We had the opportunity to ask Simon and Martina of Eat Your Kimchi a few questions in preparation for Summit. Check out their answers below.
Q: How has living in South Korea changed you?
A: Well, we have careers now that we had no intention in pursuing before! On a more basic level, we’ve just come to have different expectations: our taste in food has changed, our propensity to go out more and enjoy the night has changed, our fashion sense has changed.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: We read lots of Marvel comics. We watch TV, do a lot of home cooking, biking and running and exercise. We visit different places around Seoul and try to find new spots that we can hang out in.
Q: You are planning an amazing dinner party. Which 3 celebrities/historical figures (past or present) would you add to your guest list?
A: Joss Whedon, Marcel Proust, Shakespeare.
Q: What is one thing about you people would be surprised to learn?
A: We’re very similar off camera to how we are on camera.
Q: What are your favorite videos to film? Why?
A: TL;DRs (Too Long; Didn’t Read) are our favourites. KMMs (Kpop Music Mondays) are difficult, because we have to be careful not to offend easily offendable sensibilities. TL;DRs are filmed right afterwards, and are so stress free, just us talking and laughing with each other, and our audience receives those videos so well, and engage in very meaningful conversations to boot.
Q: Did you have experience recording and editing videos before you moved to Korea? How did you learn?
A: Not at all! I mean, we shot home footage before, but we barely did anything with it. We just came to Korea and fumbled around with web video until we discovered what we’re comfortable with.
Q: What’s your favorite part about living in South Korea?
A: How immensely convenient everything is. We can walk to anything we need within 20 minutes. While, in North America, we needed a car to get anywhere.
Q: How did you become interested in North Korea?
A: Since we live in South Korea, talks about North Korea happen often, especially in relation to what’s going to happen between the two. You can’t really avoid hearing about it.
Q: Why do you think people should care about North Korea?
A: We don’t think North Korea is getting the right kind of attention in the media. It’s always about Kim Jong Un, how crazy he is, how he’s ready to blow everything up, how far his nuclear bombs can reach, such and such. We’d rather people talk more about the people of North Korea, and not just its military issues.
Q: How did you get involved with LiNK?
A: A short while ago, LiNK reached out to us to do an event in Seoul, which turned out to be much more successful than what we expected. We did another event for the Project for Awesome campaign, and LiNK won $50,000 for that, which was tremendously surprising for us as well
Simon and Martina care about North Korea. You care about North Korea. Come together at Summit to make progress on this issue.