The Korean Diaspora: Korean American
Being grown and bred from LA, I was exposed to gangsters, hippies, drugs, etc. America’s good at exposing these things and frankly, I loved it. Because it definitely has made me who I am today.
The first time I heard California Girls by Katy Perry somewhere in Seoul, I started screaming out of joy and started dancing! It’s just something CA girls do, and I know other girls do it to.
Throughout my time in college, I was an environmentally conscious person, smoked weed, wore no shoes to class, and embraced being a lover of all things. I bought some decals and cut out huge peace symbols and stuck them on my car.
I remember smoking weed with a friend while we were sitting on the grass out of an apple.
I don’t smoke anymore but I still consider myself a hippie. It’s a part of me that I like.
Having love for one another, being one with mother earth, all that hippie dippie stuff. I just love it 😉
I still love it when I see anyone sporting a peace sign. It’s just a lovely thing to see. As the Beatles say “All you need is love.”
I wore a sweater that saved ‘Save the White Elephants’; it had no meaning but it had SAVE and I just had to have it. I did presentations about seal clubbing, and handed our brochures to encourage people to not eat at Red Lobster, because their seafood came from Canadians who participated in seal clubbing. Ugh, and I still hate it.
I just had a hard time looking up a nice image of seal clubbing, so instead, here’s a picture of an adorable baby seal.
LA is a very diverse area.
I’m not sure if it’s just people from LA who think they feel like a gangster when they hear any Notorious or Tupac song, but I do.
I really do. My best friend and I can get really ghetto, real ghetto.
Maybe that’s why I love watching movies about gangsters.
This is one of my favourite Korean gangster movies that I’ve watched.
When I walk the streets of Seoul sometimes, I can tell when someone’s from LA, because they have a swag that I know. It’s something that can’t be explained; it’s just what LA girls are. We get catty with each other and it’s really annoying sometimes, but it’s all that gangster rap we’ve been listening to !
It makes me wonder what other kyopos consider as part of their own overall makeup in the country they live in.
Anyway, to wrap things up, all I know is when I say ‘giiit it giiiiirl’, it means I like you and shake your money maker. $$$$