My Multicultural Household

My household is a fusion of Korean and American culture and a little bit of something unique that I can’t quite put my finger on.

K, my significant other of nearly 8 years, is from Seoul, South Korea (the Republic of Korea).  I am from a little town in Southern Indiana famous for being the set of a couple of 90’s movies, but not much else.  Before K came to the US in 2002, he did not speak much English at all.  Now, he is working on his 3rd degree at a US university and I am so proud of him for how far he’s come.  I speak hardly any Korean, so we mostly communicate in English. I took Korean for a year in college, but haven’t retained much of what I learned, as is the case with ADD and getting bored with things easily.  It’s not that I don’t want to learn Korean, but I just have zero motivation to right now.  Most of the time, we don’t even have to speak to know what each other is saying. Other international friends of ours have difficulty understanding what I’m saying sometimes because, as K so lovingly puts it, I talk too fast and mumble.  He understands me just fine though!  In case you are curious, you can here my voice on my crappy Youtube Channel 🙂  Oh, and you can see Chester in action in some of the vids!  Bonus 😀

It’s that part, the understanding each other with just a look, that makes our household unique.  Not only is our house a mix of Korean and American culture, but we have our own family culture as well. We both are obsessed with our cat Chester and just can’t understand why no one else is 😉  We have our own language to describe things about Chester.  Seriously, we’ve made up words!

I love my little family and where we are living now.  Our home is small, but it’s definitely “ours” because we’ve made it so.  I wanted to show you a bit of what our house looks like:

A bit of America and Korea
Our bookshelf is full of totally random things.
Our TV and record player
I still have no idea what this is.
Chopsticks and silverware
Pesto and Korean bean paste

And of course, Chester.


  Thanks for reading. I am happy to share some of my daily life with you 😊


Additional Links:

Traditional Korean Culture 101

PBS Hidden/Traditional Korean Culture


24 thoughts on “My Multicultural Household

  1. Annyeonghaseyo!
    I see a rice cooker and black bean paste here! 🙂
    Your’s is a lovely home. That understanding with just the look.. Awww!
    Chester’s is just so adorable.

  2. Chester has the most expressive eyes. My Sid sends him sincere meows. When I was growing up living in NYC my parents had a two cultured home – Latvian and American. Thank you for the tour.

  3. I love your home! Is it sad that my husband and I’s place look pretty similar (rice cooker on counter, chopsticks in silverware drawer), but neither of us are of Asian descent…? 😕 Either way, it seems like you guys have lots of fun! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. That is so cool you embrace both of your cultures! Thank you for sharing your life and your home with us! Ahhh Chester is so cute! I love his eyes! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    1. Thank you for reading about it! It’s hard to express that side of myself sometimes in a clear and well-put way. I always try to be careful when talking about culture.

  5. Love the pictures! My home is a little multi-cultural, but it’s just me and Mittens, who also looks a lot of your Chester, except for she has white feet (thus the name Mittens) and a white chest, and she looks like a girl-kitty. I don’t talk about her too often, but the past two nights she has kept me from getting any ‘real’ sleep. This morning she was taking a bath on the pillow above my head. 😦

    1. Mittens sounds precious 🙂 hahaha, taking a bath on your pillow. Little silly girl! Chester will wrap himself around my head on my pillow and end up snoring sooooo loudly.

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