Where do you guys live?
We live in Sydney, Australia. My home town is actually in the middle of New South Wales though (about 5 hours drive from Sydney), so we do spend some time with my parents there.
How did you meet?
The short story is that we met through advertising for language exchange. I’d had many Korean friends for several years but most had returned to Korea, so I was looking to make some new friends. My husband, who had been in Australia for a few years and had many international friends, was always interested in meeting new people. We clicked pretty quickly. The day that we met was quite interesting though… you know those movies where the time frame is only 1 day and 1 night but many weird things happen to the characters and it goes from one incident to the next? And in the end the girl ends up with the nice guy? It was like that. I might tell that story one day.
Have you been to Korea?
Yes, in 2011 we stayed in Korea for a month where I met his family for the first time. We returned in 2012 for our traditional Korean wedding. We visited again in 2013. While in Australia we spend a lot of time in Korean areas and communities so I’m usually around more Koreans than I am Australians. Even in my home town we gravitate towards other Koreans.
Will you ever live in Korea?
We are planning to move to Korea at the beginning of 2014 and stay there for a few years.
Can you speak Korean?
I’m still a beginner so my Korean is still very basic. I can understand a lot more than I can say myself.
How did your parents and his parents react to your relationship?
Although I grew up in an area that was predominately white and more prone to prejudice and racism, my parents have always been open minded and accepting of other cultures. They weren’t surprised at me having a Korean boyfriend as I already had many Korean friends and had previously dated Korean guys. They loved him from the first time they met him, so there were no problems there.
My husband’s parents have also been extremely supportive. Before they even met me they told my husband “if you love her, we will love her”. And when I met them in Korea I was welcomed into the family.
Does your husband speak English well?
It depends on how you look at it. He has a Korean accent of course, but he speaks conversational English quite naturally. He learned most of his English while studying in The Philippines and improved immensely by having English speaking friends. His speaking skills are definitely better than his writing skills, which is actually the opposite for a lot of Koreans. Koreans tend to learn English in high school and university but have very little experience speaking it. Many get a big shock when they come to Australia and realise they can barely have a conversation with someone. So my husband, although he gained his English speaking skills as an adult and only in recent years, is quite good at speaking English.
Do you ever have trouble communicating with each other?
I think all couples, even those that speak the same native language, can have this problem. We just tend to more aware of it. We are patient with each other, and don’t jump to conclusions and we ask for clarification before reacting to something. While we don’t speak the same native language, we speak the same language emotionally so we rarely have problems with communication.
What do you use to draw your comics?
I use a Wacom Bamboo tablet. Originally I just used watercolour paints and pen though.
Will you have a book?
I recently signed a publishing deal with a Korean publishing company. The book will be for the Korean market and be all in Korean. Mostly it will be the comics that are already on the blog. I’m hoping after that to release a comic book in English that tells the story of how we met and many things that have not been on the blog yet.
When will you have a baby?
In a few years. We still have a lot of things we want to do first.
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