"AMERICAN CITY"

A group of Korean elementary students dance during a school field trip to an English Village in South Korea.

A group of Korean elementary students dance during a school field trip to an English Village in South Korea.
I went on a field trip with some of my English students to a place called American City.

American City is meant to be like a city from the United States. It has a post office, hospital, bakery, hair salon, police station, and fire department among many other places typically found in 'American' cities.

It's one of many English Villages throughout South Korea. 'English Villages' are places for Koreans to experience "Western" culture through things such as: baking, games, dance parties, spaghetti, guns and hairstyles. Everything is instructed by foreign teachers in English, which is why we took the students.

I have mixed feelings about American City. Perhaps my experience is best described via posts I shared on a friend’s Facebook wall as it was happening:
10:56AM: "You’ll never guess where I am right now… At a place called “American City”! Ah! I’m so glad I don’t work here…  It resembles a little city in America, and foreigners teach kids English. Even better is it’s inside a train station…”

11:32AM: “I don’t know where my co-teachers went…  Now I’m making balloon animals. This is the life..."

11:34AM: "I need you here in this moment. I’ve hit rock bottom..."

12:39PM: "I just shoved a giant plate of spaghetti in my face... After eating it, I found a kid putting his hands in the serving bowl of pasta. Then one of the foreign teachers (wearing a really short dress) bent over and revealed her butt cheeks to the world. These poor, precious children... I hope you'll appreciate these updates. I needed an outlet. My co-teachers are still nowhere to be found..."

2:00PM: "There were guns... The cutest little Korean girls were holding guns..."
Although I was a bit traumatized by the experience, my students seemed to have a blast. What else matters? And I’m glad they now know more about the culture of my country. Guns, short dresses, balloon animals and all... God bless the USA.

Korean boys posing with their new hairstyles on a school field trip to an English Village in South Korea.
Philip, Brian, and Edward got their hair styled on our field trip to American City in Korea. November, 2011.

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