Archive for October, 2006

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~Huzzah~

October 22, 2006

As she scurries like the late-fall squirrels, getting her acorns all in a row, Dominica had enough spare time to venture to the 19th Century French Studies Colloquium down in JohnMellencampTown, er, Bloomington, Indiana, where she didn’t merely read her nice conference paper… but walked away with the prize for best graduate student submission – the Schor Memorial Award, named after Naomi Schor, a towering figure in Romance Languages who sought to bring together psychology, feminism, and literary studies in one exciting (yes, my non-academic friends, i said exciting 🙂 ) package.

Congrats, my dear! A well-deserved prize for a hard working scholar. Only a few weeks left and the long journey meets its jubilant end. As they say here… Dominica, FIGHTING!

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Thanks Cousin Jane! – the Cap Times – Yay!

October 18, 2006

Wow… i never knew the blog would take me to the (little) big time! But indeed, i’ve traversed from pixel to page. It seems that one of my lurkers, a cousin who works for the the Madison Capitol Times, had her interest piqued enough to suggest to an editor that perhaps i could write a full-on op-ed for them to publish. So I did, and they did. Huzzah.

I’m thinking Dad may not be too pleased, as I veered a bit from the “I report, you decide” model with this one…

The only thing they really changed was my title, and that was probably smart. My original “Korea has Stood Up! Now Give the Baby his Candy and Let’s Move On.” Also, in the bio blurb, Dominica made the editorial insertion of “University of Michigan” huh huh. I wasn’t really sure I wanted to have such a public “coming out” in my hometown paper. 🙂

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Just checkin’ in

October 16, 2006

Hey folks, just wanted to say hi and let you know I’m thinkin of ya!
Things here in Pusan are just dandy. Lots of sun, swimming in the sea,
running in the mountains, and watching movies. Well, not so many
movies, as my friend is keeping me busy helping him out with this and
that, but I have indeed had the pleasure of meeting an interesting
Korean director whose film debuted here in Pusan. 

I’d write more, but it’s is late, I’m dead tired, and
only have the lady on the ceiling to look forward to when I go home.

Some friends I’ve met here and the PIFF Pavillion, where all the stars are!

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Just checkin' in

October 16, 2006

Hey folks, just wanted to say hi and let you know I’m thinkin of ya!
Things here in Pusan are just dandy. Lots of sun, swimming in the sea,
running in the mountains, and watching movies. Well, not so many
movies, as my friend is keeping me busy helping him out with this and
that, but I have indeed had the pleasure of meeting an interesting
Korean director whose film debuted here in Pusan. 

I’d write more, but it’s is late, I’m dead tired, and
only have the lady on the ceiling to look forward to when I go home.

Some friends I’ve met here and the PIFF Pavillion, where all the stars are!

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ahhh, yes!

October 12, 2006



ahhh, yes!

Originally uploaded by dominica_1972.

as i’m busy with research and helping my friends, i won’t actually have time to see too many movies here. luckily, the ceiling above my bed provides plenty of thrills all its own. while the European-like skyline adds a touch of class, this is seriously degraded by the heavy metal-ish interruption of the snake, coiling suggestively around her legs.

I’ll not soon forget my Pusan lover, indeed. We’ll always have Pusanl

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The escape is complete – Liveblogging PIFF 2006

October 10, 2006

Well… it seems as maybe the “test” was perhaps either a failure, or a ruse. Some are saying the bomb bombed, while others are saying that maybe it was conventional weapons meant to mimic a nuclear explosion. For know, we just wonder. I do know that some taxi drivers are pretty concerned. On my way to Seoul Station, i brought up the news of the nuke test, and the driver started going off and didn’t stop till we got to the station some 20 minutes away. His take, “We have a saying, give the crying baby candy and it shuts up. But your president doesn’t like giving candy, only vinegar. And the baby now has a bomb. Not good.”

Regardless of whether the test was real or not, I’m outta Seoul for the next week and a half. I’ve already arrived in Pusan and am writing from my new digs, the office of Cine21 magazine. Here I’ll be hanging out with a friend, getting the inside scoop on the latest films in Asia and beyond and will dutifully report back to you, my dear readers.

UPDATE: woah, my first hoisik (company meal) has come and gone and i can barely type straight. nevertheless, at 3.00 a.m. i lay resolute to bring you the facts of life in korea. I think i might get to sit in on an interview with Andy Lau. We’ll see… i’ll let you know. Until tomorrow…..

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sigh

October 9, 2006

today was the first gloomy day of fall, and i’m not just talking about the fact that the world’s neck collectively snapped to attention in our direction. after about a month straight of sunny and warm, today was gray, damp, and cool and the wind blew straight through me for the first time since last winter.

i was inside my office early, in a two hour meeting for six hours, and then didn’t even start the long trek home till it was already getting dark. commuters huddled around the tv at the subway station to hear their leader speak sternly about grave events. the hush on the bus was interrupted only by the dismal prospects discussed by scholars on news radio. to top it off, my head hurts, my nose is stuffy, i have sneezes, aches and pains.

i’m going to spend the night cleaning house and listening to the saddest wilco songs, with the lights on low. it’s like castor oil, except for crying. the only consolation as the tears begin to fall, is knowing that at least it’s a sign i’m still alive and kicking.

Far, far away
From those city lights
That might be shining on you tonight
Far, far away from you
On the dark side of the moon

I long to hold you in my arms and sway
Kiss and ride on the CTA
I need to see you tonight

UPDATE: ah…. ok, that’s better. the medicine is kicking in, the evening coffee has mellowed me, a couple more work projects are completed (kaching!), and I finally got to talk with my older brother for the first time since I left home. Thanks pharmacy, thanks wilco, thanks caffeine, thanks Mark – i feel much better!