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How we are so alike!

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By Young Hoy Kim Kimaro

It has been nearly 15 years since I joined my husband in Tanzania after retiring from a job in the U.S. Although we had spent month-long vacations in Mwika, our home village, practically every two years over 30 years prior to retirement, still settling in to live there was quite a cultural shock, a shock that's magnified by vastly different sights and sounds that surrounded us.

Now that I have lived here long enough for those sights and sounds to no longer rattle my senses, what once appeared as being worlds apart no longer seem so. Instead, I am discovering from day to day how much the Chaggas on Mount Kilimanjaro and Koreans have in common.

The first thing that comes to mind are Chagga women. Yes, like the majority of folks of that gender worldwide, they serve. They serve their husbands; they serve their children; they serve their parents, their relatives. While they are at it, just like their Korean counterparts, Chagga women ruffle a lot of feathers or, as a saying goes in Korea, create a lot of wind with their skirts (chima baram).

Chagga women are fiercely dedicated to their families and their children, and would not spare themselves, toiling day and........

© The Korea Times