Love is a “many”

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

……when we were invited to a dinner at an army mess hall or Dragon Hill Lodge in the South Post, Yongsan Garrison, I refrained from serving kimchi to my husband and myself one day ahead of the meeting day.

Topic: cultural exchange, Cultural shock, Food, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Korean garlic is a healthy food  

“Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.”  It’s an American romance film of 1950 set in Hong Kong. William Holden who falls in love with a doctor from China played by Jennifer Jones, encounters prejudice from her family and Hong Kong society.

The widowed Jennifer (Han Suyin) too falls in love with an American war correspondent William (Mark Elliott) and their love scenes are beautifully filmed and, as I remember, many Korean girls (grandmothers now) had fancied to experience a such beautiful romance.

Despite the film’s romantic subject and their chemistry on the screen, William and Jennifer could barely stand each other on the locations.  He was turned off by her obsessive involvement with her character, complains about her costumes and about her dialogue in the movie. Soon they were barely speaking to one another.  William claimed she chewed garlic before shooting their love scenes to discourage him his love scenes with her, according to an American movie media.

We Koreans, especially women, knew that the westerners don’t like the smell of garlic. The garlic is yet everywhere in Korean foods and it has long been a common and healthy seasoning, so vampires fear it.

Left image shows garlic, one of the most common ingredients in Korean food . Right image displays a table with Korean dishes and side dishes

When we were invited to a dinner at an army mess hall or Dragon Hill Lodge in the South Post, Yongsan Garrison, I refrained from serving kimchi to my husband and myself one day ahead of the meeting day.

William Holden had impressed many movie viewers with his fine romantic performances despite the garlic scent coming from the mouth of beautiful Jennifer Jones.

  1. S. In the movie William Holden dies while covering Korean War.

By Chang Soon-hee, a grandmother who lives in Seoul. Her husband worked at K-6/Camp Humphreys and U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan for 20 years.