comedy

comedy show dates in Korea

I had the pleasure of doing a couple of shows during my stay in Korea. I got to headline Stand Up Seoul’s November showcase at Comedy Haven, and had a fun set at Ha-Ha Hole Comedy at HQ Bar in Busan last week. Korea’s stand-up comedy scene is alive and thriving.

Coming up:

Dec. 31, 2018
Ulsan Comedy’s New Year’s Eve Party at JJ’s Bar, 9PM (headlining)
Jan. 4, 2019
Savage Girls: A Comedy Show at The Hidden Cellar, 8PM (headlining)
Jan. 19, 2019
그날: 스탠드업 코미디쇼 (That Time of the Month) at Comedy Haven, 7PM (Korean language only)

 

I’ll be posting more updates on Twitter and Instagram.

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Art, Film, Photography

Busan: 부산

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IMG_0460.JPGI took these in Busan. It’s the city I was born in before our family moved to New York in 1992.

The woman in the hat with her head turned is my aunt. She’s my dad’s older sister. She has two sons–my cousins who are both a couple of years older than I am–but one of them passed away at the age of 27. I was 22 when I heard the news. It was really shocking and horrible. Despite her loss, she’s a strong woman with a generally positive outlook on life and I love her for that.

The women with the hats and the rubber gloves are “hae-nyeo”–otherwise known as women of the sea. They’re diver women who forage underwater for seafood like sea urchins, sea cucumbers, clams, oysters, mussels, etc. It’s a historic profession: these women who lived by the ocean had to dive for food in order to feed their children while their men were drafted away to war.

They’re profession is becoming rare. A Fulbright fellow from the same year as me named Liz Chae made a film called THE LAST MERMAIDS in 2009. It’s about the divers of Jeju island: http://arts.columbia.edu/film-program-liz-chae-09soa

 

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