Leslie Evans, a 17 year-old high school foreign exchange student living with a family near Mokpo, South Cholla province, feels surprisingly at home living with her host family. Ms. Evans, hailing from Squirrel Holllow, Kentucky, was worried that she would be overwhelmed by culture shock when she decided to join the exchange program.
"I'm not sure what I expected to find, but I certainly wasn't expecting it to remind me so much of Squirrel Hollow". Among the things that surprised her was the appearance of her small neighborhood tucked into a mountain valley. In addition, she was amazed that her host family had almost as much crap sitting in their front yard as most of her neighbors back home.
"My host family has tons of junk stacked all around the house. Old machine tools, a rusting bicycle, and a broken-down refrigerator, just like my Uncle over in Spring Hollow." Ms. Evans also claimed that the dogs tied up living in wooden crates looked just like the guard dogs back home. "But, of course, we don't eat them like the Koreans do, I mean they must think they are just like squirrels or something."