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.