01/15/2017 Interview > Alumni
A Writer that Reads the World
Chun Woon-young (Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, ERICA, ’94)
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“Do you know when you feel hunger the most? It’s not the moment right before you eat your food on the table. After having the first bite, that is when you feel hunger the most,” started Chun. Writer Chun, who graduated from Department of Journalism & Mass Communication recently opened up a Spanish restaurant called 'Table of Don Quixote' after having lived in Spain for her studies.
Part 1. Being a writer
Chun has started her writing in order to become a journalist and to let the world know about the stories that are yet to be unveiled. Due to her convictions in that writing for newspapers would do justice when it comes to unfair treatments that people get, she wanted to become a journalist. “I couldn’t keep up to the standards that have been set up to become a journalist and that is why I majored in literature again,” said Chun. After carrying out her studies in the field of literature, she naturally felt that it was just the work for her. “I would agree that writers actually write for a living, but I would say that it is more of reading the world and recreating it into one of the languages,” added Chun.
She stresses that writing is about how she portrays the world that she sees through her eyes. “Back in the days when we were students, it was hard to even have a dream of our own. I have read probably all the books that I would read during my lifetime while I was studying literature,” said Chun. Since her dream was never set on being a writer, she says that she devoured the knowledge better and faster than others. “I had my hard times as well. I have always paid for my own tuition fees and worked in academies and publishing companies while writing my own novel,” she said. After 6 years of her studies in literature, she has started her literary career with the novel, 'Needle' which depicts about the characters that are actually around her. One of the most important things that Chun thinks when it comes to writing is being absorbed into the work itself and the characters until the she understands the person both on the mind and the body.
Part 2. Being a cook
“It was not only about being a cook but more of starting up a business. The whole process had to be chosen and I had to learn about all the interior designs to electric wiring to set up my own restaurant,” said Chun. She has always had her passion about cooking for other people and during a residence program at the University of Malaga, she obtained the chance to learn how to cook Spanish food. Although she started learning how to cook in order to be acquainted with the language itself, she later admits that she has got to understand the lives of Spanish people a little. “I learned how to cook in the morning and helped out as a teaching assistant for American tourist programs. At night, I did my writing once I got back to the dormitory,” recalls Chun. She says that she had one of the most comfortable and dreamy lives during her stay in Malaga.
Her restaurant only opens up during the night time due to her fear of literature being further apart from her. “I used to open up full time but since I work on my own, I got exhausted during the weekends and didn’t have any time of my own,” says Chun. In addition to having an individual time, she says that it is the thing about the Spanish food that fits in well at night time. “There’s a lot of Spanish food that goes well with alcohol. ‘Serve little and more dishes’ is how you eat Spanish food which is why it should fit in better at night,” added Chun. Gazpachuelo is one of her favorite Spanish dish since it is a traditional Malaga regional food. It is hard to find anywhere else and Chun has promised her friends in Malaga that when they visit her restaurant, she would serve them the special dish of gazpachuelo.
Chun wishes that she could write during her whole life time and stay awake. Enlightenment and adventure is what she seeks all the time and cooking is a part of the adventure itself. She also added that there was no better name other than 'Table of Don Quixote' in that it is the table and the menus that she is venturing on. As there are no guidelines as to where and how one should live their lives, Chun’s adventure is something that people could refer to.
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Photos by Moon Hana