Describe an experience of cultural difference, positive or negative, you have had or observed. What did you learn from it?
When my family moved from Kennewick to Yakima in the middle of my junior year in high school, we decided it would be best to do it in two waves. My family left two months before I could so they could tend to their new business. I started my second semester in Kennewick in order to continue my education while I waited for the next trimester to start in Yakima. During these two transition months, I was able to find residence with my friend Megan McCorkle, and her parents. It was during this time that I had a great realization of cultural difference.
This was my first time living away from my family for an extended period. In addition to this, I was adjusting from living in a progressive Korean American household to living in a more traditional American one. The most difficult adjustment for me was in my diet. Before, almost everything went with a bowl of rice... eggs, Spam, tuna fish, steak, and even Thanksgiving turkey. (It is only very recently that I learned to eat fried eggs without rice.) Also, I always had the option of kim-chee (spicy cabbage) or seaweed with my rice at home; always. My mom had always made a point of making these two food items available to me because she felt that it wold keep me Korean. It did, but in a way she did not expect. It was in taking away that which I took for granted that made me realize that no matter where I was placed, I would always be Korean.