Monday, October 8, 2012


A doljanchi (돌잔치) is a korean first birthday celebration and it's a pretty big to-do as, up until even my own parents' generation, children didn't survive their first year of life. 

That being the case, you would think that with the advent of modern medicine and lower infant mortality rates the ceremony would have become obsolete, but, no, the tradition is going on stronger than ever.
I personally blame cameras and the internet.  

It seems to me the Korean-American crowd is more dol-crazy than even native Koreans, but that could just be because my search engines are set to English.  A bit of worldly wisdom: being selfish for your children doesn't make you selfless, my friends.

Happy first birthday to a certain awful child.  Auntie hates you.

medium: pencil, watercolor, digital