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Archive for April 7, 2008

KOREANS and ROMANIANS (I)

Here I am a US citizen (ok – Canadian too) born in Romania and living in Korea.  How am I adjusting?  I think I am adjusting pretty well.  I am learning about Korea and Koreans, and I am catching a bit of the language too (though I love languages, I do not have much time these days).

A few things about Korea and Koreans helped me see parallels with Romania and Romanians.

First of all is the location of our countries and the size.  Both of our countries are relatively small (even NK included) and we are both surrounded by three great empires which seek and sought to control our territories.  Romania is surrounded by Turkey, Russia, and Hungary.  Of course – with the exception of Russia (which now doesn’t even have a border with Romania), Turkey and Hungary are relatively weak contries.  However – I am talking about the past.  At one time or another – Romania was under the influence (and even oppression) of the Ottoman Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, or Russian Empire (Soviet Union etc).

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