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move over michael j. fox ...

I am a teenage werewolf. Not really, but I'm still sick and it seems to grow more serious when night falls. During the day I might cough a time or two, but as soon it gets dark out I start to double over with coughing spasms that leave me gasping for breath once they've passed. My best guess is that I caught something from Wendell, who I spent time with two weeks ago as he was recovering from his own illness - and if that's the case I have another three weeks of this waiting for me in the future.

One of the more disappointing aspects of being sick is that it's hard to correct the instructor of Anth 417 due to a worry that I'll cough up a lung in the process. The class is taught by Jung Jae Hun, a Korean grad student at the university, who has claimed that the Peace Corps provides absolutely no language training to its volunteers and that Suwon is a very small town. I have had volunteers tell me that they received language training after they were assigned a destination, so I don't know where he got his information for on that one, and Suwon is only small if you think 1.1 million people isn't a large number. True, it's not Seoul, but he's currently in a state with a population of 5.8 million - which creates a different perspective when looking at comparative demographics.

Friday afternoon he asked each of the five students in the class what they were studying and their plans after graduation, and when he heard that I was interested in teaching English in Korea before attending grad school he provided a lengthy speech on why my decision to focus on Korean culture in my graduate studies was an extremely bad idea. I never said that would be my focus, but I suppose this shouldn't be a surprise considering how enamoured he is with Japan and Japanese culture. He's even said so himself. I wonder what he thinks about Zainichi (在日) Koreans?


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May. 15th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
That's crazy, is this some kind of superbug you've got? Is there a doctor or nurse on campus that could help you out? How depressing, I hope you don't have what your friend had.
May. 15th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I have the same thing, but hopefully having a fast metabolism will reduce the amount of time I'm afflicted. Tonight has been a lot better than any other night before, so if things go well I might be back to normal much earlier than expected.

If nothing else, my diaphragm is getting a great workout.
May. 17th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
I've got to stop being so optimistic about the speed of my recovery, as each time I write about how much better I'm feeling my body then goes and does it's best to prove me wrong. It could always be worse though!
May. 17th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
What are you trying to do? One-up me in the "oh shit, I already replied to that comment" area?
May. 18th, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)
Well if I can't one-up you in our "my state is more dangerous than your state" dialogue I might as well branch out into other areas ...

I knew that I had replied to this comment already; I just wanted to do some extra complaining. :)
May. 15th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
If you're still sick when I get back, I'm dragging you to the hospital. Also, maybe we can try some other drugs...

As for your (rather unintelligent-sounding) instructor, wow. Maybe he should read this paper. Or at least the introduction...

Many Korean youths who grew up in Japanese society often have difficulties accepting their Korean identity because the Japanese culture they grew up with enforced the concepts of a homogeneous Japanese society as well as discriminatory attitudes towards Koreans that they themselves have accepted as correct.

Also, I think I'm sick, too. I've been sneezing/coughing all day...
May. 15th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
If you're still sick when I get back, I'm dragging you to the hospital.

Why does this situation remind me of the exchange between The Dead Collector, the Large Man With Dead Body, and The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't from Monty Python and the Holy Grail? I feel happy. I feel happy.

You know it, and I know it, and Jeong Ah knows it (I told her about my professor earlier tonight), but apparently Prof. Jung is still in the dark.

I hope you're feeling better soon!
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