Tuesday, September 04, 2007

We like you because you're different.

In the different places I have recently lived, non-natives always seem to have a title.
Something fun and flashy.
Something that can be used as a simple descriptive noun, or a bitingly derogatory interjection.

Something to pull everyone together.

In Kasigluk I was called a kussik,
In Barrow, non-Inupiats were referred to as Tuniks.
Now in Korea I have donned a new and exciting label.

Outsiders are called Waegooks.

There are just so many ways to say, “Damn foreigner!”

... and all this time I thought filty muktuk was offensive! Careful with the cookin!
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