Inkyeong Kim, who is living as an everyday nomad in a city, is proposing a nomadic life that many people in the city can enjoy. She asked me to call her 'Lime' because she feels awkward to be called 'Inkyeong Kim'. There was special with her.
J-Space What is the 'Nomad City' project about?
Inkyeong Kim (hereinafter Lime) People keep seeing fantastic images of digital nomads such as images of someone working on a beach in a vacation destination, so those in the city feel great distance between that concept and the reality and as a result feel being a digital nomad is challenging. So, I called my project 'Nomad City' to suggest a nomadic life that people in the city can easily try out.
In my last company, I led a project called 'One-day Nomad', which promoted the idea of being a nomad for one day every week by changing where they work in Seoul. At that time, I thought 'City' was an important key word that we were familiar with and that was not about going far away into the wild nature. This time, too, I name it Nomad City to go out and about in Juju city, which is relatively easy to access. I tried to exclude places that are hard to access because I wanted to suggest that those not extroverted or gutty can also be a digital nomad, that the identity I choose myself is more important, that it is not just about image not something challenging, and that the digital nomads can choose their own time and place.
The situation in Korea is different from that in other countries. We Koreans are not familiar with digital nomads enjoying leisure activities, networking and parties, so it's difficult to just start doing those things. I initiated this project thinking that those introverted or rather a bit timid try being a digital nomad.
<Inkyeong Kim, working in J-Space, the center's co-working space.
She worked here and there in J-Space for a month and said she changed her seat every 2-3 hours to focus well.
It seems that she is a born nomad.>
J-Space You made a list of cafes in Jeju that are good to work in. How was your nomadic life in the center of Jeju? Maybe it wasn't so different from Seoul because it was a city center.
Lime Yes. It was very different. It's different from Seoul that you can find huge cafes on the beach if you take a bus from the accommodation just a little while. Furthermore, Jeju has a variety of beach sceneries from Aewol to Hyeopjae to Sehwa-ri. You can find the scenery and people's atmosphere are also different on the way to each place. Of course, the interior and menus of the cafes are similar to the ones in Seoul, so it is easier to get used to the environment, which is a plus.
<A cafe in Jeju introduced on Inkyeong Kim's Tumblr, which has the theme of 'Nomad City'>
<Jeju's co-working spaces and cafes good to work in, tagged on Inkyeong Kim's Tumblr, which has the theme of 'Nomad City'>
J-Space You worked on the 'Jeju Women Project' with Yeseul Nam, who also participated in this stay support program. I wonder how you two did the project together.
Lime: There were not many women and we were at the same age, so we got closer. Also, both of us were interested in feminism. There were only 4 women in total in this stay support program, so I wish the gender ratio were more balanced. Without considering why and how we came to work together, as a result, we were looking to do some project in Jeju. Then, our common interest is in feminism, so we wondered if there was any local figure who can be a role model for us. Haenyeos, representing Jeju, or Mandeok Kim are all females, so we decided to do a research on women in Jeju.
J-Space Is there any woman in Jeju you found impressive?
Lime For me, Jeongsook Choi, a woman who founded a school in Jeju, was incredibly sensational. She was among the first graduates of the first women's school. She finished her school in that era and went up to Seoul, but later came back to her hometown, Jeju. People from Jeju, including Mandeok Kim, even if they go to Seoul to do something, if they see what is missing in Jeju, they come back and found a school. That spirit may be what is special about Jeju. Though Mandeok Kim was acknowledged by King Jeongjo in Hanyang, she tried to do something for Jeju in the end. Jeongsook Choi also came back to Jeju, founded a school and worked as a doctor. She got a doctor's license when she was 38. You can see how incredible she is, but even people in Jeju don't know her very well. Actually, she is as incredible as Mandoek Kim. Daejeong Girls' Middle School and High School, Hallim Girls' Middle School and High School as well as Jeju Jungang Middle School, all of them were founded by Jeongsook Choi.
<'Jeju Women Project', introduced on Inkyeong Kim's Tumblr>
J-Space There were 4 women on the stay support program. You shared the room together.
Lime Yes, we liked it a lot. It was great. We inspired each other. I have a design major and my older sister has an art major, so we talk a lot about film art. It was fun in that sort of way. If I said I experienced this today in Jeju, then they would tell me lots of things like that could be the new concept I could work on, and it would go well. They gave me many advices while I was nomadizing. What and why do you want to do in that? Would people really like it if you do this? They talk about things like that. And there are some things that overlaps. So, it was a real fun.
J-Space You've met the company 'Dali' in our center and Jeju's 'IT Freelancer Community'. Do you have any other plans in Jeju?
Lime Firstly, I met Jejudali for the Jeju's Haenyeo project, and we had much more similar opinions than expected. So, we talked a lot. He/She is also from Jeju, but went to school in Seoul and came back, so he/she seems to have good understanding about both Jeju locals and the others. So, he/she told me a lot about what he/she learned while doing a business in Jeju. He/She needs someone to work who is interested in Jeju, so he/she had an ardent desire to work together. So, now we have a project to submit to a contest. Regarding oceans and fisheries products, we thought it would be great to work on it together, so we had a meeting just yesterday and are meeting again today for final submission.
Inkyeong Kim is still living a nomadic life in Seoul. One thing that's different is that she continues to meet with the people she stayed together in Jeju to keep the connection. The cafes in Jeju that she earnestly reviewed on her Tumblr. The view, tables and chairs, main music genre and volume and even the toilet! It is full of every little detail for remote workers in Jeju. Highly recommended!
*The above script has been slightly modified from the original interview for readability and the order of interview has been reorganized while we try to maintain Interviewee's original words and intention as much as possible. Contact of <Nomad City> Inkyeong Kim
*The above script has been slightly modified from the original interview for readability and the order of interview has been reorganized while we try to maintain Interviewee's original words and intention as much as possible.
Contact of <Nomad City> Inkyeong Kim
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