Here’s something really special for my readers. In normal conversations, we “interview” people we know and meet all the time when we ask them questions. Casually saying hello to someone is different than sitting down with them with a goal in mind. Making this blog more personal is what I decided and I wanted to capitalize on it. What better way than to interview someone I’ve known and been close to for over a decade? Even though I know my best friend and the future godfather to my (possible) children I did write some questions ahead of time. I may have heard about some of the things mentioned before when he was town, but it’s different getting him to retell it. With this, I was trying to capture his story, in his own words, in an exciting and detailed way. I’m happy to say we were able to do exactly that.
Me: Well, let’s get this interview on the road! First, I’d like to thank you for accepting my offer. There’s going to be people reading this so please introduce yourself!
Tye: No problem, bruh. You know it’s nothing.
Tye: I’m Hunter Dandridge V. I am a senior at Keimyung University located in Republic of Korea. I study international relations and I’m 22 years old, single, and living life up to the fullest. I lived in South Korea for 7 years and in Germany for 7 years. That’s where I met my best friend Andrei! I was in middle school at that time. My life is has been an adventure!
Me: Haha, meeting you at summer camp is definitely my favorite childhood memory! Good to see you’re doing well. It must be exciting that this is your last year at university, but before I query about your education I’d like to talk a bit about the places you lived. I remember you moved to South Korea during our freshman year, what was that like? What would you say was the biggest change for you?
Tye: The biggest change was the food and culture! Koreans are so xenophobic! The food smells bad but you get used to it. Old people will push you out the way and will give you dirty looks if you are with a Korean girl, especially if you are black.
Me: So you initially didn’t like living in South Korea? I’ve read it’s unlikely to encounter problems, but the odds go up if you’re black, male and with a Korean woman. You lived there for so long though, has the xenophobia abated or is it still as prevalent as it was when you first arrived?
Tye: Yeah I didn’t like it initially. And in some places it’s okay but in most of the country they are extremely ignorant. They also are racist to Chinese people and Japanese people. They are usually very proud about their country and are proud about their influence in the world (Korean wave). Actually, it’s not that big of a deal. They are usually out shined by China and Japan. Kind of a sad story but you can understand why they act the way they do to foreigners if you understand Korean history. They seem to always be a victim and even now as we speak it could be argued that they are a prime example of USA neocolonialism. The overall sentiment of the United States is positive. They really praise Caucasian or western features such the eyes and nose. So much so that they have the biggest plastic surgery industry in Asia and I think.. The world. So as you can see the culture and their attitudes are hypocritical they push and pull foreigners with the same hand. (One for globalization the other for prestige) and push because their ignorant and strong nationalist ideology.
Me: That sure is a lot to take in and pretty informative. From an outsider’s point of view South Korea seems like such an awesome place, but no group of people are perfect. I’d like talk more about your school years. How was high school (especially your freshman year)? Did you meet anyone at your school that helped you get used to being in a different country?
Tye: I had a girlfriend.. Good learning experience lol
Me: Lol, I remember her! Speaking of girlfriends, you did mention you were single. Do you hope to get married one day? What do you look for in a relationship?
Tye: …no I don’t want to get married monogamy is a rare commodity.
Tye: I look for loyalty, trust, understanding, things that don’t exist anymore lol.
Me: I see. Have you met a woman who has close to having all of those qualities?
Tye: I thought. She ended up cheating on me too many times…
Me: Awh damn. Cheaters are scum. Marriage is something to think about in the future, but what about now? Are you currently looking to be in a relationship or are you more into casual dating?
Tye: Hmmmm, casual dating. I don’t want anything serious. If there is a woman who can change my mind.. I’m waiting. And it will take a lot of convincing lol
Me: Best of wishes to you in that endeavor. Whenever you find the one make sure to invite me to the wedding!
Tye: Of course it doesn’t need to be said lol
Me: By the way, what are your thoughts on kids? Do you want to have any?
Tye: .. Maybe, when all the crazy left my body. That would be my final crazy action lmao.
Me: Omd, lmao. Well, don’t worry. Even if you don’t have kids there’s a possibility you’ll have godchildren so you have that to look forward to
Tye: Yeah I forgot to tell you… My other friend has a child and I am a godfather. His name is Raymond jr. Half black and Filipino lol.
Me: Awh! Congratulations!
Me: What’s it like in the day of the life for Tye? Do you have a routine?
Tye: If I don’t go to the gym in the morning I go to the gym at 11pm. I always have to go to the gym.
Me: Are you playing any sports or is it just for physical fitness?
Tye: I practice jujitsu and play basketball and I model.
Me: Noice, how did you get into jujitsu and modeling?
Tye: My friend asked me to join and I really liked it so I stayed and been doing It for two years. And modeling agency scout noticed me while I was visiting Seoul while I was coming out of a Nike store
Me: Teaching English, playing basketball, jujitsu, modeling and university… life must be very eventful! By the way, how does modeling work? Is it demanding or is it more fun for you?
Tye: More like a mini get away.. Lol, I do photo shoots on Saturdays in Seoul which is like 4 hours away so the agency pays for my transportation and everything.
Me: You appear in magazines and do walkways and things like that?
Tye: Yeah, this week is the Seoul fashion week.
Me: Have a good time! What do you plan on doing once you graduate?
Tye: I plan to work for the U.S. Government
Me: CIA? Criminal investigator? Attorney? You’re a talented guy so there’s a number of choices, but what do you want to do specifically? Lol
Tye: I want to be an ambassador. Foreign relations officer.
Me: I know you’ll succeed. Do your best! What sparked your interest in working for the government?
Tye: My father and growing up international around the military.
Me: What would you say is the happiest moment in your life so far?
Tye: Happiest.. I don’t know, I have a lot and they are all equally satisfying. Anytime I’m with all my friends lol
Me: I guess your life wouldn’t be an adventure if you didn’t have a lot of happy moments.
Me: Do you have any closing words and/or advice or anything you’d like to say to the readers before ending this interview?
Tye: Yes, life is what you make of it and whatever you do today will affect you tomorrow.
P.S. Thank you so much, Tye for taking the time to do this. Thank you for being my best friend for over 15 years now. Thank you for being one of the many blessings in my life. I am so happy to have a best friend like you in my life. I love you!