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A: Yes, meetup.com is a great resource to use if you are having difficultly meeting other foreigners. However, it is always somewhat strange to rely on technology to meet others. I strongly recommend taking some tours that are directed for expats. Companies such as www.adventurekorea.com and The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch are always getting together groups of expats for amazing tours around Korea. The RASKB also offers multiple lectures each month in which many expats are in attendance.
If you are teaching adults, I also recommend hanging out with your students. They will often times introduce you to many places and other people in which you can make new connections. In America this would be completely unheard of, but in Korea this is acceptable.
Lastly, you should check out the community page of Seoul Magazine. The English magazine posts tons of events happening around Seoul each month. Among events such as the Seoul Players, O'ngo cooking classes, and Korean cultural classes for foreigners you should be able to meet plenty of expats. Most of all, keep an open mind and make plans to see people again and exchange numbers whenever possible. Don't be afraid to talk to foreigners on the subway just because the Korean's don't.
Q: How do I cope with an Asian appearance, but I am really a foreigner in Korea?
A: I know many Asians, Mexicans, and even Indians who are spoken to in Korean on a daily basis. The Korean people automatically assume you are a local or a mix because of your dark skin. My main recommendation to you is to learn how to say short phrases like "waygooken" "Hanguk anyio" and fast! The Koreans will immediately understand that you are just a foreigner and cannot speak any Korean.
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