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ELI STUDENT VOICES


Summer 2003


My Old Home (1st Place)
Ching-yao Yang
RW 60

Several years after leaving, I returned to this small
village, Man Chow. It is a very small village located in
southernmost Taiwan. I was driving and looking for the house
where I had spent my early childhood. Following the ever-
familiar path, I saw the tree whose branches I liked to sit under
and dream about my future.
I was very excited when I found the house near the tree
was still there. Suddenly, all my memories came out and my
mind was flooded by waves of nostalgia. In my memory the
house was full of the smell of wood. The Japanese style house
was made of wood. The walls and the floor were also wood
made. My father and I often played games on the floor. On
the small table near the kitchen, my mother used to put a jar of
candy; that was my favorite place. Out of living room
windows, I can see a big garden. Many beautiful flowers used
to bloom, and many butterflies flew among them. In the
summer clamorous cicadas climbed all of these trees, and they
sang loudly.
But now the windows are broken. Instead of clean
glass, many spider webs are blown about in the wind. A big
part of the tree in front of the house has been cut, like the man
who has lost his hands. The flowers are gone, and butterflies
cannot play in their playground. However, I am surprised to
find the small table, covered with dust, standing alone in the
corer of the house. The cicadas are still singing hard. That is
the one and only memory that didn't change.
After seeing this scene, I feel a little sad, but I know I
have to accept it because in the world only one thing has never
changed; that is change itself.

A Day in the Life of a Typical Student in
Japan (2ndPlace)
Tetsuya .nh\llSgn a
R/W500

Taro usually wakes up at 10 or later in the morning.
He has two classes in the morning, but he seldom attends the
classes. Participation is required for students, but it does not
necessarily mean that he has to attend the classes because he
always asks one of his friends to answer the roll for him when
they check attendance at the beginning of the classes.
Naturally, he cannot do so good at the tests; he has to take test


by himself. Another reason for not attending the classes in the
morning is to avoid crowded trains in the rush hours.
He leaves his apartment without eating breakfast at 11,
and takes not crowded trains for about an hour. He first goes to
a cafeteria to eat brunch with his friends who do not eat
breakfast, either.
After brunch, he has two classes and a seminar. He
sits on a seat toward the back, and pretends to listen to the
lecture earnestly, actually sleeping. He does not take any notes
in the class because he can borrow excellent notes from his
friends before his tests. He does not study until just before his
test, and always crams for the test. He seldom fails the test, but
cannot get A's, either.
Although he does not like most classes, he enjoys
attending a seminar. The seminar is a small class consisting of
a professor and about ten students. In the seminar, he has to
read various papers, submit many reports, give presentations,
and answer questions. This is why he likes the seminar because
almost all the classes in Japan are only lectures given by
professors and passive to most students, which does not interest
him. He likes to work with his friends for their research or
project.
After he finishes the seminar at 6 in the afternoon, he
joins a tennis club, his extracurricular activity. Certainly, he
likes to play tennis, but he enjoys talking to young girls most.
He always tries to take some attractive girls out for dinner, but
in vain in most cases.
Even if he fails to take some young girls out, he goes
to an izakaya, a Japanese-style bar, to drink alcohol with his
male friends. He drinks any kind of alcohol, including beer or
whisky, but his favorite one is sake, Japanese alcohol made
from rice. The most popular way of drinking is to drink alcohol
up in a single draft, competing with others for its speed.
Someone who loses the competition must drink another glass of
alcohol again, so some people finally drink several glasses in a
short time, which sometimes leads them to acute alcoholism.
He often stays at an izakaya till midnight, and takes the last
train to go back home.
He does not go to bed soon after he arrives at his
house. He watches midnight TV programs at random or plays
TV games by himself, eating snacks. Finally, he goes to bed at
around 3 in the morning, when he cannot stay awake.
The above is a day in the life of a typical student in
Japan. He does not study as hard as when he was a high school
student, and focuses on his extracurricular activities, so he often
wastes his time. Needless to say, not all the Japanese students
lead their student life like this, but the words "the life of a
typical student" remind me of such a fruitless university life.
After entering the real world, most people regret that they hadn't
studied much harder. It is too late!


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Volume 7, Issue 2









Impact of Economic Recession in 1997
Kawin Temtriratana
RW 60

In 1997, most of the Thai population was shocked by an
economic recession. It was definitely a rough time for everyone.
In three months, more than 1.5 million people lost their jobs,
and more than 5,000 companies had to be shut down, especially
businesses involved with imports and money lent from other
countries. At that time, the "baht," Thai currency, seemed to be
money of no value. People suffered from a few mistakes which
caused huge impacts that no one could imagine. These mistakes
were caused by a small number of people in the government
who were responsible for financial policies. Since then,
Thailand has not experienced a prosperous economy as it was
before 1997. The way of living has changed significantly.
People feel that they will never have the chance to live in a
thriving era again. They just keep wishing and hoping that
healthy signs of economy will show up soon.
Before the recession, the Thai economy was one of the
most flourishing economies in Asia. Because of this prosperity,
students graduating from universities got good jobs and happily
started their careers. With the perfect economic atmosphere, not
only did they get paid high salaries, but they also got good
bonuses twelve to fifteen times per year. Because of the
double-digit growth in the economy, most of the new white-
collar employees spent a great amount of money, leasing
luxurious merchandise. Everyone seemed to have delightful
moments.
Unfortunately, in July of 1997, the government
announced the revaluation of the Thai currency from twenty-
five baht per dollar to fifty-five baht per dollar. No more nice
dreams for anyone! All economic systems were collapsed by
the floating currency policy. Having expected high salaries,
new employees now painfully suffered from the new policy.
Some were laid off from their jobs, and some had to go on
unemployment as their companies went bankrupt, but either
way, they had no chance to continually afford what they had
already financed, such as houses, cars, and apartments. With no
way out, most of them decided to go back home and ask for
help from their parents as when they were young again.
As with new employees, the immense differences
resulting from the recession also changed the way people lived
in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Before the crisis,
people used to go out and spend their money on anything that
they wanted; most of them were lavish goods only for pleasure
and satisfaction. As a consequence of this behavior, businesses
could survive, make profits, and keep providing jobs for
hundreds of thousands of people.
However, when the recession happened, people
stopped using their money as they used to. They tended to put
all of the money that they earned into bank accounts. They quit
their extravagant behavior and became frugal. As a result of this
situation, a great number of businesses which depended on
luxurious commodities were likely to die as fast as anyone
could imagine. Moreover, numerous people were laid off, and
this again caused social problems. With this vicious cycle, it


was hard to form a mental picture that our economy would ever
be as healthy as it was before 1997.
In conclusion, many lives have been critically
impacted by the economic downturn of 1997. The biggest
change since the crisis has been the way people live. They used
to do whatever they desired, as money was everywhere, but not
after the economy collapsed in 1997. The nation had to accept
the ferocious cycle of the economy and acclimatize to it. If
people want to get the economic system as healthy as it was in
1997, they will have to be one of the parts in the machine that
will fix, maintain, and nourish the economic system, no matter
how much they have to suffer.

About Hakka
Kai Cheng Pu (Ken)
R/W500

In this essay, I want to talk about a special language.
Most people know that there are two languages that are spoken
in Taiwan. These are Mandarin and Taiwanese. But actually
there still exists the third language that is called "Hakka".
Hakka is a word of Cantonese origin that literally means "Guest
People". Why is Hakka not so well known in this world? Where
did they come from? All the answers of these problems have to
be found in their history.
It seems that the origin of Hakka is a mystery. There
are several arguments. In western encyclopedia, Hakka were
somehow from north and central China. In the 13t century they
moved to Kuangtung and Fukien province because at that time
north China was occupied by Ineer Asian tribesman. Some
articles of Hakka scholars claimed that Hakka were originally
from north China. The thesis is based on Hakka's "family tree
books". But in recent studies that are based on anthropological,
social, and linguistic evidence have a different idea. They say
that Hakka originated primarily from south China.
Most of the Hakka moved to Taiwan during the war
between the Ming and Ching dynasties. After the war was
finished, the Ching dynasty had some special infamous
immigration rules to Taiwan and those caused Hakka's
population in Taiwan to be much less than before.
Everything seems to stop Hakka from development.
During the period of Japanese occupation, everyone in Taiwan
was forced to speak Japanese; after the Kuo-ming tang moved
into Taiwan, they used Mandarin to be the official language. All
of these above didn't let Hakka people have any chances to use
Hakka to speak. Although there still are people who know how
to speak their mother tongue, there are few mass
communication media such as television or radio that play
Hakka program. There are 3 million Hakka in Taiwan, but the
group who really knows how to speak Hakka is much lower.
Because the main population in Taiwan speaks
Mandarin or Taiwanese, the culture of Taiwan turns to have
more flavor in Mandarin and Taiwanese. Most Hakka people
who married to the other two language speakers would change
their lifestyle or habit be the same as their husband or wife. For
example, my mother is a Hakka but she speaks Taiwanese
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around her speaks Taiwanese, too. She already forgot how to
speak Hakka because my grandparents didn't even tell her how
to speak Hakka.
There still are some people who insist on speaking
Hakka in Taiwan. The most famous Hakka town in Taiwan is
Mei-lun. They keep the whole lifestyle of Hakka including
building, food, and language. For example, the most famous
Hakka traditional food "Thunder Tea" is still made in Mei-lun.
It is a kind of special snack that looks like a cup of tea but
actually it has lots of stuff inside it. The specific buildings
where Hakka make Thunder Tea are still standing on this
island. Most of them were built more than 50 years ago. It is
obvious that only one small town is not enough to keep this
language alive because the big environment still gives them
pressure. It seems that the government is aware that we might
lose a language if they still have nothing to do with it. So in
recent years, the government has used lots of ways to revitalize
Hakka. For example, we can hear Hakka on mass transportation
system. Now I can take a course about Hakka in college (and I
did it last semester). Children who are Hakka are encouraged to
speak Hakka and there are some special classes for them to
study.
It is fortunate that Hakka still exists on this earth. If
there was nobody speaking Hakka anymore, we could lose a
language, even a culture. When it becomes a dead language,
everything we do to revitalize it would be useless. We should
try to make it alive. We can accept this language to let it
become a part of Taiwan culture.

Is English the Route of Puerto Rican
Evolution?
Diana M. Acevedo
R/W500

What are the limits of prosperity? Could the search for
prosperity and wealth make a society forget their native tongue
and culture? There's no better example than Puerto Rico, a
Caribbean island which was discovered and conquered in 1493
by Spaniards and in 1898 became a property of the United
States. For the well being of their people, they had to learn a
different language and now, they have to learn another one.
Escaping from the mainland in the search for
adventure, liberty and gold, some Spaniards left their homes to
live in the colonies. The conquest and connection to the
mainland made the island, known by the aborigines as Boriken,
change their name to San Juan Bautista in honor of a religious
saint. Then this name was changed to Puerto Rico, which means
rich harbor" because of the strategic location of the island.
Here we can see some examples of cultural and
linguistic imperialism from the Spanish: Before the 1500's the
island now known as Puerto Rico was called Boriken. Inhabited
by an Indian group called Tainos, their language was Arawak
and their style of life was primitive and cooperative. The
conquest by Spain and the great immigration of Spaniards and
African slaves extinguished the existence of Indians on the
island who fought until the end for the emancipation of their
country. The Arawak language and the Taino beliefs waned.


The few survivors were obliged to learn Spanish and convert
their spiritual polytheist beliefs to Catholicism, the belief in one
God, to survive this new kind of life that would bring them
prosperity and wellness.
Actually, anthropologists don't know much about
Arawak, just a few words like "hamaca" (hammock), yucca"
(cassava) and "huracan" (hurricane) were the only ones which
survived from this primitive culture. Others remains of the
Taino culture can be appreciated in museums or in preserved
areas where some ruins were discovered.
In just a few years, Spanish became the official
language and Catholicism the official religion of Puerto Rico.
The Spanish culture wasn't the only culture that influenced the
island in that time; we can't forget the African culture. Some
African words are still present in our language the same as their
folklore, music and dance called "bomba y plena," and the food
based on rice, beans and stews.
In 1898, after the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico
became part of the United States. In the following years, the
English language was implemented. All schools began to teach
everything in English but first, after class, all the students had to
sing the anthem of the US and show reverence to the flag.
Students didn't understand why their English books made
reference of the different seasons of the year because in Puerto
Rico, it is always summer. Why is Christmas associated with
snow and what is the relation of flowers and bunnies with
Easter? Also, all communication about political and
economical relations between the United States and Puerto Rico
has to be in English. For that reason, it became a necessity.
After the creation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the
1950's, the English language was added to our list of official
languages. Now we have two: English and Spanish. Ironically,
Puerto Rico has English as one of the official languages when
just 20 of the 50 states of the US have it as their official
language.
Actually in 2003 Puerto Rico speaks "Spanglish," a
mix between our two official languages. Also, this country has
more holidays that any other country in the world because we
celebrate Spanish, American and our own holidays. For
Christmas season, Puerto Ricans receive gifts on December 25
and January 6, the tree kings day. The language used in most of
the public schools is Spanish but the majority of the textbooks
are in English. Our culture has been "Americanized," we aren't
very religious anymore, the unity and respect for the family is
missing and we prefer Burger King instead of rice and beans,
our typical food (that isn't our typical food either because it
came from Africa).
Our culture, the same as others, suffers a constant
evolution influenced by other cultures or languages. Now it is
the English turn: advertisement, media and Internet add new
English vocabulary to our own and we aren't doing anything to
protect our Spanish language. There have been movements
supporting the use of the Spanish language but nobody cares
about that. To understand a language, we have to learn about
the culture because there are a lot of phrases such as idioms and
slang that are related with the manners and history of that
country. If a Puerto Rican wants to be someone in this life, like
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reasons such as economical, political, social and cultural.
Unfortunately, it could cause a change in our culture but it
seems that prosperity is more important than culture and no
matter what would happen with our language and culture next,
there will be some indelible actions and words that would
remind us about where we came from, our roots.

My Dream
Ching-yao Yang
RW 60

I had a dream. I hoped one day I could travel in other
countries. This was a dream, only a dream. It sometimes
appeared in my night dreams but had never happened in my real
life before. I doubted whether it would come true because I had
too many burdens in my life. These burdens, like ropes, bound
the wings of my dream. Many people told me the dream was
always just a dream. In the real life I had to give up my dream
that was not easy to reach because I had to focus on too many
things. A lot of people chose real life and gave up the dream
that just appeared in their dreams, so I did the same thing.
Once, I thought I had made the right choice, and I
thought this was my whole life, but the scene still appeared in
my night dreams. I wanted to deny the feeling and I told myself
this was just a dream. In the future I would have to finish more
things. If I just thought about it, I could not do anything well.
This was my real life and this was the right choice.
After working several years, I was tired of my life. Too
many burdens were suffocating me. Too many things were
hard to understand. I started thinking, "Is this my life, my
whole life?" I was a little afraid, but I knew I could not make a
lot of changes. If I changed, I would lose all effort that I had
ever done. When the scene appeared in my dreams again, I
knew I could not ignore it. I decided to change my life even
though it was not easy. This was the first time I could feel
myself. I thanked some friends who doubted my change
because it gave me more chances to reflect upon myself, and I
thanked some friends who encouraged me and gave me the best
wishes.
Now I am sitting in the bus. The scenery out of the
windows is passing my eyes-the same blue sky but some
eagles dots in the distance. The same houses but different
shapes, the same people but different colors, the same air but
different smells and the same me but a different soul. Like the
eagle, I can fly in my real life. It is not only a dream.

Do We Need English?
Shao .inhen Yen (Hope)
R/W500

The English-speaking countries are the dominant
power of the world. These countries influence the economy,
politics and culture of the whole world; meanwhile, English is
almost the second language of most countries. When people are
doing business with the people from different countries or the
global conferences and meetings are held, the people use


English for international communication. Globalization is the
world trend so English is more and more prevalent. Therefore,
English education is required for the countries' survival in the
world and could strengthen their competitiveness.
Nowadays, the world is dominated by the English-
speaking countries. Moreover, these English-speaking
countries are advanced countries having strong and stable
economy and politics. In the aspect of economy, they have
great consumption and demand and most countries in the world
have to do business and international trade with the English-
speaking countries, then people start to be aware of the
importance of English. Today, most people in the world learn
English and English becomes the international language for
international communication. Therefore, learning English is
following the trend of the world and English education could
make the people and their countries have stronger
competitiveness and survival in this world.
People learn a lot of information from the English-
speaking countries and are considerably affected by the culture
of these English-speaking countries because English-speaking
countries are the commanding power of the world and their
culture is popular now. In addition, learning English makes
people learn the information and culture from the English-
speaking countries easily and quickly so it brings significant
influence on or even changes the culture and tradition of non-
English-speaking countries. In this case, many people of non-
speaking countries confuse the purpose of learning English and
even doubt the value of their own culture, tradition, history and
language. However, just because the English-speaking
countries have a lot of merits to make them stronger and more
powerful, it does not mean that other countries have no merits
at all. Therefore, the schools and governments of the non-
English-speaking countries have to notice that their own culture
and language are as important as English education, or even
more important; moreover, emphasizing the value of the culture
and language of one country could avoid the language
extinction, when another language is popular in this country or
in the whole world.
In many Asian countries, people are significantly
affected by the culture of English-speaking countries.
However, many English learners accept all the information
from English-speaking countries whether it is good or bad.
Afterward, they start to doubt the value of their own culture and
language and young people start to behave and think like
Western people. Although the languages of these non-English-
speaking countries still exist, they begin to ignore the
importance of their own culture and tradition and even lose the
confidence in their own culture and country.
Globalization is the world trend, and English becomes
an international language. Therefore, English is a stepping-
stone of globalization. Moreover, English is necessary for the
countries survival in the world. However, the governments of
non-English-speaking countries have to notice that teaching
their people the importance of their own language and culture
are also very important, besides English education. Although
English education strengthens the competitiveness of one
country and brings many advantages for this country, traditional
culture and its own language makes a country unique.


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THE NEXT FIVE DESCRIPTIVE PIECES WERE WRITTEN IN
KRISTINA JAROSOVA'S R/W 30 CLASS. THE ASSIGNMENT
WAS TO DESCRIBE A PAINTING OR PICTURE. CAN YOU
IMAGINE THE PICTURES THEY ARE DESCRIBING?

The Party
Sumie Aoki
R/W30

This place is a big party hall. You can see very
gorgeous chandelier and splendid decorative wall in the main
hall. It looks like a special place. Some directors of a company
hold a social gathering. Many people who get well dressed
come here. All of them are standing.
In the main hall most people are enjoying talking to
each other, and they are also eating and drinking. The
atmosphere seems very cheerful. In the front of the picture there
are four men. On the left, two persons are waiters. One of the
waiters is walking from the main hall and is serving light meals.
Another waiter is offering some kind of beverage on a tray, and
he is talking with one of the guests about drinks. He is a little
serious because he is talking with an older man. In the middle, a
gentleman is troubled with what he should drink, so he is asking
a waiter. On the right, a man is listening to two people talking
about wine, and he himself, is holding a glass of red wine in his
right hand. He likes wine, so he is interested in their subject,
and he is satisfied with excellent wine. It seems that all the
people are having a lively talk.

A Peaceful Valley
Yong Sik Kim
R/W30

It seems that the background of this painting is a valley
in a desert. The atmosphere of this painting is very peaceful and
sublime. Everyone seems to be very happy and optimistic. Four
people are walking on a rugged valley with happy smiles on
their faces. Two of them, men with beards, are carrying a bunch
of grapes and some figs on a pole. Two women are following
the two men, and one of the two women is holding a basket in
her arms, which is full of fruits that look delicious. In front of
the four persons, three other people are also walking. Each of
the three has a spear. One of the three raises his left arm and is
waving his hand toward several people who are standing on the
low hill in the distance. The sky and the land are all dyed with a
gold sunlight. A large crowd of people is faintly seen far ahead,
and several people among them on the low hill are waving their
hands toward some other people who are far away.

A Wrecked Ship
Hee Jin Kang
R/W30

A wrecked ship floats on the sea. There are many
people on the ship. They seem to be very hungry and thirsty.


Some dead people are at the back of the wrecked raft. At the
backside, one man holding a dead man is staring into space.
Two dead men lie down at both sides of the men. Another ship
appears on the further horizon, and people at the front side of
the raft see the ship and are waving their hands. A man on the
water tube is wiping his hands with his clothes. In the painting,
dark clouds are in the sky. Strong wind blows and high waves
are at the sea.

The Amazons
Francisco Kennedy A. de Souza
R/W30

Cecilia Arrellano's* painting shows Brazilian Amazon
river scene close to colocaqao (rubber tapper village in the
forest). Interestingly, we can see this drawing as critique of the
growing process of deforestation in Brazilian Amazon. First,
the image can be understood as an illustration of the regional
wealth represented by forest resources. It also includes animal
and water diversities. However, in another interpretation of the
painting, we can observe different kind of forest with fewer
trees and poorer look. This represents the recent interests of
rubber tappers to invest in the forest cuts. Cecilia Arrellano
shows this fact in the fallen trees along the river. However, with
the birds flying over on the poor forest, Cecilia has the intention
to show the necessary consensus between deforestation with
development and conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. This
contradictory message of the painting reflects the actual tension
and dilemma that Amazon's population find itself in this time.
* Cecilia Arrellano is a Peruvian technician and sometimes a
good painter.

Springtime in the Countryside
Sukja Kwon (Jessica)
R/W30

This picture is the springtime in the countryside. At
noon on one spring day, families take a rest by the river. These
three people are brothers, and they are fishing. On the right is
the oldest one, next to him is the middle one and on the left is
the youngest one. Across the river is a green hill. There are a lot
of trees.
Three pigeons are playing a tag game. They want to
play with a cow as well. However, the cow doesn't want to join
them because it is very tired, so he is taking a nap under the
wild berry tree.
Next to the sleeping cow, the boys' parents are waiting
for their sons to prepare peaches and sweet potatoes, but in the
meantime they fall asleep because the spring breeze and warm
spring air made them tired. The mother puts her hands on the
father's shoulders. They look like a young couple, and they
wear Korean traditional clothes.


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HERE ARE SOME RECIPES FROM KRISTINA'S CLASS. TRY
THEM!

Special Food on St. Pedro's Day
Pedro Arevalo
R/W30

St. Pedro's Day is a holiday in Colombia. It is
celebrated on June 29h. People have a big party and eat special
food. People come from other countries to a region called El
Huila and they observe and participate in various activities such
as horse riding, and typical dancing. The food that people eat in
this special day is principally BBQ ribs, strawberries, tamales,
ham, chocolates, cake, ajiaco, albondigas and many other
dishes. However, in this celebration my grandmother and mom
make especially delicious albondigas. Making these albondigas
is easy if you follow these instructions.
The first step you is to go to the supermarket and buy
these ingredients. For this recipe you need: 1 lb of tomatoes,
2 lb onions, 1 lb ground beef, 5 pieces of bread, 4 eggs, 21 of
water, 200 ml oil, and seasonings such as ground cumin, yellow
coloring, salt. The most important thing for the success of this
recipe is that all the ingredients must be fresh and in exact
proportions. After you finish buying these ingredients cooking
is simple.
Now, you are ready to start making albondigas. The
second step is in the kitchen with your cooking instruments.
You wash the instruments, peel the onions, and wash the
tomatoes. Next take 4 onions, 5 tomatoes, and chop them. Take
the bread and crumble it with your hands. Take 4 eggs and
separate the yolk and whites. Beat the whites separately until it
looks like snow; also beat the yolks with a fork. In a pot, put
onions, tomatoes, beef, bread, eggs, and mix them together and
add the condiments. When you see that the mass is compact you
take a small portion and make a small ball out of it. Continue
making balls until you use all the mass. In another pot, put 5
onions, and 6 tomatoes both chopped. Add the seasonings, and
cook them while mixing. 15 min later, add oil and 250 ml of
water to it. Also add the albondigas with the rest of water. They
will be ready after 30 minutes at medium temperature.
In conclusion, this is my favorite food for this holiday.
It is very important to get really fresh ingredients, cook them
slowly and put a lot of love into the recipe. That is the secret
that my grandma gave to me. Now after you finish this recipe
you are ready to eat a wonderful dish.

Special Food
Yong Sik Kim
R/W30

There are many holidays in Korea. The 15th day of
January by the lunar calendar called Taeboruem is the most
impressive of them to me. On that day, we eat chestnuts,
peanuts, and walnuts in order to get free from furuncles during
that year. Also, we eat Ogokpab that is made of five kinds of


cereals. Besides, in my house, my mother prepares a special
salad called Saengchae. Have you ever eaten that salad? If not,
wouldn't you like to know the way to cook the salad? It is not
difficult to cook a delicious Saengchae if you have the right
ingredients and follow the directions as I say.
The following are the necessary ingredients and
preparations. The first thing you have to do before cooking
Saengchae is to buy the various ingredients, such as 1 radish,
1/2 teaspoon of salt, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 ginger, 2 spring
onions, 1 tablespoon of salted anchovies, and 1/2 cup of pepper
powder. The second thing is to wash all of the above
ingredients except 1 tablespoon of salted anchovies and 1/2 cup
of pepper powder. The last thing is to peel 1 radish, 3 cloves of
garlic, 1 ginger, and 2 spring onions.
Then, this is the stage to cook. First of all, slice 1
radish and let the slices of radish stand covered by 1/2 teaspoon
of salt for about 15 minutes. Second, crush 3 cloves of garlic
and 1 ginger slightly. After that, cut up 2 spring onions into
3cm pieces. Finally, mix the above materials and 1/2 cup of
pepper powder. .
In conclusion, cooking Saengchae is easy when you
just follow my guidance. If you want to eat Saengchae more
deliciously, please put sesame on the top of it before eating.
Furthermore, if you eat Saengchae most deliciously, you should
eat it right after you participate in the traditional activities, such
as welcoming the first full moon and flying a kite, etc. I would
like to recommend this special food to you because it is very
digestible.
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