The first "Ask a Korean" party was held sometime in the 80's on a Summer weekend in the Seo-Oh-Neung Park (서오능) right outside Seoul, Korea. There came more than 120 non-Koreans and part-Koreans. I was still a high school kid then; I remember getting excited and nervous at the same time because we weren't ready to see that many people at our little gathering... at 6 am.
The last "Ask a Korean" I organized in Korea was in Shinchon in the summer of 1986. I heard that since then it was picked up by someone or a group, possibly VANK or KFC or HANA or some group with acronym-name. Yay!
The first "Ask a Korean" in USA was in Santa Monica, California, I think in 1991 or 1992. We had about 20 folks, mostly my Korean students and a few others we met on mIRC chatrooms. The meeting usually turned into a Dinner & Movie/Norebang Night; we had a blast.
"Ask a Korean" that was a party in the beginning of the time gradually morphed into workshops and educational events - partly because college students and young 20's then are now in their professional posts and in their 40's, and partly because that's what was asked by new members. In spite of changes, the Ask a Korean sessions have one element that's never lost:
"More Than Just a Language, Open to Everyone and All Topics"
At "Ask a Korean" meetings, you get to ask any question, ranging from Kpops to travel to politics to business to dating. It's a place where you get to ask questions you've been wanting to ask and discuss your experiences and opinions.
Throughout the year, we had quite an interesting array of questions. They cover all areas of our interests, and a lot of them gets brought up repeatedly. There never is a stupid question, and every question is answered as if it was never been asked before.
So even if you see your question before, if you didn't hear a response before, please ask again. I am sure you are not the only one who wants to ask it/them.
Having said that, let's take a look at some of the questions that were asked before.
- Where did "Korea" come from?
- Why is Korea the #1 cosmetic consumer in the world?
- Will you (KLCX/KoreanLA) change your policy about not offering regular classes?
- How do I find or choose Korean teachers?
- What is the fastest way to learn Korean?
- My friends told me my Korean is girlish. What am I doing wrong?
- Does Koreans eat dogs and/or cats?
- Are Koreans as romantic as I see them in Kdramas?
- My Korean plateaued. What can I do to get out of this slump?
- I cannot pronounce ㄹ in Korean. Any tips?
- WTH is "Particles"?
- What is the relationship like between Japan and Korea?
* This list is always a work-in-progress.
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