Opera in the East

“You. Sing.” Cheong Ho pointed to the book he’d just placed on my music stand, a vocal score for Gian-Carlo Menotti’s opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” He flipped open the cover and traced his finger down through the character list, stopping on the last role: The Page. … Continue ReadingOpera in the East


Here is what I knew: my host mother and I would be volunteering, my 12-year-old host brother would be coming along, and that’s about it. Accepting the fact that I’d find out when we got there, I sat in the front seat and tuned out all but the patter of rain as we drove through the countryside, my host mother and brother chatting boisterously between the front and back seats. … Continue ReadingGrasp

Cultural Landscapes of Korea

The World Heritage Committee describes a “cultural landscape” as a particular interaction between man and nature that is “illustrative of the evolution of human society and settlement over time.” These photos reveal the variety of cultural landscapes that can be found in Korea, from frenetic cityscapes to the calm remoteness of a Buddhist temple. … Continue ReadingCultural Landscapes of Korea