The famed “vagabond,” Rolf Potts spent some of his formative years down here in Busan doing the hagwon thing before going on to make a huge name for himself as a travel writer (Vagabond is in its 15th printing) and a professor at Yale.
Occasional blogger, John Bocskay has a good interview with Potts that’s well worth a read.
While Potts is well known for his illuminating tales from some pretty incredible travel adventures, he has less than kind words for other expat “writers” who have graced the ROK’s fair shores.
Every second person at a given expat bar claimed to be a writer or artist, but you never saw much writing or art. It was all very bitter and petty and self-defeating, and I didn’t begin to write about Korea in a meaningful away until I learned to keep that expat crowd (friends and coworkers included) at arm’s-length and experience the city on quieter, more Korean terms.