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Book Title: Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea|
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The author of the book: Chris Tharp
Edition: Signal 8 Press
Date of issue: August 22nd 2011
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Thousands of young adults pass through South Korea each year, teaching English in private schools that together make up one of the country's largest industries. Korea, long isolated by culture and geography, with a complex language and set of social mores, can be a difficult place to call home. Chris Tharp has begun to make a name for himself as a travel writer, and in this gruff but affectionate memoir, explains why Korea can be both hard to like and hard to leave. He navigates his way through the timeless alleys and neon streets of Korea’s cities, painting a picture of a society that is at once ancient and utterly modern; he serves in the trenches of the English teaching industry, working his way from the private, for-profit academy to the university; he treks through the peninsula’s mountain valleys and rides deep into the country’s rural soul on the back of his motorcycle; he also explores the internal geography of Korea, from nearly being deported over a comedy performance, getting caught in the middle of a street riot, to staring face-to-face with North Korean soldiers along the DMZ. During this six-year journey, Tharp must also deal with the death of his parents, which forces him to ask the question: Is home a place that we’re from, or is it something we take with us wherever we go?
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Read information about the authorOriginally hailing from Olympia, Washington, Chris Tharp has called Korea home since 2004. His award-winning writing has appeared on such sites as Haps Magazine, Matador Travel, Road Junky, Monkeygoggles, Travel Explorations, Escape from America, Pindledyboz, and Travelers' Tales. He is also the founder of popular group blog, Sweet Pickles & Corn.
Chris has written two books, "Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea" and "The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia," both of which are published by Signal 8 Press out of Hong Kong. He is also currently co-writing a biography with MMA legend Jeff Monson about the fighter's life and career.
He lives in Busan with his wife and a fluctuating number of animals.