Following footsteps, in reverse

Decades ago, my parents left Korea and immigrated to the United States. Half a century later, I find myself doing the opposite.

Seoul from Namsan

Decades ago, my parents left Korea and immigrated to the United States. They were 30 years old, had no family in the US, and left almost everything behind in the country where they had grown up.

I have always respected the courage they had and wondered if I could hypothetically do the same. When I turned 30, I was working at PUMA in charge of global marketing operations as well as digital marketing, living in a Boston suburb with a top-rated school system, and making a decent salary (but shoveling a LOT of snow). I was settled and to follow in my parents’ footsteps seemed infeasible and inadvisable for the path that I appeared to be on.

But now, a half-century later, I have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my parents. It just happens to be walking back the way they came, as I’m moving to Seoul.

3 thoughts on “Following footsteps, in reverse”

  1. I was in Seoul for the first time last fall, wish I had more time to enjoy and explore. A vibrant city with more neighborhoods than I expected. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures and hope you are able to find a good Red Sox-friendly bar.

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