All posts by Jon Dunbar

  • I guess if I'd never seen a stapler before, I'd assume that's the name for it.
    Foreign Loanwords in Korean
    September 17, 2013, No comments

    Like any other language, Korean has collected a lot of loanwords over the centuries. It doesn’t take long after learning a bit of Korean to start noticing the high number of foreign words all around you. You’ve…

  • Korean food is becoming more and more popular in Canada.
    Korean Food in Canada
    August 16, 2013, No comments

    If you follow my posts on here, in which case hi Mom, then you may remember I recently went back to Canada for the first time since 2008. One thing I was looking forward to during that trip was trying the Korean food that was…

  • Looking down on the heart of Edmonton, you can see Whyte Avenue directly below, just to the right of the wing, and downtown Edmonton to the right. The University of Alberta is a little more upwards, contained in that one bend in the river.
    Experiencing reverse culture shock in Canada
    August 1, 2013, No comments

    Returning to Canada last month, I anticipated feelings of culture shock, and I kept track of my encounters with culture shock in my own hometown. Culture shock is a condition of disorientation or total detachment brought…

  • 20th Century Fox
    Music of the Korean War
    July 26, 2013, No comments

    When I’m not back in Canada, I do a guest spot on TBS eFM‘s late afternoon show Re:Play with John Lee. We get together every second Friday for a segement called “Under the Radar” in which we look…

  • My cats interrupted this photo shoot and ended up loving lounging on the floor all over my CDs.
    On-air with Korean independent music
    June 30, 2013, No comments

    A few weeks ago I visited Edmonton, my hometown, for the first time since 2008. One of my goals for the trip was to reconnect with CJSR FM88, my old university radio station where I used to DJ from maybe 1998 to 2003. They offered…

  • nonstopbodyshortycat
    Girl Groups of the Underground
    May 15, 2013, No comments

    If you go to a typical rock concert in Hongdae, the bands are overwhelmingly made up of males, sometimes with a token girl on drums or bass, or a singer backed by an all- or mostly-male band. But every so often a band forms …

  • animals
    Pet names in Korea
    April 26, 2013, No comments

    Way back in 2004 when I was new in Korea, my Korean friend Seungpa used to always tease me about my name. According to many Korean people back then, “John” was an extremely common name for pets, as was “Mary.”&hellip ...