One of the difficult things about marrying someone who grew up in a completely different culture and country to you, is the lack of shared childhood memories. It's not something you think about at the beginning of a relationship but it comes up later, especially when you start thinking about having children and you remember your own childhood experiences. Rural South Korea in the 80's and 90's was quite different to Australia at the same time.

Watching the dramas Answer Me1997 and Answer Me 1994 has been a great insight into what life was like for my husband back then. He is from the countryside and does really act like those characters from the countryside in Answer Me 1994. Or as he will exclaim, "It's not the countryside!"

I laughed pretty hard after that comment was made on Answer Me 1994 about country bumpkins and Air Jordans, because only half an hour earlier he had told me about owning a pair when he was younger. Perhaps he wasn't as cool as he thought he was back then...


Nichola makes comics about life with her Korean husband on her blog My Korean Husband. They also have a Youtube channel. Although they met in Australia, they are now living in South Korea.