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The Halfie Project
37 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
The Korea Your Mom Knew is Not Korea Today
Something that is common among immigrant communities is how the culture they bring from their motherland remains unchanged, even as the culture changes in the motherland itself. We reflect on the Korean culture we learned from our mothers and how it ended up being old-fashioned or no longer used in Korea once we experienced modern life in Seoul.
31 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Are You Japanese Enough to Represent Us?
The Olympics is always a time for countries to capture the world's attention (and let's be honest) show off a little bit. What characteristics did Tokyo want to play up this time around? Cedric and Becky talk about Tokyo's show of diversity, the reality of Hafu players and the underlying question that always exists - are you 'enough' to represent our country?
21 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Distance, Trauma, Cultural Barries: Finding Reconciliation with Family
In light of a friend passing away, Becky and Cedric wanted to talk about finding reconciliation with family before things are too late. Difficulties mixed families face are oftentimes overlooked or not given efficient help: physically long distances, language barriers, cultural differences, intergenerational traumas... Becky and Cedric offer some personal insight and encouragement in seeking reconciliation by seeing a greater picture of life.
21 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Nostalgia Episode: Do You Remember These Korean Things?
Did you have many Korean influences growing up? Cedric and Becky go down memory lane as they remember the nostalgic 90s of their mixed Korean home childhoods.
21 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
A Mongolian Princess & a Korean King Fell in Love....
Who was Queen Noguk and King Gongmin? We share a love story that transcended time and borders, a love story between a Mongolian Princess and a Korean King.
51 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Zainichi: Koreans in Japan who Faced Rejection, Racism and Stateless-ness
Who are the Zainichi? A group of ethnic Koreans with a specific background in Japan, the first generation of Zainichi Koreans survived under an imperialist government that pressed for monoculturalism up to the current generation that still faces discrimination today. How did these Koreans end up in Japan, why have they suffered so much and who are they now?
45 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Making Multi-lingual Relationships Work - Is It Possible?
Growing up in multi-lingual households has its immense share of benefits and struggles. How do two people who speak two different languages fall in love and make a relationship work? Is it possible? Cedric and Becky, both of whom grew up in households where their parents didn’t speak each other’s respective languages fluently, share their thoughts.
31 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
K-Pop Fans, Dog Meat & Math Geniuses? Debunking 5 Korean Stereotypes
Are all Koreans in love with K-pop? Do we eat dog meat? And how are Koreans all so good at math? Just a few of the stereotypes we break down in this episode. Where did they come from and why are they still around?
42 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Weddings, Korean-style, American-style, Oh My! What Kind of Wedding Would We Want?
Cedric and Becky plan their wedding. They talk about what weddings in Korea are like versus American weddings, and discuss what style they'd want.
25 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Half-Korean in Korea: Any Advantages in the Workplace?
Does being half-Korean give you an edge working in Korea?
20 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
There's Two Sides To Me - But I Can't Satisfy Both
“My black side assumes I choose Korean culture over them or assume I don’t care about BLM (which I do care and support). On the Korean, side they assume I don’t respect the culture due to tattoos and not protesting with Stop Asian Hate (Which I also care about). I just feel like I can’t do right for both my people.” A recent listener mail that caught our attention. Let’s discuss.
30 minutes | May 30, 2021
Self Perception - How Living in Korea Changed the Way I See Myself
The way we view ourselves is affected by not only our own thoughts but certainly by the words and perceptions we get from those around us. Under this understanding, the context of our surroundings undoubtedly play a role in how we view ourselves. Becky and Cedric share how their own self awareness and perceptions has changed by living in Korea.
33 minutes | May 24, 2021
Migrant Brides: The Other Side - Scams!
We talked about the problems that migrant brides can face by getting married through brokers to Korean men. But what about the other side?
32 minutes | May 16, 2021
Why Should You Learn Your Culture(s)?
Is culture inherent or is it taught? We talk about our experiences of learning the cultures we grew up in and how further exploration has led to some revelations about our lives and families.
48 minutes | May 9, 2021
The "Migrant Brides Problem" of South Korea
An aging population, exodus from the countryside to cities and inability to meet eligible women… there are many reasons why South Korea has been encouraging men to find wives from outside countries. But there have been some serious issues with these brokered international marriages.
45 minutes | May 2, 2021
Working in Korea - Teacher, Office, Freelance. What's it Like?
Cedric & Becky have experienced working in Korea as teachers, office workers, and as freelancers, and they're ready to break down what that's all like.
28 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
"Massacre in Korea" by Pablo Picasso
“No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” ― Pablo Picasso What was Picasso depicting and trying to express in his painting “Massacre en Coree?” It was unveiled in 1951, was brushed off by contemporaries at the time and overshadowed by his masterpiece “Guernica”. But looking at it today, somehow it turns the narratives painted (pun intended) by the parties involved in the Korean war into a very different, twisted image.
38 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
"Dear Becky & Cedric" - Answering Your Personal Questions on Identity + Race
We love that you take the time to write to us, to lay out your thoughts, and perhaps even tune in to hopefully hear us answer you. We read every single message, and it means a whole lot. We decided to do a little segment of Dear Becky & Cedric, answering your personal questions and messages that you send us; because your questions come from real places and we think that many more people might have those exact same thoughts, but just never asked them before. We love being part of the discussion. Thank you for writing in.
58 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Hate Against Asians is Nothing New
The recent shootings in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States highlighted the racism that exists against Asians in the United States. Horrified and saddened by the incident, we are not shocked. Because the history speaks for itself. And history, unless addressed and wrongs righted, is always doomed to repeat itself.
46 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
화병 (Hwa-Byung) The Anger Disease
We’ve noticed that many of our friends among the Korean diaspora, half-Korean, full-Korean, adoptees, etc. have commonly expressed that their parents or relatives suffer from ‘anger issues.’ What is this inability to repress anger? We explore the culturally bound syndrome 화병 (Hwa-Byung) to shed light on what might drive someone to uncontrollable anger.
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