We’ve been doing YouTube part-time and somewhat of a hobby for years now, but now that we’ve reached 100K it’s time to get serious! Well… serious enough to publish regular weekly content.
One series we have started is looking at news and trends from Korea every week. Hugh will pick a few topics in Korean news and we will discuss them. Often what is happening in Korea news and what gets translated internationally can very a lot, so this should give a bit of a glimpse into what people are talking about in Korea.
I’ll also share something from Australia and try to find the weirdest thing that has happened. Usually something weird going on in Australia!
We are going to be doing a lot of experimenting with other videos too, so we can find out what content we like making, and what videos people want to watch. Unfortunately Hugh’s body transformation viral video negatively affects us because we gained a bunch of subscribers interested in fitness and health content, but that’s not what our main content is about. That looks bad in the YouTube algorithm, even though we have great comments on our video, because YouTube is showing our videos to the wrong people. We are trying to flip the balance so that our videos show to people interested in Korea and intercultural content, rather than just…. dudebros… haha.
Watch the video to see more about Hugh’s experience!
Earlier in the year Hugh travelled to Spain to compete in this TV show with contestants around the world. In this video we show you some footage of that while Hugh talks about the experience.
More from Hugh:
“When they first contacted me to be on a TV show I wasn’t sure if it was real or not. It was on my bucket list to be on a survival show like that. Realising it was real I was kind of nervous if I could do it or not. But was thinking that it’s a good way to challenge myself and could help my family. I want my son to be proud of me and my wife to be proud of me. So I said yes I would join.
I went to Spain to film this TV show called ‘Thru’. I went with another Korean Jina Kim who is also a YouTuber. It was my first time to go to Europe so I was very excited but at the same time I was very nervous.
I met other contestants and people were really nice, people from all different countries. I had a once in a lifetime experience. Because of this I met so many good people and now a few of them are my best friends, even though we are not in the same country.
I did my best, so I hope you enjoy the show. It was really fun, so if you want to challenge something in your life, I recommend you try next season too!”
This TV show is shown around the world so see if it’s available where you are. In Korea it’s on the ‘Insight TV’ channel if you have SK Broadband. It’s also available for streaming on their website. Click here.
I have another new comic series! This one is inspired by our son Yul and I’m currently uploading on the WEBTOONS platform.
Our son Yul was named after a historical figure in Korea, a famous general in the 1500’s Gwon Yul (though the name can be romanized other ways). This new comic series is about if Yul had some characteristics of his namesake, and babies are demanding anyway so it makes perfect sense! haha.
The timing also worked out that I can enter this series into the new competition on the WEBTOON platform. So if you are enjoying it, please go and like, comment, share and rate as a percentage counts towards judges decisions.
As you may already know, Hugh has rebranded his own YouTube channel and it’s now called ‘Korean Appa’. It’s where he puts little videos of him and Yul. He also wants to use it as a platform to encourage other fathers in Korea to be more involved with their children. Lots more will be coming on that channel soon!
Hugh has rebranded his YouTube channel (which previously was just a place for TV appearances we had done and random stuff) to a father and baby channel where he will show little videos of him and Yul. It’s called “Korean Appa”.
“Appa” means daddy in Korean and Hugh is emphasising that he is in Korea and will be speaking a lot of Korean in the videos. He wants to record these memories with Yul, but also wants to encourage and motivate Korean men to be more involved with their children. Many Korean men grew up with fathers who were emotionally distant (the old fashioned belief that raising children was only the mother’s job) and while men now want to be more involved with their kids it can be hard if they didn’t have a good role model.
Hugh is a new father but hopes his own journey inspires others too. He will also be showing how we are raising Yul to be bilingual and in two cultures. The reason why he is uploading on this channel and not the MKH channel is because we don’t want to have too much baby spam on there. On this ‘Korean Appa’ channel there can be lots of little videos while on MKH they are a longer and more edited format.
Please subscribe if you are interested in seeing more of Hugh and Yul together and want to know about what it’s like to be a modern father in Korea. We hope that it can be encouraging to other fathers as well. We think carefully about what we put of Yul online and always try to make sure the positives outweigh the negatives. So far documenting our story not only preserves those precious memories in a way photos can’t, but also helps us to constantly be thinking and revaluating about what is important in our own relationship and what we want and need for our family. 20 years ago we wouldn’t have shown our child in this public way, but times have changed a lot and children can very soon make their own social media accounts without parents knowing. By being more public with our videos we hope to educate Yul about social media and how to create a positive identity online.
We already get so many comments from people about how seeing Yul in our photos and videos makes their day or how they are encouraged when they see us as a family together. I hope we can continue to be something positive and encouraging.
The majority of videos will be in Korean but there are English subtitles, just click for the CC or subtitles at the bottom of the video.
Update to let you know there are new episodes of my new series ‘Either Way’ up! Click here to read them. This webtoon deals with issues like endometriosis, infertility and IVF. The response has been amazing and we are already over 1000 subscribers. There have been so many awesome comments too!