Last month, my amazing friend hosted a culture exchange series for her University students. She had her foreign friends (non-Korean friends) meet her students once a week for the month of October. She wanted her students to be able to meet and get to know non-Koreans and get their takes on different things in the world: pros and cons about life in Korea vs. life in our home countries, similarities and differences between cultures, how it feels to live abroad, and just our everyday lives -- getting to know one another (which is an opportunity that isn't very plentiful in Korea, as it's a historically homogenous country, though the foreign population is increasing). While the culture exchange program was a wonderful way to meet new friends and get to know one another, it was also incredibly ground-breaking, because if we allowed ourselves to get deep enough, we left changed in some way. We had to be vulnerable with one another; let our guards down and speak honestly and respectfully. Be mindful of our differences in viewpoints while still feeling comfortable enough to express ourselves without fear of being misunderstood or judged. We had to risk getting uncomfortable for a deeper understanding of one another. Racial issues weren't easy to talk about at all. But it was important. Sometimes it got deep. Sometimes it got quiet. But we had questions and we would've done ourselves a disservice if we didn't voice them and attempt to get them answered. At the end of our weekly meetings for the month, we had a celebration where the students created booths dedicated to the country they learned about over the past month. It was up to them how they set it up and what they would include. My team did an amazing job. And then they presented a speech that blew me away. Some discussions are hard to have, but so necessary. I'd like to think that we all left that experience changed (Thanks again, Claudia 😊😊❤❤❤). And here we are today, for dinner ❤ Wherever you are, be a bridge between people. Bring it together ❤❤❤ #briainkorea#Southkorea#cultureexchange#koreanculture#Americanculture#experiences#learnfromeachother
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