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Corona Tidings from Seoul

A story by Veronica Burgstaller

South Korean wear masks because of the high-pollution levels, when they have a cold, or for the simple vain reason to hide their swollen faces after a beauty surgery. Then one day came the news of a novel virus breaking out in Wuhan, China. The unexpected seriousness of this virus only hit me, when I looked for a mask but none could be found.

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When Air Pollution Turns Heaven to Hell

A story by Christie Pham

On many days, smog hides the buildings and covers the cars.

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Chronicles of an ICU nurse during Covid-19: The Shortage Issue

A story by Lee Jayoung

As an Intensive Care Unit nurse in a major state hospital in Seoul, I have been particularly confronted with problems of shortage: shortages of staff, of facilities and of adequate equipment.

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Chronicles of an ICU Nurse during Covid-19: The Psychological Impact

A story by Lee Jayoung

Since last summer, I have been taking care of Covid-19 patients in need of intensive care. Here is my story about what it is like to work as a nurse during this pandemic.

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Showcasing Hawaiian Culture in South Korea

A story by Jed Solleza

Dance helped me find a sense of home away from home.

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How Drag Helped Me Find Identity and Community in Seoul

A story by Megan Rothnie

I already had a few Queer friends in Korea, but now I had a community, a way into Queer spaces and a place where I could exist as a Queer woman without worrying if I was being too flamboyant.

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Rainbows in Dark Times: Being Queer during Covid

A story by Megan Rothnie

When the first corona case hit Korea, my gay friends and I joked that we'd have to be extra careful because if our community had an outbreak, it'd set us back decades.

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I Am Lucky Enough to Meet Them

A story by Tiffany Ko

Looking back on my journey, there were many difficulties, but there was also lots of happiness thanks to the love and generosity of my Australian family.

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Home Kong

A story by Andy Lee

When I left Hong Kong for graduate school in the US, I was never homesick. Home was just one flight away, the same as ever. That is, until home got sick.

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To Wear a Mask or Not

A story by Kate Tang

If your country does not promote wearing masks as a public safety protocol, I feel okay about it and respect that. But why the choice of wearing one is not respected? We are now in the fourth month dealing with the virus. More and more people are starting to understand that Coronavirus is not just common flu.

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At Correspondents of the World, we want to contribute to a better understanding of one another in a world that seems to get smaller by the day - but somehow neglects to bring people closer together as well. We think that one of the most frequent reasons for misunderstanding and unnecessarily heated debates is that we don't really understand how each of us is affected differently by global issues.

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We believe in quality over quantity. To give ourselves a focus, we started out to collect personal stories that relate to our correspondents' experiences with six different global topics. However, these topics were selected to increase the likelihood that the stories of different correspondents will cover the same issues and therefore illuminate these issues from different perspectives - and not to exclude any stories. If you have a personal story relating to a global issue that's not covered by our topics, please still reach out to us! We definitely have some blind spots and are happy to revise our focus and introduce new topics at any point in time. 

Environment

Discussions about the environment often center on grim, impersonal figures. Among the numbers and warnings, it is easy to forget that all of these statistics actually also affect us - in very different ways. We believe that in order to understand the immensity of environmental topics and global climate change, we need the personal stories of our correspondents.

Gender and Sexuality

Gender is the assumption of a "normal". Unmet expectations of what is normal are a world-wide cause for violence. We hope that the stories of our correspondents will help us to better understand the effects of global developments related to gender and sexuality, and to reveal outdated concepts that have been reinforced for centuries.

Migration

Our correspondents write about migration because it is a deeply personal topic that is often dehumanized. People quickly become foreigners, refugees - a "they". But: we have always been migrating, and we always will. For millions of different reasons. By sharing personal stories about migration, we hope to re-humanize this global topic.

Liberation

We want to support the demand for justice by spotlighting the personal stories of people who seek liberation in all its different forms. Our correspondents share their individual experiences in creating equality. We hope that for some this will be an encouragement to continue their own struggle against inequality and oppression - and for some an encouragement to get involved.

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Corona Virus

2020 is a year different from others before - not least because of the Corona pandemic. The worldwide spread of a highly contagious virus is something that affects all of us in very different ways. To get a better picture of how the pandemic's plethora of explicit and implicit consequences influences our everyday life, we share lockdown stories from correspondents all over the world.

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