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Café Seoul is an award-winning podcast for and by expats living in Korea. Join Rob, Eugene and friends as they discuss many issues and experiences in the country they now call home. On news of the weird with Eugene, our resident newsman brings up of the strange or funny news items that have been trending since we last saw him. Then, the Café Seoul crew answer YOUR submitted questions about life in Korea. Wanna ask something? Give us a shout at cafeseoulpodcast@gmail.com Roboseyo is on the pulse, interviewing interesting people living in Korea, or leading a discussion that's been trending in the blogosphere, the twittersphere, or any other sphere there might be. What started off as a bi-weekly comedy podcast has now morphed into a talk show format that discusses issues and current events in Korea, while still keeping a tiny bit of comedic flair. In the days where we were a snl ripoff, there is a lot of background music in the podcast and most of it is provided by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com

Cafe Seoul: Expat Life in Korea Eugene Hwang & Rob Ouwehand

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Café Seoul is an award-winning podcast for and by expats living in Korea. Join Rob, Eugene and friends as they discuss many issues and experiences in the country they now call home. On news of the weird with Eugene, our resident newsman brings up of the strange or funny news items that have been trending since we last saw him. Then, the Café Seoul crew answer YOUR submitted questions about life in Korea. Wanna ask something? Give us a shout at cafeseoulpodcast@gmail.com Roboseyo is on the pulse, interviewing interesting people living in Korea, or leading a discussion that's been trending in the blogosphere, the twittersphere, or any other sphere there might be. What started off as a bi-weekly comedy podcast has now morphed into a talk show format that discusses issues and current events in Korea, while still keeping a tiny bit of comedic flair. In the days where we were a snl ripoff, there is a lot of background music in the podcast and most of it is provided by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com

    Cafe Seoul 2019 04 12 514 The end? (Or is it?)

    Cafe Seoul 2019 04 12 514 The end? (Or is it?)

    Review of Game of Thrones -  Most satisfying deaths, predictions, retrospective of the series so far, etc etc. It wouldn't be Café Seoul without nerding it up.

    The Best Goodbyes - Rob finds goodbyes from books, movies, songs and other forms of pop culture. Eugene has to guess where they come from.

    On the Pulse: Exit Interview - Rob and Eugene reflect on the past 10 years in Korea. Rob asks Eugene to make top three lists on various expat in Korea related topics while introducing some of his own. Rob also reads a sad sappy (heartfelt) letter to inflate Eugene's ego (but really really appreciated).

    • 3 Std 17 Min.
    Cafe Seoul 2017 09 07 513 Blackface Supplement - The Bigger Picture

    Cafe Seoul 2017 09 07 513 Blackface Supplement - The Bigger Picture

    This is a supplement to the blackface episode (season 5 episode 2), featuring Fatimaah-Joso Menefee, who penned us a critical email regarding our content in that episode. We invited her to have her via audio clips, and we responded.

    • 50 Min.
    Cafe Seoul 2017 08 25 512 Out in Korea

    Cafe Seoul 2017 08 25 512 Out in Korea

    Wow, this episode is like 6 months late. Apologies to our guest Hyunsoo Kim, who was kind enough to visit with us in August of 2017 to discuss being "Out" in Korea. Out meaning... LGBTQ. 

    News of the Weird:

    -Chinese Restaurant gives discounts based on bra size
    -Ariana Grande creates problem during first concert in Korea, showing favoritism towards Japan
    -NY Times calls bubble tea a new trend

    On the Pulse: Discussion with Hyunsoo Kim of what it is like to be LGBTQ in Korea, compared to other places that she has lived.

    • 1 Std. 35 Min.
    Cafe Seoul 2017 08 04 511 Cut for the Very First Time

    Cafe Seoul 2017 08 04 511 Cut for the Very First Time

    After a long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long period of being very very very very very busy, Eugene has actually finally found time to edit this episode.  Rydia is back and our subject today is plastic surgery.



    But rather than criticize all the people in Korea getting it, we are discussing why Rydia made the decision to get it in the first place. 

    During the initial banter of this episode we got some letters from Dave and from Kathleen. Dave's letter sparked a discussion on Western remakes of Asian films. Kathleen's letter caused us to discuss foreigner privilege in Korean settings.



    News of the Weird:

    -(Korea Herald) Rural village in Korea exposed to nudist resort
    -(Huffington Post) - Blogger Praises K-Beauty While Calling Asians ‘Ching Chongs’ In ‘Funny Clothes’
    -(BBC) - TV host's race jokes spark Brazil-Korea online war


    Rydia Kim was once a co-host on Café Seoul, and she's returned to discuss plastic surgery in Korea. As someone who recently got a procedure or two herself, she's here to elaborate on her decision to get plastic surgery, and how her initial aversion to the practice was overcome. She also goes in detail about how the procedures have helped her to be confident and how it is important to have a positive body image. Later Rob and Rydia discuss why plastic surgery is such a trend in Korea, and how body alterations work in the context of Korea's modern culture.

    Rydia can be found @Rydia0722 on Instagram

    If you're an expat in Korea, chances are that you are her friend on facebook already, or are at least friends with someone who is her friend. She's very popular afterall.

    • 1 Std. 32 Min.
    Café Seoul 2017 07 21 510 There's a HYPHEN!

    Café Seoul 2017 07 21 510 There's a HYPHEN!

    Nerdy friends rejoice! This is the Spider-Man Homecoming Special episode!

    Teen Hero Popularity Contest - Similarly to what we did in the Wonder Woman episode, we talk about some of our favorite teen characters from movies and TV (and books), then make them face off against each other in a 1:1 battle royale to find out which one would hypothetically kick the ass of the others.


    Spider-Man Orientation - Discussion of the Spider-Man character, and how we came to know him, as well as some of our favorite storylines, and ranking the movies he's appeared in so far.


    Spider-Man Homecoming - In depth discussion of the most recent film, Spider-Man Homecoming.

    Special thanks to Emma Kalka for stalking us and using the dark side of the force to trick us into inviting her to appear in this episode.

    • 2 Std 28 Min.
    Cafe Seoul 2017 07 13 509 Traditionally Speaking

    Cafe Seoul 2017 07 13 509 Traditionally Speaking

    Café Seoul is back! Korea's traditional culture is the topic of this episode, and we have one of the most knowledgable academics on hand to discuss the role that traditional culture, specifically performance art plays in modern Korean society.

    Special Guest: Dr. CedarBough T. Saeji, Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies

    News of the Weird: 
    -'Creative Korea' slogan abolished
    -Active X to be removed from public websites
    -Scrapping HIV test for native English teachers 'unacceptable'


    On the Pulse:

    How relevant to modern Korean society is Korean traditional culture? Many people who observe Korea suggest that Korea's traditional culture is somewhat removed from its modern one, but is that really the case? In this episode we have the benefit of an academic expert to delve into this topic and find out exactly what role traditional culture, specifically performance art plays in Korea today. In addition to the overlying theme, we discuss some initial access points for Korean traditional culture and how one can go about learning more about and enjoying the rich traditional culture Korea possesses.

    • 1 Std. 19 Min.

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