Biography Kyeongbin

Hello. My name is Kyeongbin Kim (. I think I have lived in quite a few different places. I was born in South Korea and then moved to New Zealand for high school. My high school in NZ was a boarding school. I have more memories in this school than in previous 15 years of my life. That is, I had a plenty of fun experience with students who had different backgrounds. We sneaked out of the dorm from time to time during the night and had some good night snacks. I don’t know why but at that time we were eating a lot. By the time I became 11th grade, I moved to different school in Saipan. Many people do not exactly know where this island is. It is quite close to Guam and the weather is normally like today in La Jolla. Here, I first discovered the beauty of scuba diving. I love when I look upward to the surface of the water while I’m under water. Of course, I enjoyed swimming, barbecuing in the beach, and snorkeling after school. I think it was this time around that I became interested in pacific islands and indigenous people in these islands. A few of my teachers in Saipan were Chamorro people who were considered to be native people in Saipan and other islands such as Tinian and Rota. I am particularly interested in their musical instruments such as Ukulele because I thought the sound of those instruments is well suited to the chilled and peaceful vibe of the island. However, I wasn’t really paying attention to the history of Chamorro people. While I watched the videos for this week, I was quite shocked about how colonization proceeded during WWII in Papua New Guinea. I believe Chamorro people had similar form of lives during WWII with New Guineans. I’d like to research more about this topic later. After graduating from high school in Saipan, I went to college in San Francisco Bay Area and transferred to UCSD. I paused my education and joined the special force in Incheon International Airport in South Korea. It was mentally and physically the hardest time of my life but at the same time I grew up mentally and physically. I spent so much time with police dogs and trained them (or they trained me). Currently, I am studying in UCSD and majoring Pharmacological Chemistry to become a vet. I love playing soccer and reading detective novels. My favorite detective storywriter is Higashino Geigo. However, due to school works, I could not play soccer and could not read books for a while. I am planning to visit Saipan after this summer quarter to meet my teachers and lucky friends who still live in that beautiful island. I want to spend my later years in this island working as a vet and get little lazy.

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  1. Lea Kolesky says:

    Thank you for sharing, Kyeongbin! I can’t wait to hear more about your experiences in the region. What was your favorite thing about working with police dogs? I just adopted a very rambunctious four-month-old puppy, do you have any must-know training tips? It’s so cool that you plan to be a veterinarian. I also think getting a little lazy on a beautiful island like Saipan sounds like the best plan ever!

  2. VIDAL ESPINA says:

    This is amazing to hear of all the places you’ve been. AND, that you have worked with training dogs. I totally get the dogs training you. I’ve never worked professionally with dogs but have had many throughout my life and they have taught me so much especially in the growth as a human being.
    I’m almost for certain the Chamorro people probably received similar treatments. I’ve noticed that a lot of colonial powers in the US, Latin America, and even the Australians to the Aborigines have a lot of similarities in the way they’ve affected the native people.

  3. JIA LI says:

    I actually have a lot in common with you. For starters, I also moved from my home country to New Zealand for high school. Which College were you in? I first attended Saint Kentigern College for 1 year and half, which is in Pakuranga, Auckland. Then I transferred to Auckland International College. There I also made some lovely Korean friends. After I graduated, I came to UCSD as you did. And wow, you really have a plenty of fascinating experiences in many countries ! Wish your career goal come true and all the best !

  4. Rachel Hicks says:

    Hi Kyeongbin, I wish you could be in lecture in order to help us compare PNG to Saipan! I lived in Guam for two years as a kid. I visited Saipan on vacation with my family and I agree, it is beautiful! Many Pacific Islands have similar colonial histories; however, islands in Micronesia are a little different than PNG because some of them are still affiliated with or territories of larger dominant powers as opposed to independent states. They were also major stages of battles during WWII. Feel free to compare Saipan to PNG in your blog posts, but you might want to do some research on both areas to recognize how they are similar and different. Best, Rachel

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