20 (Wed) September 2017
at their home
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
Mission to Korea, Day 1.
In Seoul. Here to scope out – Thursday – the accommodations for an upcoming meeting on health ethics that we’re co-organizing with the National Bioethics Committee and also to attend a symposium on healthy ageing – Friday – hosted by the National Assembly.
The evening started out great. Mom’s simple home-cooking – including one of my all-time favorites: squash (hobak) stew (jjigae) with tofu – is always a treat (see also 7.325 Mom’s Comfort Food).
But then … we started talking politics – spurred by something on the news about President Park Geun Hye. I had never before talked politics with my parents. Got real ugly real fast. They’re extreme right-wing conservatives. And me, not sure where I fall within the context of Korean politics, but I am not an extreme right-wing conservative. And that, apparently, makes me a communist. In the end, my mother told me that I was no longer welcome in her home; I could stay the night but never come back – not kidding.