038: The Prodigal Tandy Returns

Tandy, formally known as “The Great and Powerful” and one of our very first guests, recently returned from a long stay in South Korea! Between his job from hell, a particularly irresponsible bike trip, and the ROK’s increasingly bizarre political scandals, Tandy had much to share in today’s episode.

The music in this episode is courtesy of www.bensound.com.

Festivals

  • Chuseok ("Korean Thanksgiving"): "Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, is one of the most important and festive holidays of the year. This year, Chuseok falls on Thursday, September 19th, but the holiday period actually lasts for three days in total – including the day before and after Chuseok. Traditionally, Koreans return to their ancestral hometowns to celebrate with their families, causing one of the biggest traffic jams of the year as people often take to the road to reach the provinces outside of Seoul..."
  • Joss Paper (used in Chinese "money-burning" tradition): "The Chinese burn joss paper offerings to send ancestors money and material goods in the afterlife. Consequently, you’re likely to see joss paper being burned at funerals, on ancestor birthdays and during important holidays like the Qingming Festival and the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Park Geun-hye and Political Scandals