“There’s someone I’m really thankful for. I studied abroad in the States when I was in high school, but everything was processed late, so I arrived after the semester had already started. It was hard. I couldn’t speak English well then, and since everything was so unfamiliar I couldn’t make any friends either. Then one time someone came up to me, introduced himself, and we became close friends. One day we took his car to downtown to hang out, but we had a swim match the day before, so we were really tired. Exhausted, my friend nodded off while driving his car and suddenly drifted over the center line. I was shocked and woke my friend up, but he was so flustered that we got into an accident. I was totally fine, but my friend broke his nose. However even in that situation he looked at me and said, ‘quick, run away!’ He thought that because I was a foreigner if I was involved in an accident I would be sent back to Korea…”
“고마운 사람이 있어요. 제가 고등학교 때 미국으로 유학을 갔는데 일처리가 늦어져서 학기가 시작한 후에나 도착했어요. 가자마자 영어도 잘 안되고 낯설어서 친구도 못 사귀고 힘들었는데, 언제부턴가 저에게 먼저 다가와 인사도 해주고 친해진 친구가 있었어요. 한번은 친구가 운전하는 차를 타고 시내로 놀러 갔는데 그 전날 둘 다 수영 경기에 나갔어서 너무 피곤한 상태였죠. 몸이 힘드니까 친구가 운전을 하다가 졸았어요. 어느 순간 보니 차가 갑자기 중앙선을 넘어가고 있더라구요. 놀라서 친구를 깨웠는데 걔가 당황해하는 바람에 사고가 났어요. 저는 멀쩡했지만 그 친구는 코가 부러졌어요. 그런데 그런 상태에서도 저보고 ‘넌 빨리 도망쳐’라고 하더라구요. 제가 외국인이니까 사건사고에 얽히면 한국으로 쫒겨나는 건지 알고…”.