I don’t talk about my faith on my blog very often.
It’s a very personal subject and when I tell people I’m Catholic, those who are non-Catholic or even non-religious, tend to look at me with a certain look in their eyes like they’re saying, “You’re Catholic?” Not everyone of course! But some people do tend to automatically assume you think a certain way on certain subjects. I think I’m also afraid that people are judging me but I can’t see them judging me, which makes me even more uncomfortable.
Personally, I pray to God often for guidance because Catholics are supposed to have certain views on certain subjects. But I have always struggled with agreeing on those views, because I personally don’t understand why. Am I still Catholic if I don’t agree? What kind of person do I want to be when God looks at me? These are questions I think about daily… but that particular subject is probably best saved for a different post.
This past June was the last week of Sunday school at my church, St. Andrew Kim. This was also my second year serving as a Sunday school teacher. I wrote a similar post last year, and I wrote about how difficult that first year was. I ended up having to be the main teacher for the class, because the volunteer who was supposed to be the main teacher had to drop out because of family issues. I ended up with a class of 20 students last year, and it was really, really hard. I am also very quiet and found controlling loud kids was a challenging hurdle to cross.
I’m officially done with my first year of school as a graduate student. Only two more years left! I officially got done on the 5th, although the quarter isn’t really over until the 11th.
This past year went by so fast that I still can’t believe I’m done with my first year of school. But nothing is ever complete without a reflection. So here’s a list of 5 things I’ve learned while in graduate school.
I don’t usually read books like this but picked up a copy because I read a lot of good reviews on it. I also wanted to read more international books, and what better country to start with than the motherland?
The book is broken up into three parts, with three different viewpoints about the main character, Yeong-hye. The author doesn’t tell you who the viewpoints are at first, so it can be a bit unsettling when you realize that a different person is thinking and speaking (all of a sudden). It makes a lot more sense once you realize that the book was originally published in three novelettes.
The point of views featured in the book are: Yeong-hye’s husband, Yeong-hye’s sister’s husband and Yeong-hye’s sister. Honestly her sister was the most “normal” person as both Yeong-hye’s husband and In-hye’s husband were disturbing people.
I wouldn’t re-read the book (honestly, it was kind of weird) but the novel itself had a lot of deep messages. In some ways, I felt like it was an allegory on South Korean culture. Kang touched upon the treatment of mental illnesses in society and in the family, about meat culture, about the role of a man and a woman, about vegetarians living in a meat-loving society, and even about familial love.