Rubie Chen

Rubie Chen

KORCHI

KORCHI

KORCHI is a cultural observation project inspired by Martina that covers a lot of interesting insight toward KOR[EAN] and CHI[NESE] modern lifestyle.

KORCHI is short for KOR[EA] and CHI[NA], these two countries are where Martina has been working and living before we met in Shanghai.

Before returning to Germany, Martina has decided to collect all her notes and scribbles of culture differences and similarities between these two countries into a book, and I’ve been so fortunate to have the chance to go through all the materials that are full of surprises and laughter. We have had lots of discussions over the topics, in which I also brought in my perspective and experience in Shanghai as a Taiwanese.

KORCHI was originally a working title, but we agreed quickly, that it sounds fun, interesting and somewhat “Asian” like Kimchi, Tai Chi or Lychee. We believe that KORCHI can not only bring joy to people who has experience in either of these countries, but also provide some interesting insight of both cultures to people who are curious about them.

There are more than 200 illustrations in KORCHI, and all of them are originally hand-drawn to express the beauty of human touch. Some of my favorite topics of each chapter are showcased here.