January 7, 2013
In South Korea, Foreign Professors Can Have a Hard Time Fitting In
Mark Abramson for The Chronicle
It all began well enough. Michael Foster joined his wife, a South Korean, in Seoul in 2010 with a new doctorate in English literature and a three-year, tenure-track contract at prestigious Korea University. His aim was to build a life in a country that seemed increasingly cosmopolitan and vibrant. Two years later, Mr. Foster, an American, has abandoned his job and is involved in a bitter dispute with his former employer.
Now back in New York with his wife, he says that he felt