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Tune in to hear about life for foreigners and expats that make their home in Korea. We drink a little alcohol and discuss culture, news, events, travel, language, frustrations, and the joys of living in the Land of the Morning Calm.


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Episode 043: Do You Know Dokdo?

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Mar 09, 2017


We welcome a new host and then dig deep into the topic of the disputed island of Dokdo and Korea's seeming obsession with hating on Japan. New music in this episode was provided by the band Walking After U and their song Blind. Comments, tips, suggestions, or questions about the show? Find us on Facebook or Twitter @KUPodcast!

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Episode 042: Shipping and Handling

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Aug 03, 2016


In this episode Steve and Dan discuss Korea's affair with mail-order brides from SE Asia and the societal struggles Korea is having as a result. Dan also tickles our ear pussies with another installment of the Cunning Linguist and we've got great new music by Acid Party and their song The Sea Hates a Coward. Get their info on our Featured Artist page and consider liking us on Facebook or leaving us a comment on iTunes if you think we're worth it.  

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Episode 041: The Dating Game

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Jul 06, 2016


In this episode Steve and Teresa discuss tips and ideas for dating a Korean. If you're in need of ideas or things to do to surprise your Korean partner, we've got some things in here that might help. There's also new music from Southway, an indie band out of Seoul, with their song Here and Now. Check out our featured artist page for more info about them. Leave us a like on facebook or a review on iTunes or Stitcher and we'll love you extra hard.  

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Episode 040: Gimme!

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Jun 08, 2016


In this episode Teresa tells us all about the culture of gift giving in Korea and some of the problems foreigners run into when they find themselves in those situations. We've also got new music from singer Aseul and her song Dazed, Aseul was on our show previously in episode 16 with the name Yukari. She's got a new album out called New Pop which I recommend you give a listen to. You can find all her info on our Featured Artist page.  

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Episode 039: Terrible 2s

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, May 12, 2016


In this episode Steve and Teresa kick back, go off script and discus the show, life, and anything else that comes up. It's a free-for-all in this second anniversary show. Thanks to all of you who've kept listening to the show and welcome to all of our new listeners! We wouldn't be here without you. ??! Music in this episode was provided by Love X Stereo with their new song, Beauties Die Young. Check out their new album, We Love We Leave, Pt. 2, available now on iTunes.  

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Episode 038: No Means No!

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


Going off a story regarding an Australian woman who was raped while on holiday in Korea, Steve and Teresa discuss rape and sexual assault in Korea. They go over how Korea defines rape, how it's sometimes handled by the authorities (hint: not very well!), and what you should do if you find yourself in that situation. In Hallyu Doin', Teresa discusses the hottest Korean drama right now, Descendants of the Sun. If you'd like the list of agencies and organizations that can help in the event of a rape or sexual assault, you can get it in our show notes. New music in this show was provided by Seaweed Mustache with their song Reverberation. (The song was wrongly named during the podcast.)  

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Episode 037 – What’s Up, Doc?

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Mar 22, 2016


Upon the suggestion of a listener, Steve and Teresa delve deep into the topic of Korea's National Health Insurance system. Is it any good? How does it compare to other Western countries? What are the strengths and weaknesses? And in a first for our show, we've got a hip-hop song from artist Atwater with his song, See Who.  

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Episode 036 – Faptacular

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


Did you ever see a Korean porn video and wonder why it was so bad? Well in this episode Steve and Teresa sit down and talk about the sorry state of porn vids in Korea and how they came to be. There's also some trippy new music from the band Tirikilatops.

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Episode 035: Takin’ Care of Business

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Feb 11, 2016


In our first new episode of 2016 Steve and Dan discuss Korean corporate culture and how things work on the inside and why Korea has the worst productivity in the OECD. And since we were lucky enough to get Dan on the show, we've got some cunning linguistics for you. Check the show notes to get the full text and translation. In this episode we also feature new music by the band Dongmyo Police Box. Get their information on our Featured Artist page and show them some love. Happy 2016 everyone!    

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Episode 034 – Testing, 1, 2, 3

Author: SojuSeed
Mon, Jan 11, 2016


In this vacation episode we hear Steve and Dan's very first recording effort. Previously thought long deleted, this was the test recording Dan and I did to see how we sounded together. It's raw, we're sloppy, the sound quality is sub-par and I was still figuring out editing in Garageband but listening to it again after all this time made me oddly nostalgic. Enjoy!  

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Episode 033 – Wrappin’ It Up

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Dec 16, 2015


In the final episode of the year Teresa and Steve talk about their highs and lows of 2015, some big news items, and our Christmas traditions. We'll see you all back in 2016! Have a great holiday and thanks everyone for a great year!  

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Episode 032 – Pumpkin Eater

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Nov 19, 2015


Steve and Teresa sit down and discuss whether or not Korea has a problem with cheating and plagiarism. We also talk? a little bit about the big protest that happened last weekend in Seoul and what got people so pissed. We've got some great new music from Korean artist Shirosky and her song Tie Dye.  

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Episode 031 – Death of a Korean

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Nov 05, 2015


In this year's Halloween episode Teresa and Steve talk about death. We discuss our thoughts on it and then discuss Korean burial traditions. We look at how it was done in the past and how it's changing in modern times as well as what happens to foreigners that might die here. Also in this episode we've got new music from Yumi with her song 'Because of You'. Check the Featured Artist tab on our website to find more information about her.  

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Episode 030 – No, You Make Me A Sandwich!

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Oct 15, 2015


Steve and Teresa sit down and discuss the state of women and gender roles in Korea. We cover how Korea came to be such a strong patriarchal society and also how things are finally changing for the better. Teresa brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin! with some shocking news about the Korean singer IU, and we have awesome new music from Korean band Tanemotion.  

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Episode 029 – GTFO?

Author: SojuSeed
Sun, Oct 04, 2015


Dan returns for this episode and we talk about whether or not younger people thinking coming to Korea should look at ESL as a viable option. Also, if you've been here for a few years, is it time to get out while you can?  

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Episode 028 – You Don’t Know Jeong!

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Sep 08, 2015


Steve and Teresa discuss the Korean concepts of Jeong (?), Han (?), and Nunchi (??), their meanings in Korean culture and whether or not they can really be defined in English. Teresa brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin' and we've got new music from Tierpark. Be sure to check our website for show notes and information on the band.  

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Episode 027 – K-Poppin’ Part. 2

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Aug 25, 2015


In part two of this episode Steve, Teresa, and Eugene finish up our long talk about the K-Pop industry and also get to know more about Eugene and his podcast, Cafe Seoul. Be sure to visit their website at https://cafeseoulpodcast.wordpress.com/ Music in this episode was provided by Table People and the song was Real Good Time. Check out the Featured Artist tab at http://www.korea-underground.com for more information.  

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Episode 026 – K-Poppin’ Part 1

Author: SojuSeed
Fri, Aug 14, 2015


In this episode Steve and Teresa sit down with special guest Eugene, from the podcast Cafe Seoul and talk all about the K-Pop industry, as well as a few tangents. We had so much fun with Eugene that we had split it into two parts. Also we've got some new music from featured artist Table People! They've got a new album out, Ride With Me, which you can find on iTunes and Band Camp.  

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Episode 025 – Your Privilege or Mine?

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Jul 23, 2015


We're back from our hiatus and Teresa and Steve talk about racism in Korea and the reaction of some foreigners on social media. Also, a lot of stuff in the news!  

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Episode 024: Down with the Cool Kids

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Jun 04, 2015


In this episode Teresa tells us all about some of the popular phrases you can toss out with your Korean friends to look cool. Also how to take more stylish selfies. Lots of announcements at the top of the show. Plus, new music from Riot Kidz. You can also now hear Korea Underground on KoreaFM!  

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Episode 023 – GI Joe

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, May 13, 2015


Steve and Teresa talk a little bit about Korea's behavior on the world stage and what role the US Military might play in their actions. Also, new music from Love X Stereo.  

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Episode 022 – Mo’ Money

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Apr 21, 2015


In this episode Dan gives us some information about banking and investment in Korea. We're also joined by Philip Brett from Angle Magazine and delve deep into the music and art of the southern half of South Korea. New music provided by The March Kings.  

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Episode 021 – Go Home, You’re Drunk! Pt. 2

Author: SojuSeed
Mon, Apr 20, 2015


Here is part two of our drunk episode. Enjoy!    

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Episode 021 – Go Home, You’re Drunk Pt. 1

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Apr 14, 2015


As befits our 21st episode, Teresa, Dan and Steve get drunk and go off-topic about whatever comes to mind. This is part one of a two part episode. 

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Episode 020 – Frenemies

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Apr 01, 2015


In this episode talk about the fractured nature of the foreigner community in South Korea and we sit down with Brian and Hyelin from Stompy Ruffers, a company out of Deagu that is looking to create American-Korean cultural fusion. Check them out at http://www.stompyruffers.com We also have new music from Language of Shapes. And if you'd like to support the show with a bit of money, check out our patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/koreaunderground

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Episode 019: Grab Bag

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Mar 18, 2015


In this episode Steve and Dan clear out some of the smaller topics that we've been tossing around or that have been suggested by listeners, but which don't justify a full show. Listen for new artist OopsNice and their song "Dandelion".

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Episode 018: I’m Home Momma

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Mar 03, 2015


In this episode Steve and Teresa sit down with a special guest, Kim, who gives us some of her personal experiences with going back home after several years in Korea. Teresa also brings us another installment of Hallyu Doin', and some news. We've also got new music from Table People.  

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Episode 017: My Way Or The Highway

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Jan 27, 2015


Teresa is off in Australia and Dan and Steve talk about the various modes of transportation around Korea. From the bullet train to local cabs that put the fear of gawd into you. In this episode we've also got new music from AZBus, the return of the Cunning Linguist and find out what Steve's problem is with George Lucas. And if you think the show is worth it, leave us a comment or rating on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Episode 016: The Way Back Machine

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Jan 13, 2015


Our first episode of 2015! We hop in the Way Back Machine and review some of our personal highs and lows for 2014 and talk about some of the more noteworthy news stories of the last year. Special guest James Anderson joins us to talk about The Land Of the Mourning Clam, his comic strip about Korea. We also have new music from Yukari. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Episode 015: Almost 20 Questions

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Dec 16, 2014


Teresa and Steve go through their list of almost 20 questions about Korean stuff. Then some news and how you can come join us in Seoul on Dec. 20th for the 2014 K-Blog Awards. Also, music from Nice Legs!

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Episode 014: Hanky Panky

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Dec 02, 2014


In this episode we talk about infidelity in Korean culture. Also, vote for us for podcast of the year! http://www.koreaobserver.com/blogawards/podcast/

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Episode 013: U Mad Bro?

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Nov 18, 2014


In this episode we talk about the bitter, angry expat. Are you one? What should you do if you meet one? Then we have Hallyu Doin' with Teresa, and Dan, the Cunning Linguist. Also, new music from Kite Flying Robot!

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Episode 012: Korea Boo!

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


Steve and Teresa talk about what scares them and go through some common Korean ghost stories and superstitions. Also, music from Baekma!

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Episode 011: Why Buy The Cow

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Oct 21, 2014


In this episode we discuss tying the knot in Korea. Teresa also fills us in on what's going on in K-POP and Dan throws some language knowledge at us.

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Episode 010: We All Go A Little Mad

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Oct 07, 2014


In this episode Teresa and Steve talk about some of the things that can be a bit hard to get used to living in Korea, or that they just find annoying, unusual, or weird.

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Episode 009: Home Crap Home

Author: SojuSeed
Wed, Sep 24, 2014


In this episode we go over some of the basics for getting an apartment in Korea. Also, a little more discussion about marijuana and In The News.

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Episode 008: You Wanna Get High?

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Sep 02, 2014


Everything you wanted to know about marijuana in Korea but were afraid to ask. Also, music from local band New Blue Death.

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Episode 007: Have English, Will Travel

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Aug 05, 2014


In this episode we talk about how to get a job teaching in Korea and we feature some local music by the band Love X Stereo.

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Special Episode: Blackface

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Jul 29, 2014


In this special episode of Korea Underground I interview journalist John Francis Power about his article on Korea's use of blackface and also racism in Korea. Check the show notes at www.korea-underground.com for links about the topic.

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Episode 006: Summer Lovin’

Author: SojuSeed
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


In this episode we talk about the ins and outs and the does and donts of dating someone from another culture. We weigh in with our perspectives and even throw some science at you. And Teresa brings us more news of K-Pop stars with another Hallyu Doin'.

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Episode 005: Home Brew!

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Jul 08, 2014


In a first for Korea Underground, we interview Ed, a guy who runs a Home Brewing class, about making your own beer in Korea. He gives you a break down of the process and how to get set up while you're living abroad in Korea. In the news this episode we talk about another blind date disaster, and Korean soccer players getting pelted with candy on their less than triumphant return from the World Cup. Also, the return of the the language segment with Dan!

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Episode 004: Pack Your Bags: Summertime Travel in Korea

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Jun 24, 2014


In this episode we talk about some of the top travel destinations in Korea during the summer months and also the best ways to get around. We also load you up with Korean World Cup facts and trivia. In the news: prostitutes and murderers!

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Episode 003: Hit the Books: Should You Learn Korean?

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, Jun 10, 2014


In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of learning Korean if you're here already or are thinking of coming to Korea. We also hook you up with a few resources and recommendations for getting started. And is one of our hosts a TV star? Tune in to find out!

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Episode 002: Java The Hut: Korea’s Coffee Culture

Author: SojuSeed
Tue, May 27, 2014


In episode 2 we introduce a new member to the podcast and delve in to the dark roasted mysteries of Korea's pervasive coffee culture. We also do a celebrity profile of Korea's reigning CF queen and tell you what big events are coming up in the next few weeks. Make sure to listen to the show to get a special offer from our friends over at Waegook Travel! Show Notes: Poop Wine Korean Coffee Article 1 Korean Coffee Article 2 Korean Coffee Article 3

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Episode 1: Dance, Monkey! Dance!

Author: SojuSeed
Mon, May 12, 2014


The first episode is live! In our inaugural episode Dan and I talk about a teacher's first day on the job and a general idea of what you can expect. In the news this episode, discrimination in Seoul bars and nightclubs and are you being ripped off by Korean retailers? Make sure to like us on Facebook and subscribe to us in iTunes! Articles in this show: Discrimination at bars and clubs in Korea http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2988812 Online Shopping saving people money in Korea http://finance.yahoo.com/news/koreans-buy-samsung-tvs-amazon-210000473.html

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