Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — 2017

Another year in Korea. Twenty-seven and counting.

It’s this time of the year when I wax nostalgia and feel homesick the most. And more often than not, I find myself waxing nostalgia for the time when I first came to Korea.

Recently, my friend and book designer, Anna Takahashi, redid the cover design for Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm. It’s a lot more striking and vibrant than the previous cover.

It was astronomer Percival Lowell, who first coined the phrase “land of the morning calm” in his book Chosön, the Land of the Morning Calm; a Sketch of Korea. The mornings may not be as calm as they once were when Lowell was here, but after all these years, Korea still fascinates me. 

I tried leaving once.

And here I still am.

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