In Busan, South Korea’s second largest city, a recently graduated LGBTQ activist named, Taeyeon, has dedicated his life to changing the perceptions Koreans have of the gay community. He is the founder of QUIP, Queer in PNU, Busan’s first gay student union. He is a relentless fighter for his beliefs and a champion for the cause of gay rights.

In 2016 Taeyeon helped organize the 5th annual LGBTQ awareness charity ball which took place July 9th. We were extremely lucky to have Taeyeon grant us exclusive access to his life leading up to the event. DANCE WITH SOMEBODY is a 30-minute observational documentary that explores the life of Taeyeon in his hometown of Busan in the days leading up to the event. Though he is one of a few out of the closet homosexual males in the city, he has agreed to be the subject of this film in order to raise LGBTQ awareness and to further promote LGBTQ rights in South Korea.

South Korea has gone from extreme poverty to tremendous progress in the last sixty years. It bears all the hallmark signs of a successful transition to democracy, wealth and development and a testament to this is the Samsung android in your pocket, the Hyundai parked in your driveway, or the Kpop song that appears on your playlist. Its last president was even sacked for being involved in a corruption scandal–power to the people!

While its model of rapid economic development and technological progress is often held as an example to other developing nations (Google: Miracle on the Han River) much of the country still holds on to past traditions and retains that old world charm.

In HELLO! WAYGOOK! A CULTURAL GUIDE TO LIFE IN SOUTH KOREA five expats, or, waygooks (foreigner in Korean), from Guatemala all the way to New Zealand, share their personal experiences living, studying, working and dating in the Land of Morning Calm.