One Hundred and Seventeen Days: A Memory of Korea


| August 23, 2000


One Hundred and Seventeen Days: A Memory of Korea, Eric Costen, Carbon Magazine
Ever considered teaching English in Korea? Eric Costen's story should be enough to change anyone's mind. After evading immigration officials and enduring an overbearing boss for over three months, Costen, who was teaching without a work permit, had enough. As he describes in his disillusioned account of life as an illegal alien, all he can do is hope that Mr. Kim won't report him to the authorities when he doesn't show up for class one day. 'A few weeks before I arrived Lauren Ryan took off on Mr. Kim and he reported her to the immigration officials who stopped her as she was boarding her plane home. She wasn't arrested, he told me. She wasn't even charged. But she was detained long enough that the plane left without her. Mr. Kim knows this because his brother-in-law works as a customs officer and he has done it many times before.' -- LU
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