Saturday, November 10, 2012

Acknowledgements - Happy Time Go Fast

       Kamsahamnida = Thank You

         Kam     -     Sa     -    Ham    -    Ni     -     Da

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I’m indebted to so many people for the completion of this project.  First, I’d like to thank everyone who offered their suggestions, valuable insights, and humble opinions.  And I want to give a BIG thanks to Tom Weston, Lynn Weston, Helen Gallagher, Margo Schaedel, Denise Gates, Dan Hendler, and John Sollazzo for combing through the unfinished manuscript for grammar and spelling mistakes, typos, and awkward sentences.  Believe me, there were a lot.  I even made up a word at one point, which will remain unknown to protect my intellectual pride.  But hey, the English language is constantly changing, so in that regard, I’m a pioneer.

Next, I’d like to thank all the wonderful people I met while living and working in South Korea.  You have no idea how much you’ve enhanced the value of my experience.  A special thanks to the people of Korea, you made my stay in your country unforgettable.  The foreign community in Korea also made me feel right at home.  I was very fortunate – my colleagues and co-workers were incredible people, and the neighborhoods I lived in were amazing.  I could not have asked for more.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I would like to thank all the Korean students who came under my tutelage.  I’m so lucky to have met you, and I hope that I made even half as much of an impact on you, as you have made on me.  These students gave me an introduction to teaching, and their kindness, care, and desire have motivated me to continue down this career path. 

South Korea is such an extraordinary and unique country.  Even though I don’t adhere to some of their cultural values, I’m able to appreciate the diversity of tradition, norms, and way of life.  I’m sure I have left a mark on the country, but I’ve taken away so much more.  Korea will always have a place in my heart, and no matter where I go, I will always consider it to be one of the several place I call home.

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