About Me

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When a Texas fed, Texas bred Nigerian-American girl met a South Korean boy, sparks flew. They soon fell all the way in love and shared their lives (and attempted to exchange their languages). After he left, she followed him to South Korea. What happened next wasn’t a happy ending but a happy beginning, and since then she has been sharing her life and love for all things Korean at her blog, WesternGirlEasternBoy.

Now, she’s ready to take on Japan, because every Texan girl’s boots were made for walking– and traveling!

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55 responses to “About Me

    • Long story short:

      2008 – Discovered DBSK and started self-study; also became best friends with a Korean boy. He and his friends all spoke Korean and stuff, even around me. So I started learning from them, too.
      2011: Took Korean class. Met my ex, who is Korean, and he taught me a lot, too.
      2012: Went to Korea for three months and lived in Gangnam, where everyone speaks Korean and almost no one speaks English.

      + singing Korean songs at Karaoke and watching a lot of Korean shows.

      *whew*

      Oh, textbooks? NO, they suck at teaching Korean.

      • Hi westerngirleasternboy: I happened upon your blog and I am glad I did. I am much older but I am Black and American Indian. I love Koreans. I am into K Pop and fashion has been my goal and dream and dance and singing its my life actually. I love your interest I took Law as well College 4 years but did not finish money. Its expensive books and all. I do want to go to Seoul Korea someday soon, visit or to live. I want to learn Korean. I am glad I came upon your site or blog dear one. Thanks you are so inspiring as well. Well you have an amazing new week and be safe and keep sharing all you know. Blessings to you.
        Sincerely,
        Maria Edwards

        • Hi Maria,

          Its a pleasure to meet you!^^ We already have so much in common~

          Yes, law school is SO expensive. I hope I can find a good job when I graduate and start paying off my loans.

          I will post about learning Korean soon, so I really hope you learn Korean and get to go to Korea someday soon, too!^^

          Much love,
          westerngirleasternboy

  1. hey my name is Sweet and i’m from Ethiopia(Africa). I’m 18 years old and just graduated from high school this June and i have always loved Korea(for five years to be exact) and want to learn of course in Korea but i’m scared I will be learning the language more than the years I will spend in college. Also the social aspect” will i be able to not let the negativity about my skin get to me? “, “will i have a social life that includes Koreans?? or will i finish all my years in Korea being depressed and all?” those questions have been hunting me and I just want to clear my head and decide on one thing.. Please help me on this.. I know you might say i’m getting way over my head but i can’t seem to shake it off. And as far as education goes I want to know if foreigners will benefit from the educational system of the country as any Korean student.

    • Hi Sweet!^^ I know where Ethiopia is~ ;)

      A lot of Africans–especially from Kenya and the Congo, travel to Korea to study at Korean universities. They have classes in English, but they also have Korean classes to help you learn the language. So, you can study your major and Korean at the same time.

      Stanley and Sam are two famous Kenyan students who recently have been on many TV shows in Korea spreading positivity about people of color. You, too, will be fine and make lots of friends and be happy as long as you are confident, strong, and focused. There will be plenty of people who want to get to know you, although there are– of course, people who will be rude to you or ignore you. However, like Stanley, Sam, myself, and other people of color who have been to or are still in Korea, don’t let those few people bring you down. They are not worth it at all!

      I don’t think you read my blog, but I do talk about my summer in Korea where I went to school, worked, and dated. So, I can already say: You are not in over your head!^^ You are just doing what myself and so many other black girls have already done, so take your time and choose a good university with an international program that offers the major and the classes you want~

      Finally, feel free to reply here or email me at westerngirlxeasternboy@gmail.com if you need a mentor or just a friend who can help you as you plan for life in Korea and even live in Korea. I have a lot of friends (both Korean and non-Korean) there, and I will be going back for a short visit soon myself.
      <3

  2. you have no idea how much that helped,thank you and i will contact you when i have more questions and all. now i know what i want to do,,KOREA HERE I COME.. :-)

  3. Hello there, i’m Nigerian but interested in the Korean culture, plus may be visiting Seoul very soon. If you dont mind can i contact you via email, would like to know alot about Korea :)

  4. hmm, just resent it again, its probably being a bit slow because you are on your phone, would be expecting your reply as soon as you receive it, komawo, komawoyo, komupta, komasimida, kansahamida.. A big LOL, testing my korean skills on you :D

  5. Dearest westerngirleasternboy, thanks for the reply. I know that day is coming soon to go to Korea, for me. My blessing is to soon come in. I hope to learn the language soon. With your help or online help I can learn more. And yes, we both have much in common. And I sure pray that you will get the dream job you want if its meant for you to be that lawyer it will be there for you; or if its something else that has Law in it as well it will be for you. What I do mean is we can study all we want but if its not what God put us here to do, it will not pan out and we would need to take another path. It does not mean studying or taking Law was a waste of time, there can be other work that needs your study in Law as well. So never be upset nor disappointed in any changes in your life. You are a smart person I can see that from readying your blogs. I am just glad I stumbled upon your site. You have an amazing rest of your week. Again thanks so much for your reply.
    Maria

  6. I would just like you to know that I spent like 3+ hours on your blog looking at all your posts when I should I have been studying for finals and working on my projects and papers lol. It seems you’ve been through a lot, but I think that’s made you stronger in the end.You got me thinking about a lot of things now. Anyways, you have a nice blog with wonderful content and I can only hope that my blog becomes something as interesting, useful, and inspiring as yours one day in the future. Looking forward to more posts! Have a nice day!

    • Wow, what a distraction, but hopefully one you thoroughly enjoyed!^^

      I actually visited your too, and its beautiful. From the background to the headings and even the content– it really reminded me of mine, and I could tell you spent a lot of time on it, making it personal, stylish, and unique.

      I’m really glad you thought my blog was interesting, useful, and inspiring, and I know yours already is and will continue to be, too! So, I look forward to looking at your blog for awhile, too, just not now since I also have work to do (and episodes of Heirs to watch)!

      Happy Blogging:)

  7. Hi ,
    Am Nigerian too younger by 2yrs ;love kdrama ,k pop , I have only learned the basics like,mother,father,brother,sister,really.and so on, will love to learn more and uses . Hope to go on vacation there one day or perhaps live there .So happy to stmble upon your blog.Have a wounderful week ahead.

    • Oh, you are off to a good start! I hope you get to travel there someday, its really wonderful– but try to avoid the cold cold cold winters if you can! Enjoy your stay on my blog, happy reading, and feel free to leave a comment or email me anytime with questions:)

  8. Another whiskey drinker! I likes, I likes!

    Taking a look around your blog right now before I send my questions (just in case you’ve already answered them somewhere in the midst of all of your experiences).

    Looking forward to connecting with you.

  9. Hey this is Nyasha from NyNyOnline and I absolutely adore your blog. I’ll have to come back and read more but so far, I love it!

  10. Thanks for finding me again! I just got back from South Korea and had an awesome time….I’m slowly going through all the photos I took there!

  11. Hey there!

    First of all, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I stumbled across it while googling for stuff about the truth behind partying in Seoul, and ended up covering practically every post. And yeah, it was bang in the thick of my finals :P You have such amazing and diverse content, ranging from tour guide-ish tips to really well written pieces. Was a pleasure going through it!

    I’m 20 and from India and I have to make this trip to Jeju in the beginning of August with a friend for some conference. I have two more days to spare so we plan to stay over in Seoul for two nights after the conference. It would be really awesome if you could give me some advice about where to find the cheapest-yet-safe accommodation for college kids in the city! We’re very excited yet slightly anxious too!

    Some handy tips would be very very welcome. My email id is arugahlaut@gmail.com.

    Thanks so much! :)

    • Thanks so much!

      I love to hear back from my readers, because I’m definitely doing this to for ya’ll!

      Unfortunately, you’re not the first (and probably won’t be the last) person to stumble across my blog during finals… >.<

      Well, I have a friend in Jeju right now, so let me ask him how it is there. Seoul, of course, is my home away from home, so I will definitely send you an email within a day or two to let you know where to find housing and where to stay so you can have the most fun but be safe!

      Tips will be provided, too~
      <3

  12. I just found my home!!! I live in a small town with little to no Koreans, but I absolutely love Korean pop culture and history! ! I am an older African American woman that does not go a day without something Korean! I’m a self studying Korean student and dream of being fluent when I visit. Thanks for this blog!!!

    • That’s so cute, I thought I was the only one living in a small town! We do have a Ktown here but it’s… small. LOL And keep studying, I hope you master Korean soon. You are so welcome, and thanks for reading and reaching out to me. <3

  13. hmmmm love wat ur doing girl keep going n make Africa n blacks proud hahaha fighting !!!!!!!!am a ghanaian n love koreans every well but dislike their critisizm well am learning Korea myself through the movies i watch alltime hope to visit there soon n marry one cute guy like min ho hahaha if u approve for me shout amen hahaha love yea fighting !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Amen! Haha Yes, its hard to deal with some of the more serious issues between Koreans and black people, but its not impossible! Sam is doing so well, he’s also making us proud! Now I also know more about Ghana, too. :)

  14. Hi WGEB. i really liked your article. my dad just got transferred to S.korea and i was just checking on how to deal with racism there and if i will be accepted bt the boys over there(teenage girl here)and i stumbled here.
    P.S i know im a little to late but KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK…Nigerian too tho

    • Mhmm, it might be uncomfortable at first with all the stares but you’ll soon find out that many Koreans– especially the youth, actually love and want to know more about/get to know more black people. I’ve heard from them– especially the girls, that we are just kind. Of course, not everyone thinks that way, but their open-mindedness may surprise you in light of all the bad things people have to say about race and relations between blacks and Koreans.

      At the end of the day you’ll meet good and bad people no matter where you go! Korea is safe, much safer than America or Nigeria in my experience, but be careful in school should you attend a Korean school. Please email me at westerngirlxeasternboy.com or just comment somewhere on my blog if you have any trials or tribulations to share! :)

  15. Your going to visit Japan? Are you going to learn Japanese? I’m super duper jealous it’s my dream to visit Japan. Do you have any places you know that you already want to visit in Japan? Also will you be visiting Yoochun and Jaejoong’s restaurant? I’m sure you will be loved where ever you go. You seem to sweet and positive. I wish you were my sister.

    • Aww, thanks so much! You are so sweet, too! :D

      And, I have been trying to learn Japanese for as long as I could remember. I’ve never studied it properly, just on my own. And, I ALWAYS gave up. There are too many characters. However, I am going to try again (of course) and hope for better results. I’d love to be able to speak Japanese before I go.

      I really want to go to Okinawa for the beach and aquarium. I am not so into JYJ to visit their restaurant. And please call me unni, it means sister in Korean. I’m probably older than you, too:)

  16. Stumbled unto your blog, but we have another thing in common other than the Korean commonality I’m Nigerian as well. Funny thing is that at first my family thought that i was weird for having the interest in the Korean language and culture. Now that I found your blog i can rub it in their faces.

  17. Thanks for checking out my site! Just wanted to commend you on such an entertaining blog. I look forward to continue reading about your awesome adventures!! :)

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