Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Until I met Kimchi!

No Korean meal - and no Korea-related blog - without kimchi!

Upon registrering for the International Gathering for Korean Adoptees in Seoul next August 2007, participants are asked to write a short quote about what it means to be adopted or how it has affected one's life. Well, that is - I get 25 words to coin the essence of this lifespan of first hand experience on the issue. So - I had to go 'meta' - here's what came up:
"Growing up
being part of someone unknown, something unseen
has been like a journey without a starting point
without an ending point
- until I met Kimchi!"
Kimchi is "gourmet" to some and "get-it-away-from-me" to others! It's fermented cabbage with loads of garlic, ginger and chilli - and Korea and kimchi are synonyms! Korea is kimchi and kimchi is Korea..

Like love is more that being in love, being Korean is more that being born Korean. It's a journey which is constituted within the individual person, based on a bodily experience - as Merlau-Ponty would agree.. - however, I have no clue as to whether Merlau-Ponty liked kimchi or not!

Travelling in Korea some 8 years ago, being vegetarian, I lived of a delicious diet, consisting of rice, seaweed and kimchi - but next summer I'll be sure to go visit Sanchon restaurants for a more gourmet version of the Korean vegetarian kitchen! Experiences of life so far, being Korean, adopted, a woman, a daughter, a friend, a human being are not easily expressed in words. But the taste of kimchi....whether I eat kimchi here or in Korea - in the company of Koreans, adoptees or by my self...somehow defines the undefinable.


Blogger Betsy said...

You've made my mouth water! I loooooooooooove kimchi! Maybe I've got some Korean blood in me somewhere?

4:24 AM  
Blogger Brit Sung Kyung Kim Bech said...

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2:06 PM  
Blogger Brit Sung Kyung Kim Bech said...

Somewhere I heard that if one goes back 6 generations.. we're all related to each other somehow - but it would explain your "Martial Arts attitude" to life's constant surprises :) bend, receive and strike back with twice the force ! - hi hi.. We should meet soon for kimchi

2:08 PM  
Blogger laura said...

You should check out the Kimchi museum at the COEX mall in Seoul when you are here.
I love Kimchi.
It is said to be one of the healthiest foods in the world (not just by Koreans).
The Koreans' claim is that Kimchi is the reason that SARS didn't make it to Korea during the outbreak.

2:58 AM  

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