Asian American Resources You Might Not Know of [2022]

Lingua Asia_Asian American Resources You Might Not Know of

From tax breaks to legal aid, there are many free resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

This article covers the best benefits available including:

  • scholarships
  • tax credits
  • legal resources
  • youth groups
  • mental health resources
  • and more!

While researching this post, I was surprised at the number of perks, organizations and programs that offer assistance to Asian Americans.

Let’s get started!

Lingua Asia_Asian American Resources You Might Not Know of
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19 Korean American Actors Who Are Killing it in Hollywood

Lingua Asia_Korean American Actors Who Are Killing it in Hollywood

Lingua Asia_Korean American Actors Who Are Killing it in Hollywood
Photo courtesy of Thomas Wolf

From zombie slayers to intergalactic explorers, Korean American actors are finding more roles in major motion pictures and TV shows.

Not only are they easy to look at, many of these actors come from wealthy families and attended the top schools in the states. (✿◡‿◡)

Here are the most popular Korean American actors!

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How to Have a Blast at Noraebang (노래방) the Korean Way [2022]

Lingua Asia_Complete Guide to Noraebang (노래방)

Lingua Asia_Complete Guide to Noraebang (노래방)

After you’ve hit the bars and clubs, there’s only one thing to make the night complete. Noraebang of course!

It’s a must-do activity on a trip to South Korea or K-town.

Whether you’re hanging out with your friends, on a date, climbing the ladder at company gatherings (회식) or simply enjoying singing by yourself, Noraebang is a deeply-rooted part of Korean culture.

Here’s everything you need to know about it!

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Korean Language Apps That Actually Work: The Best Free and Paid Ones [2022]

Lingua Asia_Korean Language Apps That Actually Work The Best Free and Paid Ones

Want to learn Korean between scrolling through Instagram or Reddit?

There are hundreds of apps that will teach you from the comfort of your smartphone. You can even learn Korean from a passive-aggressive cartoon owl. What an age we live in.

The problem is, which one’s right for you? Too many Korean language apps, so little time.

Learning Korean with apps is like going on a treasure hunt with pieces of a map. Each one tells you something, but won’t get you all the way.

I’m here to help put them together!

Lingua Asia_Korean Language Apps That Actually Work The Best Free and Paid Ones

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How To Do Koreatown Right: Best Ways to Have Fun in K-towns Across the US

Lingua Asia_How To Do Koreatown Right Fun Things To Do in K-towns Across the US
Lingua Asia_How To Do Koreatown Right Fun Things To Do in K-towns Across the US
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In most major cities, you’ll find a hyper-local area dedicated to Korean food and culture along with a pocket of Korean people who live there. Aptly named, we call these places Koreatown or K-town.

There are over ten Koreatowns in the states, and some of the most notable ones are in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Whether you live in the city or want to visit a K-town in America, this guide will let you in on all the best ways to make the most out of your time in Koreatown.

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Why Koreans Celebrate Teachers’ Day (스승의 날) and How It Has Changed [2022]

Lingua Asia_Korean Teachers day

Teachers are kind of a big deal in Korea. On top of being respected and well-paid, they also get a special day just for them. (✿◡‿◡)

Teachers’ Day is a time to show appreciation for how they shape young minds, the future of society.

But, it’s changing every year. Find out why it’s important and how it’s different now.

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Everything You Need to Know About Korean Parents’ Day (어버이날) [2022]

Lingua Asia_Korean Celebrations_Parents' Day (어버이날)

Parents’ Day is the “two birds with one stone” of Korean holidays.

If you want to score points with Korean parents or in-laws, you’re going to love it!

Sure, they might say you can skip it, but you should never take their word for it. never. ever. (⊙ˍ⊙)

It’s pretty convenient to have one combined Parents’ Day, so you can go all out.

Let’s get started!

Lingua Asia_Korean Celebrations_Parents' Day (어버이날)

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Why Children’s Day (어린이날) is a Thing in Korea [2022]


Need another reason to give your kids gifts? You’re in luck, there’s a Children’s Day in Korea!

You can enjoy it with your kids or even celebrate by yourself (spoiler alert: you can until you turn 28)!

Children’s Day is like another Christmas in South Korea.

Let’s find out more!

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The 6 Best Places to Buy Korean Food Online in America

Lingua Asia_The 5 Best Places to Buy Korean Food Online in America
Lingua Asia_The 5 Best Places to Buy Korean Food Online in America

Korean cuisine is pretty special—but if you want to cook Korean meals at home, you’ll need authentic ingredients. Luckily, there are plenty of places where you can buy real Korean food online in the USA!

These 6 stores are the best for completing your online Korean food shopping trip—if you live in the contiguous states of the USA (sorry Alaska and Hawaii!).

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핌슬러(Pimsleur) 후기: 외국어 학습/독학 어플 추천 [2022]

Lingua Asia_핌슬러(Pimsleur) 후기 외국어 학습독학 어플 추천

영어, 스페인어, 프랑스어, 일본어… 외국어 공부를 결심하셨나요?

학원, 과외, 유튜브, 어플 등 다양한 학습방법이 있지만, 제일 중요한 회화, “스피킹“을 위해서는 제 경험상 어플이 제일 유용하더라구요.

저는 여행 가기 전이나 직업상 필요할 때마다 핌슬러를 사용하고 있는데, 영어뿐만 아니라 제2외국어를 공부하기에 최고의 앱입니다.

한국에서보다 외국에서 더 유명한 핌슬러!

핌슬러 어플 리뷰 갑니다.

Lingua Asia_핌슬러(Pimsleur) 후기 외국어 학습독학 어플 추천

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Top 8 Korean Social Media (SNS) Apps to Get You Socializing [2022]

Lingua Asia_Top 8 Korean Social Media (SNS) Apps

Looking for new friends in Korea? (☞゚ヮ゚)☞

Get some, with Korean social media apps!

Apps are like friends, you can never have too many!

Here are the 8 social media apps/platforms that every Korean knows, but you might not.

I may not have been born using apps, but I have way more of them than friends these days. (totally blaming the pandemic here)

Let’s check them out!

Lingua Asia_Top 8 Korean Social Media (SNS) Apps

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Why Korean Food is The Best on Earth (Even Better Than the Mediterranean Diet)

Lingua Asia_Why Korean Food is The Best on Earth (Even Better Than the Mediterranean Diet)
Lingua Asia_Why Korean Food is The Best on Earth (Even Better Than the Mediterranean Diet)

Korean food is gaining popularity by the day, and tens of thousands of people want to know where you can get the best Korean food in Los Angeles or NYC. But the truth is you can enjoy amazing Korean cuisine from the comfort of your home—and here’s why.

Korean food is the best food on this planet, no matter how you spin it or where it’s from.

And I’m not just talking about Korean BBQ or bibimbap. Here are 5 reasons why Korean food is hands down the best cuisine on this planet.

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BS-Free Pimsleur App Review: Why it’s Best for Learning Korean and Japanese [2022]

Lingua Asia_Pimsleur Review Best Korean Language Learning App

You may have noticed we’re pretty big on Pimsleur here.

The main reason being it works.

Pimsleur is especially effective for East Asian languages like Korean and Japanese, which are tough for English speakers.

Learning a second language is a lifetime endeavor. There’s no magic bullet.

Pimsleur is a specialized tool that helps jump start your journey and saves you months of frustration.

Here’s a personal review of the Pimsleur app.

Lingua Asia_Pimsleur Review Best Korean Language Learning App

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Korean Dishes You Need in Your Life: 3 You Can Make at Home in the US

Lingua Asia_Korean Dishes You Need in Your Life 3 You Can Make at Home in the US
Lingua Asia_Korean Dishes You Need in Your Life 3 You Can Make at Home in the US

We can’t all experience the joy of traveling to Seoul and eating all the food we can stomach. But, if you live in the US, there are plenty of ways to get your hands on great Korean dishes.

These three are my all-time favorite Korean comfort foods, and they’re easy to get or make if you live in the States. Just head over to your local H-Mart or another Asian grocer for the ingredients.

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16 Must-Try Korean Fruits and Why They Make a Great Gift

Lingua Asia_Korean Fruits You Need To Try

Lingua Asia_Korean Fruits You Need To Try

Fruit is a big part of daily life in Korea.

You might notice families eating neatly sliced giant pears after meals on K-dramas. The traditional reward for giving up your seat on a bus to an older lady is a tangerine.

The reasons for this are many. Most of all, they’re a great source of vitamins, making a yummy natural dessert after meals.

Put some nature’s candy in a basket and you’ve got the perfect gift guaranteed to please Koreans over 40.

Here are Korean fruits you must try, categorized by each season and region!

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7 Tips for Celebrating a Korean Birthday to Remember [2022]

Lingua Asia_How to Celebrate Korean Birthday

Seaweed soup, all-nighters and some playful violence (or theatrical romance), Koreans celebrate their birthdays with a twist.

This post covers:

  • how to celebrate with friends, family and significant others
  • how to sing the happy birthday song in Korean
  • Korean birthday cake and gift ideas
  • how to write a birthday card in Korean
  • how to set up a Korean birthday
  • and more!

Birthday parties are loads of fun in Korea. Here’s how we celebrate them.

Lingua Asia_How to Celebrate Korean Birthday

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5 Reasons Why Seollal (설날) is the Best and Biggest Holiday in Korea [2022]

Korean Celebrations Happy Seollal (설날) 2022

Are you excited about Seollal and want to know more about the holiday?

You’re in luck! 😘

I wrote a post to cover everything that makes Seollal great!

Seollal covers a lot in Korea. It’s like Christmas and New Year’s all rolled into one with a sprinkle of Halloween (instead of candy you get money).

Let’s get started!

Korean Celebrations Happy Seollal (설날) 2022

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How to Understand Your Korean Husband: the Secret to a Happy Marriage

Happy Married Life With Your Korean Husband

Happy Married Life With Your Korean Husband
Photo of Beenzino and Stefanie Michova
(They’re engaged!)

Want to know more about your Korean husband?

Being married takes a lot of work, even with someone from the same culture.

This post will share ways to get along with your Korean husband. 🙂

Let’s find out

  • what to call your husband in Korean
  • pros and cons of Korean husbands
  • their expectations and fears
  • how to communicate better
  • what they celebrate
  • gift ideas

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How to Maintain a Happy Marriage With Your Korean Wife

How to Live a Happy Married Life With Your Korean Wife

How to Live a Happy Married Life With Your Korean Wife

Want to have a good relationship with your Korean wife?

Living a happy married life can be challenging, even with someone from the same culture.

I’m writing this post to help you get along with your Korean spouse. 🙂

Let’s find out

  • what to call your wife in Korean
  • pros and cons of Korean wives
  • their expectations and fears
  • how to communicate better
  • what they celebrate
  • gift ideas

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Basic Korean Words and Phrases You Need to Know

Lingua Asia_Basic Korean Words and Phrases You Need to Know

Lingua Asia_Basic Korean Words and Phrases You Need to Know

Need to learn basic Korean quickly?

Here are answers to the most common questions English speakers have about Korean. They’ll help you communicate in any situation.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Say hello and goodbye
  • Ask for things politely
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Make friends easily
  • Flirt in a non-creepy way
  • Express feelings and emotions naturally
  • Argue like a local
  • and so much more!

I’ve worked for 10 years as a translator, and can help you express yourself as an English speaker with Korean words you need to know.

Let’s get started!

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How to Win Over Your Korean In-laws on Every Occasion

How to Win Over Your Korean In-laws on Every Occasion

How to Win Over Your Korean In-laws on Every Occasion

Need help with your Korean in-laws?

Korean in-laws can be stressful at times, but they’re full of jeong and will help you when you need it.

Meeting them can be nerve-racking, so I want to walk you through what to expect in each situation.

I’ll cover:

  • what to call your Korean in-laws
  • how to dress
  • what they’ll most likely say
  • what to say
  • what to bring as a gift
  • and more!

Let’s get into it!

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16 Unmissable Webtoons Recommended and Reviewed by a Korean

14 Webtoons Recommended by a Korean

Have some time on your hands?

This post covers the best Korean webtoons you can enjoy from the comfort of your phone.

I’ve been reading webtoons on the reg since they were first created, and I’m tired of pretending I don’t^^

Here are the top Korean webtoons categorized by genre and platform.

Let’s check them out, spoiler free!

14 Webtoons Recommended by a Korean

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The Longest List of Korean Gift Ideas for each Holiday and Occasion [2022]

Lingua Asia_Korean Shopping Tips Perfect Gift Ideas

Need some cultural Korean gift ideas that are sure to please (or maybe something yourself ^^)?

This post will help you find the right gift for Koreans and anyone interested in their culture.

I grew up in South Korea and have been known to give a gift or two.

I’ll cover what to give in each situation by age group and gender.

Let’s get started!

Lingua Asia_Korean Shopping Tips Perfect Gift Ideas

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9 Surprising Things about Jeong (정) in Korea that can Upgrade Your Life

Understanding Jeong (정) and How to Build it

To understand jeong is to better understand Korea.

This post explains this unique and sometimes vague meanings of this concept using examples.

So if you want to:

  • understand what jeong means
  • know when it comes in handy
  • find out how to build jeong
  • learn some useful phrases

Then we’ve got you covered.

Jeong is one of my favorite parts of Korean culture.

Let’s get started!

Understanding Jeong (정) and How to Build it

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The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea for Foreigners [2022]

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea

Looking for a fresh start?

This post covers all you need to know about jobs in Korea for foreigners.

It includes:

  • How to find your first job
  • The pros and cons of working in Korea
  • When to apply
  • Which Visa to get

I got my first job in South Korea in 2006 and worked in 8 different industries. Here’s what I learned from my experience.

Let’s dive right in!

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea

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Korean Celebrations: How to Host Doljanchi (돌잔치) and What to Do as a Guest

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained

Getting ready for your first doljanchi?

Make the most out of that special day with some tips from a doljanchi veteran!

This post includes:

  • what doljanchi is
  • reason for doljanchi ceremonies
  • doljabi
  • what to wear and bring as a gift
  • and more!

Doljanchi is a fun part of celebrating Korean heritage.

Find out why it’s so important!

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained
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Essential Korean Titles: What Hoobae (후배) Means and How to Use it

Essential Korean Titles Hoobae (후배) Explained by a Korean

Essential Korean Titles Hoobae (후배) Explained by a Korean

Want to know what it’s like to be someone’s hoobae in South Korea? Not sure how to treat hoobae at work and school?

You’re in luck, I’ve been in both situations!

I’ll go over its meaning and give you cultural context here.

Find out how to use hoobae and the pros and cons of having one.

Let’s get started!

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Korean Celebrations: Hahm (함) Explained

Lingua Asia_Korean Wedding Traditions Hahm (함) Explained

Want to get double the Christmas and Birthday gifts this year?

Hahm is the quirky party that makes it happen!

I’ll explain:

  • definition of hahm
  • reason for hahm ceremonies
  • how it goes
  • and what’s inside a hahm box!

Hahm is more of nostalgia for Koreans, but some are keeping it alive and well.

Let’s find out more!

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Korean Shopping Tips: 25 One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips_One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy

When you want to give a gift that’s sure to make an impression, Etsy is the place to go.

They have authentic items handmade by independent creators to wow any lover of Korean culture.

I checked out the entire Korean gift catalogue on Etsy and found the best ones.

Let the gift giving begin!

Korean Shopping Tips_One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy
Hadong Tea Plantation, South Korea

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Korean Shopping Tips: 19 Stylish Korean Outfits and Modern Hanbok on Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips 15 Stylish Korean Outfits and Hanbok on Etsy

Want to make an impression without breaking the bank?

Korean fashion offers versatile outfits that are sure to turn heads.

For a timeless look, modern Korean hanbok can be worn on every occasion from Sunday brunch to Monday meetings at the office. Best of all, they wrap to fit your body, so anyone can wear one!

Etsy has a surprising amount of handcrafted Korean clothes by independent creators.

I checked out the entire Korean outfit catalog for the hidden gems.

Find out which ones made the cut!

Korean Shopping Tips 15 Stylish Korean Outfits and Hanbok on Etsy

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Korean Celebrations: Coming-of-Age Day (성년의 날)

Korean Celebrations Coming of Age Day (성년의 날)

Coming-of-age day is a big event that not many outside Korea know about.

I’m going to explain how to celebrate it right.

Use these tips to fully enjoy your college life and make that once-in-a-lifetime event more special!

I’ll cover:

  • what coming-of-age day is
  • why being 20 years old so important in Korea
  • which gift to give
  • and more!

Let’s find out more!

Korean Celebrations Coming of Age Day (성년의 날)

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Korean Celebrations: How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑)

Korean Celebrations How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑)

Want to do something special for your parent’s 60th birthday?

Make the most out of that once-in-a-lifetime event with some tips from a hwangap veteran!

I’ll cover:

  • definition of hwangap
  • reason for hwangap party
  • gift ideas
  • what to wear
  • and more!

Hwangap janchi is a fun part of celebrating Korean heritage.

I’ve been through two of them. Here’s how they went!

Korean Celebrations How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑)

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The Easy Way to Make Your First Blog a Success [2022]

The Easy Way to Make Your First Blog a Success

Want to start your blog today?

This guide covers everything you need to know about how to start a blog as a beginner.

Whether you want a hobby, side hustle or business blog, you’ll find the best way to set one up along with:

  • how to choose topics for your blog and get people to read it
  • inside tips on how to fast track your blog to financial freedom
  • why you shouldn’t use Bluehost, Elementor, Yoast or Jetpack

I’ve grown my blog from 300 to 30,000 monthly users in half a year with little experience.

Here’s how I’ve done it!

The Easy Way to Make Your First Blog a Success

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Best of Korean Culture: Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Want to know how the Korean concept of gibun is different from mood in English?

We’ve got you covered!

It includes:

  • what it means
  • how to read it
  • how to improve it
  • and more!

Gibun is a less talked about part of Korean culture that’s just as important as the others.

Let’s dive right in!

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Best of Korean Culture: How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

This post explains the Japanese and Korean concept of shoukakkou/sohwakhaeng.

It includes:

  • what they mean
  • how they differ
  • examples
  • and more!

Sohwakhaeng is something that you can use every day to make life a little sweeter.

Let’s get started!

How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou  (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

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3 Meanings of Ajumma (아줌마): Why You Should Never Say it to Someone’s Face

The Unstoppable Force Ajumma Explained by a Korean

The Unstoppable Force Ajumma Explained by a Korean

After surviving war, dictators and economic collapse, ajumma are fresh out of hoots to give.

If you’ve been jostled by one at a grocery store, you know what I mean.

Find out the origin of the word and how to spot one here!

We also cover:

  • how to address an ajumma without incurring their wrath
  • what a Yakult ajumma is
  • combat skills of ajumma
  • and more

Let’s get started!

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Best of Korean Culture: What’s the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea?

What's the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea

Not sure why you keep getting free stuff at Korean restaurants?

This post is all about the wonderful concept of subeesu.

It includes:

  • how to get it
  • what to do after
  • and more!

Subeesu blew my mind when I first found out about it.

Let’s get started!

What's the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea

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Insider Tips: How to Switch to MVNO (알뜰폰) Plan [2022]

How to Switch to 알뜰폰 (MVNO) Plan [2021]

How to Switch to 알뜰폰 (MVNO) Plan [2021]

Want to save money while living in Korea?

This guide walks you through the MVNO (알뜰폰) registration process. It can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your phone plan.

We’ll go over how it works, why you should switch and where to find a plan.

I registered for 알뜰폰 and it’s working out great.

Let’s check it out!

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