Offering help to making a difference in Koreanwelfare

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

A True Story of Mrs. James Simmerman and The Chosun Gift Shop. Early in 1966, the ladies of the OWC (officers wives club) started work…

Topic: community, cultural exchange, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy
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Seoul American Elementary School

Contributor: John M Blom

“Over nearly 60 years, SAES has instructed thousands of students and allowed them to learn about the American and Korean cultures, building bridges between the two nations.”

Topic: cultural exchange, Education, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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Aigo, aigo!

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to teach the most used Korean word to newly arriving U.S. military personnel in Korea?

Topic: cultural exchange, Cultural shock, Education, Language, People
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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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From Samgakji with love

Contributor: Chang Soon Hee

Sara told us they are going to marry as soon as her divorce is finalized. Sara said he is a civilian working at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The smiling American invited us to have a lunch and we all squeezed into his car which had a U.S. Army number plate.

Topic: cultural exchange, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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An English book store in Itaewon

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

“We sell, buy and exchange – since 1974” says the advertisement of foreign book store located at southern end of Itaewon township, near Line #6…

Topic: Books, cultural exchange, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Yongsan Garrison as the source of new culture

Contributor: Nam SangSo

Blondie There was a large white washed wall among buildings lined up facing a river and bridge before entering into Uljin township, North Gyeongsang province.…

Topic: cultural exchange, Education, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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AFKN disk jockey and discotheque

Contributor: Nam SangSo

We Korean architects had heard of the disco but never had the design experience. And noticing the AFKN disk jockeys talked like avant-garde artists at a commissary diner, I decided to visit the station just across the street.

Topic: cultural exchange, Music, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Sharing fashion trends in South Korea

Contributor: Rich Kent and Bill Smothers

United Nations Command and United States Forces Korea have been a big influence in setting the fashion trend in South Korea back in the 50’s…

Topic: cultural exchange, Fashion, People, Yongsan Legacy
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The first bottled water in Korea has origins linked to Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Mr. Choi Byung-Hyo

Diamond Water, the first commercial drinking water to be approved in South Korea, and passing the water quality test by the hygiene authority of the USKF, in Yongsan in 1977

Topic: cultural exchange, Food, People, Yongsan Legacy
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The influence of Western fashion through the US Army

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy

US ARMY  hosts a fashion show by Korean designers Choi Kyungja and Andre Kim in Seoul, 1959 Andre Kim(August 24, 1935 – August 12, 2010)…

Topic: cultural exchange, Fashion, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Oksusu-ppang (cornbread)

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

“When I was a kid in elementary school in Korea the school provided cornbread as a daily snack to the students just before class was…

Topic: cultural exchange, Food
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Learning English with an American GI

Contributor: Bill Morgenstein

As the U.S. military relocates out of Yongsan Garrison, Yongsan Legacy aims to archive the living memories of those who served, worked and lived there.…

Topic: cultural exchange, People
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