Meet Jihye Choi - journalism student, VOA intern, and photographer extraordinaire.  She has recently come to Washington, D.C. from Bucheon, South Korea and has been sharing her journey with us in photos.  Here are some of her most recent pictures and stories (which she's written in English AND Korean!):


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Hello Everyone! :) It's really nice to meet all of you. I'm Jihye Choi, who's interning at Voice of America. I'd like to tell you a short story about what I see in this great city, Washington D.C. Above shows my 'former' identity in South Korea before I came here. If you're interested in the new identity and adventures I will find in this city, please don't hesitate to follow me! :)

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'That's one small step for mankind, one giant leap for me.'

I stepped into a whole new life at Newark airport in New Jersey. The weather was so harsh that a lot of planes were delayed, but luckily(?) not mine. You can see that airplane which nearly went to Washington D.C. but had to come back to New jersey because of the snow storm. I was told that I could get to this city after sunrise. I guess Washington didn't want me to see its dark and cold face! :) You can see its bright and warm face through following photos.

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Ta-da! I told you that you would see its bright and warm face! This is United States Capitol, one of the most popular landmarks in Washington D.C. I enjoy walking to my work place because I can see this beautiful building and Washington monument, which is the highest tower in D.C.,while I walk to my work place. My work place, VOA, is in front of American Indian museum. (You can have a great lunch in this museum too!) If you look at Google map, you will totally understand one of the reasons why I love my work place.
(GOOGLE 'VOICE OF AMERICA', If you want!)

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This is the other reason why I love to walk around Washington D.C. If you come to D.C., you will see this little-and-cute squirrels everywhere, especially around National Mall. Sometimes they just follow you to get some food. (How cute they are!) In this photo, I and my friend tricked the squirrel with a camera. I guess he is trying to find if it's food or not! :)

You might not be able to find the information about squirrels is in tour guide books, and it is not a landmark of Washington either. However, IT(meeting squirrels) IS one of great things to do in D.C.!

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Speaking of great things to do in Washington D.C. , I HAVE TO tell you the greatest thing that you can do in the States (in my point of view)...ICE CREAM SHOPPING!!! :D

You can find a whole aisle of ice creams in grocery shopping mall such as Safeway, Harris Teeter, or Target etc. It is so exciting for me to see all different kinds of ice creams. I can find a lot of ice creams in Korea, but not a whole aisle! XD Also, the way they put ice creams in the freezer is amazing. You can have your time for philosophical speculation (for example, what kind of flavor will make me happy?) while you are walking through the ice cream aisle!

I should admit that I'm kind of addicted to ice cream. So it can't be the greatest thing for other people who visit the States. But if you are an ice cream person, you should come here and definitely call me so we can go ice cream shopping together! :)

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At this time, I'd like to show a small but interesting episode I had in D.C.
Right after I settled in this city, I attained my 22nd birthday. My kind friends held a small party for me. It was unique because the party was a mixture of Korean birthday party and an American one. My Korean friends cooked Miyeok-guk (sea mustard soup), which is a birthday soup in Korea, while my American friends bought some beers and chips for the party.

Therefore, we had Korean dinner and enjoyed a party in American way. This was not the only experience I had about culture cross in Washington, D.C. After this experience, I could easily find a lot of examples which include many different characteristics of various cultures. My birthday party in Washington was the first incident which made me realize that I'm living in a multicultural society!

* You can see bigger photos @ http://www.facebook.com/note.php?&note_id=181894645186107&id=157320114320939

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*? http://www.facebook.com/note.php?&note_id=181894645186107&id=157320114320939


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After my birthday party, I found another scene which shows me the connection between Asia and America. I took this photo at Korean War Veterans Memorial, nearby Lincoln Memorial. In front of sculptures of Korean war veterans, there were flowers given by South Korean soldiers and university students. Before I looked at this, I couldn't realize that this is an 'event' that actually happened, and has affected a lot of people in many ways by far. Apart from which politics one has, it is just true which can't be denied that there were people who died in another country for their own justice. Talking about history and judging people are easy things to do, but looking through actual people who lived in that time and understanding their lives is difficult.

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Through those experiences I've shown to you, I'm getting used to have new identity. I am not a uni student from Hanyang university, I don't use Korean ID or Korean Currency 'Won' anymore. I'm an intern working in VOA which is department of Broadcasting Board of Governors in America. I use my passport or international student card to show who I am in here. I use U.S. dollar when I buy something.

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P.S.

I know you are wondering where I am writing this.
Above is my desk I write stories and upload photos.
You are seeing what I am seeing right now! XD
Do you feel like you are with me right now? I feel like I am!

( Did you just say 'creepy'? I'm hurt. :( )

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