A reflection on friendship, poverty, and the ties that bind

Credit to Joss Taylor Olson for brilliant editing and creative writing subject matter expertise.

Photo from a temple near home in South Korea | by Yulle Yi (Author)

My phone lit up — 8:30 PM. I went to clear the notification, the way one does practically without looking. But I did look, and the barest glance was all it took to hook me. There was a new message on Kakao Talk, the most used messaging platform in Korea. Strange. It would be 9:30 AM back home. …

A reflection on racism, language, and how a diverse linguistic worldview can help frame the importance of precise word choice

Example of Chinese calligraphy where even the way certain characters are written can convey a different intent, emotion, or nuanced meaning | photo from Unsplash


The realization and inspiration for this article came from an uncanny angle. I happened to be studying some Japanese Kanji because I wanted to reboot my Japanese language skills. In both Korean, my native language, and Japanese, Chinese characters serve almost like Latin does to romance languages and forms the root base of many words. Chinese characters used in Japanese are called Kanji and in Korean we call them Hanja. We have many words in our respective languages that may be pronounced the same verbally, but where the underlying characters are different, have a completely different or sometimes nuanced meaning…

Yulle Yi (Michelle)

Technology leader that specializes in AI and machine learning. She is passionate about diversity in STEAM, language learning & innovating for a better future.

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