문화 교환 (Culture Exchange)

As I dove into another week of work, I soon discovered that I would have to find my own opportunities to work to make the most out of this experience. At first, I was confused as to why everyone in the office around me always seemed busy, however if I asked to help out with anything, I would always be given the response, “I’ll let you know later.” The day would sometimes end with a trivial task or I would not be assigned any tasks at all. Halfway through the week, I heard my team manager talking about visiting various locations outside the office as work and I volunteered to join and help out to gain some experience. I was finally given the okay and accompanied my team manager on this trip. We visited various event halls and theaters around Centum City. The first place we looked at was the Shinsegae Culture Hall. Here, I took notes and pictures while the team leader told us where the posters and promotional items would be placed. We next went to the Media Center, another venue for the festival, followed by the Busan Design Center. Finally, we stopped by the Busan International Film Festival Building, one of the most interesting structures in Busan which also houses its own cinema center where the public are welcome to watch movies. At this time, another festival was taking place called BIKY, or the Busan International Kids and Youth Movie Festival, where famous youth movies are displayed and events are hosted for kids. Seeing how this festival was being promoted and the abundance of posters all over Busan (e.g. in the subway stations), I got a better understanding of how the Comedy Festival is going to be promoted. After visiting these locations, the head team manager, 박 팀장님 (Mrs. Park), led us over to a cafe where we discussed the notes we took and also had time to casually talk and ask questions. I found it interesting sharing my experience as a foreigner and my perspective of the culture while being able to ask questions of my own on how foreigners are viewed by native Koreans and how our culture is perceived.

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Freeman Intern Fellowship #2: A Typical Day in my Hong Kong Internship (Weekdays Only)!

Hi Everyone,

I have learned so much this summer, but something I knew before and definitely had affirmed was how bad I am at blogging. Apologies for taking so long with my updates! As I’ll talk about in this post and subsequent ones, life is very busy here, and I have little time for anything besides work during the week (and thus, my weekends are spend anywhere but a computer). My summer is winding down, though, and I am finding some time to write many update posts this week on my internship, and experience, in Hong Kong.

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Week 9: Children and UXOs

If you ask most people my age if they want children, you will get a variety of answers. Some will say yes! I love kids. Others will say eventually. And if they are my friends a decent amount of them will say they have no intention of having their own children. Adoption is on the table but not having any kids would also suffice. I am in the camp that I don’t know what I will want that far in the future as I don’t know what I want for myself in the next year. But for me there are more reasons not to have children than to have them. One of them being that this planet is already overpopulated and there have not been enough efforts made to make sure our planet survives after the next 30 years which makes me wonder whether bringing another child in the world is a good idea. 

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Week 6: Hobbies or Side Hustle?

In an earlier post, I bemoaned my lack of hobbies. Like a decent amount of children and teenagers, I took up a variety of activities and hobbies when I was a child that I do not continue to partake in. When I was eight, my best friend and I decided that we would start a clothing line. So I had my mother buy a sewing machine and I managed to draw a design on a t-shirt and sew basically nothing. Two years ago I bought tracing paper and dusted off my sewing machine, hoping my mature mind would be able to do what eight year old me could not. Update: I think I broke the sewing machine when I was eight.

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Beijing Week … 4? 5? Not sure.

Wow, it’s already time to post! It feels like no time at all since I last post.

Last week’s post was rather depressing, as I was upset a number of things. But now, I can with confidence report that this past week has been a lot better! I’ve been meaningfully busy, which is always a plus. Tasks in the last week have included taking product photos for new beer, taking processional photos for employee guides, taking photo/video of our new Hutong taproom that’s soon to open, creating new stickers and gifs for our WeChat social media account, peeling and blending nectarines for 8 hours, and grinding all kinds of oats. It’s been great to be so busy!

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