Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Last Post

That pretty much sums it up. My contract has expired and with it so did my year in Mokpo.

Google keeps these blogs around forever so if you're just discovering this site looking for information about working or living in Mokpo feel to look around, but you'll probably get better answers over at waygook.org or any of the other blogs by the ex-pats who are still living down there.

Stay classy, Mokpo. 안녕히계세요.


Dave said...

Wow. I must have been out of the blog-loop to have missed this news.

We'll be sorry to see you go! Rachel and I enjoyed reading your blog over the past year.

Best of luck back in the 'real' world!

Anonymous said...

wow. that is so cool. I live in the Purujio officetel next to your school. Sometimes I feel like I am a bad teacher. but I don't care. I am going to go back home next month :)
charles compton

Brian said...

Not sure if you get email alerts for comments . . . would you mind adjusting your blog's layout so that the list of categories are on the right side? There's a lot of good, informative stuff here but it's hard to get to without browsing through everything or knowing exactly what you're looking for. Thanks.

rwellor said...

Even though you're gone.. ;-)

My name is Roger Wellor (I found you on the Korean Blogger site) and I’m doing a study of the successes and failures of Korean International Tourism Marketing. I have a brief survey online that I invite you to take. It is designed to be answered by Korean/US bloggers and to give a slight outline of how these cross-cultural thinkers evaluate Korea’s International Marketing.

Sorry to do this in comments, but I didn't see an email link...

Your email will not be used for anything other than this survey (in fact it is not a required field in the survey) and if you have any questions, I can be contacted here at rwellor@spunangel.com.

Here is the link:


thank you,


Kim said...

Hi J.M.,

Not sure if you'll get this, but just in case you receive email alerts... Sorry to do this in a comment, but I didn't see an email address for you anywhere on the site. I'm a former native English teacher (lived and worked in Korea for two years) who is now a Master's student at the University of Glasgow. The reason that I'm writing to you is that I'm hoping that you would be willing to complete a questionnaire that forms part of the research I am conducting for my MSc Information Management & Preservation dissertation.

My dissertation will examine the role of blogs in helping to form and shape a sense of community identity amongst expats living in South Korea. This is being done in order to determine the archival value of these blogs and examine if, and how, they should be preserved. I realise that you no longer live in Korea, but this means that I am particularly interested to hear your views, since among the issues that I'm examining is what happens to Korea-related blogs when their authors leave Korea or stop updating.

Basically, I believe that today’s archives are rife with personal diaries and papers which allow us a glimpse into the past. But, what of the archives of the future? How many people today actually keep a pen and paper journal or write letters home? More and more expats living in Korea have replaced diaries and letters home with blogs. Furthermore, due to the nature of the expat community in Korea, much of the information about this community can only be found on the Internet on sites such as blogs (like yours). Therefore, a failure to preserve blogs may create a black hole of information for future generations of archives users.

You can read more about my project as well as fill out my questionnaire by visiting http://2009msc.wordpress.com I’d really appreciate it if you could find the time to complete the questionnaire.

Thank you,
Kim Sommerville

Mike said...

hey brian, i'm mike and i'm from texas with a job to start in mokpo teaching english on sept 20th.

i've been reading your blog and emailing back and forth between a few people but what kind of advice would you give me??

if you were me, what would you have packed or...thought of trying to get used to...what can you tell me is the most important part of teaching these kids.

anything would be useful man, i really appreciate it. have a good one...

cheers, mike

Anonymous said...


Just a thought: http://www.linkexpats.com (social networking website for expatriates) might be interesting for you and your readers..

You might want to add it to your links page as well.

good luck


Anonymous said...

Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
anyhow thanks for the good read!

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