perceive is what you can understand or grasp.

We can use this concept to see things at a universal scale; discussing universal laws that apply to our individual experiences, moving from the widest perspective to the smallest. We can also reverse this, and find ways to explain our individual experience at a universal level.

The challenge is asking the right questions.

I will be writing this blog using this concept. While what we will see are my individual observations, ultimately they can represent the events happening in the world to some extend – provided the right perspective. Naturally an amount of assumptions will be taken, but this is the freedom of an individual writer’s blog.

So! Here’s a list of the things I’d like to tell you about that I’ve been able to come up with.

If there’s something in particular you’d love to hear about, please leave a comment! We are social creatures and especially I thrive with social interaction in any project I do. You can expect a response as well. Otherwise I will probably be covering them in a random order.

  • Ansan, the Most International City in Korea
  • Individualism and Collectivism
  • General Cash Value
  • Koreans, the Japanese and Studying – from 80% to 100%
  • Dorm Room Hygge
  • But, Banana
  • My Schoolwork Assignments
  • Learn to Read Korean in 5 Minutes (Seriously)
  • Spicy and ‘Korean Spicy’
  • Long Black Pillow Coats
  • Sleeping in Class
  • We Are Guy Who Like Cat
  • Battle Bugs
  • Real Cheese
  • The Denmark Yogurt Brand
  • ALOE
  • Live Octopus, Tunicates and Sea Cucumbers
  • Air Pollution and Masks
  • Weather Changes
  • The Passcode Door Business
  • Korean Fashion and Avant-Garde
  • Seoul Fashion Week
  • Hype Culture, Brands and Copy Goods
  • University Brand Merchandise
  • The University Ranking List
  • Koreans and Recreational Drugs
  • Dressing Dogs (Not For Eating Purposes)
  • Convenience Stores in Every Corner
  • Men Wear Make-Up (And Hold Hands (But it Ain’t Gay))
  • Loudness in the Hallways
  • The Pizza Arrest
  • C.C. Bar, Pomme Frittes, Honey Beer and Makgeolli
  • Bukhansan
  • The Box You Compliment
  • Hanmille and Spicy Noodle Whistling
  • Haggling in Korean Markets
  • Scooters and Strayer
  • Kimchi
  • Parties at Night
  • Leaving Drunks
  • Soju Mixing
  • Drinking Games
  • Staring – Umbrellas vs. Rain Gear
  • Toilet Dirt Boxes
  • The Walking Game
  • Silent, Shy, Smile
  • Koreans and English Appropriateness
  • Monotonal Languages
  • Korean Pronunciation
  • The Embassy Visit
  • The License Plate
  • Talking on Public Transport
  • The Eyebrow Incident
  • Toilet Paper For Everything
  • Korean Emojis Are Out Of Whack