Nov 16, 2009

The Korean Irishman


At some point in my life I became Korean. I'm not sure how it happened. I certainly didn't plan it. The fact that I work at a Korean advertising agency that does the ads for Samsung which is the biggest company in Korea and that I married a Korean girl are coincidental. Hard to believe but true. I now have Korean nieces and nephews, Korean mother-in-law, grandmother, co-workers and friends. They are embedded in every aspect of my life. On my recent trip to Korea, I was doing a big photo shoot. It took over two weeks. There were plenty of local Koreans who were hired to work on the job. Word quickly spread like wildfire. Kane has a Korean wife. I could tell that they were treating me differently. They made me feel special. I felt I was always being looked at with a kind of admiration. Hell, I could get used to this. One guy asked if I could speak Korean. I said, "not a word." He was shocked and I could tell a little disappointed. It made me feel a little disappointed in myself. I'm going to try and amend that. I felt very comfortable and at home this time in Seoul. Actually I should feel at home. After all I am Korean.

11 comments:

Motumbo said...

Tommy, I'm a bit disapointed as you've not been drawing (or posting) as much. Don't leave us dry and high here, man. Lets see more of Korea (and NYC and Lebanon and what have you)

Ron said...

Love that tree.

joseph's art and stuff said...

wish i spoke the language better myself. my wife and i are heading over to korea in january. i find that i get mixed reactions when i'm over there, about my wife being korean. after over twenty years of marriage and 25 years of exposure to the culture, i also feel a bit korean. keep on posting, love your work!

travelingsuep said...

This is a fabulous pic. It captures the essence of Seoul perfectly, all those wires, poles and jumbled buildings.

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kane said...

I didn't post for a while because I was away for three weeks. Now I have a bunch of stuff to post.

LalaLovely said...

lol reading that was entertaining

Kang eun byul said...

I'm Korean..woow.. so glad to meet you here!

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