Jeong Yi Hyun

Public, Private, or Somewhere in Between
March 2017. My daughter just started elementary school. The school is a five-minute walk from our home. This is her first public school, which means she’s now assimilated into the Korean public education system. Not that she never attended school before age six. She received four years of early childhood education, starting from when she was two. She went to a private nursery for two years, then a private kindergarten for another two. Of course, I had to pay a considerable amount every month. Did I choose a private school because I didn’t trust the Korean public education system? No,...
Confessions of a Knock-off apartment Kid from the 1980s
I am not a “natural born apartment kid.” It would, rather, be more appropriate to say that I spent my childhood hankering for the life of an apartment kid. My first memory of the space called an apartment starts in the early 1980s. Around that time my maternal grandparents moved to the ninth floor of the newly-built Samho Apartment in Bangbae-dong. It was when the real estate development boom in Gangnam had just begun. Any information on which course my grandparents took to sell their traditional style house in Pilwoon-dong, Jongno-gu, and start their life in the apartment, has not...