Cindy Zimmer, Editor & Founder
Hello world! 안녕하세요! Thanks for visiting ATK Magazine! My name is Cindy and I’m the founder, editor and primary writer here.
Who am I? I’m me of course. Seriously though, I’ve always been a huge music fan so when I went to Korea, I had a blast discovering all the fabulous music there. In the process, I became a fan of Korean music, everything from indie (No Brain, Crying Nut, Clazziquai) to hip hop (Dynamic Duo, MC Sniper, Epik High) to K-pop (Big Bang mostly). Films and food are also huge passions so I had fun checking those out as well. Along the way, I enjoyed learning and exploring almost everything Korean – the culture, the food, the music, the films, the dramas (Coffee Prince will always be my favourite), and of course, the people as I made so many great friends. Which is why I started ATK Magazine (it stands for “All Things Korean”).
How did this love of Korean culture come about? Well, there was the whole three years living in Korea… Seriously, I went to Korea to teach English for a year and stayed for three because I loved it so much! After those three fantastic years in Korea (one year in Ulsan and two in Seoul), I returned to Canada to attend graduate school, studying Fundraising (yes, there is a grad program for that) in Toronto. And while that means I don’t get out dancing in Q-vo as much (my fav club in Seoul), I do get to watch the Leafs (my fav hockey team) more. Plus the beer tastes better here 🙂 even if it’s more expensive and there are more patios to hang out on.
To help stay connected to Korea and Korean culture, I created ATK Magazine and also ran a Korean-English language exchange group called Say Kimchi for three years (until the spring of 2014).
Nowadays I work in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser; write about Korean culture on ATK Magazine; sit on the board of directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival; and host a Korean cooking show called Canadian Doenjang (currently on hiatus). Oh yeah, and I’m studying Korean in my free time (well, sometimes)! Hey, what can I say… I love being busy. Oh, and I occasionally write about non-Korean stuff on Toronto Thoughts. I’m on Twitter: @CindyinTO and email: Cindy(at)ATKmagazine(dot)com
The colour purple, Korean music, live music, films, doenjang jjigae, galbi, roast turkey, chocolate milk, tea, writing, running, cooking, fantasy books (especially about vampires), the Leafs (even when they are losing), the Jays, my family and friends (okay, they should be higher), a cold beer on a hot summer day (preferably on the patio), a nice glass of wine or scotch (Dalwhinnie or Glenmorangie are my fav) in the winter, shopping (I wish Canada had 24 hour malls – man, do I miss the shopping in Seoul, especially in Dongdaemun), dancing (although I don’t get out as much anymore), museums and art galleries, Christmas and Halloween, live sports, camping, eating out, nail polish and cute, flirty clothes.
Willful ignorance, cockroaches (I saw enough to last a lifetime in Korea), racism, condescension (dude, I’m not stupid, I’m a girl), the colour yellow, losing touch with friends, being bored, and not having a full social calendar.
Words I use too much:
Dude, seriously, really, excellent, 진짜, cute, 오이 (I can’t believe no one has asked why I say “cucumber” too much) and 아이씨 (but generally in my head, not out loud).
Random facts about me:
- Western Zodiac sign: Virgo
- Occupation: Fundraiser/Writer/Editor
- Dream occupation: Writer/Author
- Location: Toronto
- Hates eating onions, but cooks with them anyways
- Listens to music all the time
- Wears purple… a lot
- Walks everywhere
- Loves pansies (the flower)
- Huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey) and Toronto Blue Jays (baseball)
- Has a huge book collection and reads constantly
- Fave candy: cinnamon hearts and Fun Dip (yep, I still eat both)
Oh, and here’s a couple of pictures of me ^^
Love this pic in Hollywood (2010)
At the Getty Centre in LA (2010)
Me and my bekseju at Rendezvous Korean Cuisine (2012)
Me with Korean Consul General Chung Kwang-kyun, Alex (another great blogger) and Consul Ahn (2012)
My last b-day in Korea (2008)
Can’t remember what was said but I look happy to be speaking at KCON 2014