(My Korean Culture- Part 1)
Being half Korean, I love exploring my culture and especially dig when a Korean grocery store opens up in my neighborhood. Korean grocery stores are everywhere, but it’s especially nice when you don’t have to commute to one. H-Mart in Torrance recently opened in my neighborhood and so it is a treat to go there.
The Korean Experience: Appreciating Korean Grocery Stores
I try not to go weekly or even bi-weekly because I’ll buy way too much stuff. I’ll need another refrigerator to store all the food! At the end of the day, I enjoy a good Korean dish just like mom makes.
Although, I can’t cook as well as mom can I’m braving my way in the kitchen anyway. To explore culture, yes, traveling is great and reading history books. But, culture is often absorbed best through a great ethnic dish.
I melt when I see the array of Kimchee (yes, it’ll stink up your fridge) and love exploring the eccentric layout of a Korean grocery store. To me, it’s like watching a foreign film. Aside from language being a barrier, you can tell the difference between a foreign film and an American one. The story telling is different, the creative eye and vision, etc. It’s the same when venturing into a local American grocery store chain versus a Korean market.
Korean Culture Part 2 Video To Follow
Because I want to keep my videos short and sweet, the next one will be part 2 on this Korean culture post. I’ll be cooking one of my favorite Korean dishes. I’m an American, born in Dallas and yes; I’m very disappointed that the Dallas Cowboys lost. But, more importantly, I’m still and always will be half Korean. There’s something beautiful about accepting the fact that we are all American mutts.
Notably, my daughter is a quarter Korean; I do my best to expose her to a piece of her ethnicity.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.