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Gimbap: Korean Comfort Food To Go!

In the fall of 2023, I finally sat down to watch Extraordinary Attorney Woo (이상한 변호사 우영우) on Netflix, and like so many around the world, I fell in love with Woo Young-Woo’s brilliant, earnestly sweet nature. Gimbap’s comfort and consistency in her life, the expression of care and love illustrated by her appa, and […]

Viral YouTube Video, “Noose” Gets Music Sequel

Noose is a story about a young boy who, on the brink of committing suicide, is unexpectedly diverted from his path by the sound of barking in the distance. His encounter with a drowning puppy leads to an unexpected turn of events, offering a message of hope and redemption. At the end of the film, […]

Reclaiming Wellness: Centering the Asian Diaspora

The pursuit of wellness has become more than just a trend – it’s a necessity. But amidst the plethora of self-care routines and healing modalities, it’s crucial to remember the roots from which these practices originated. At HELLO HAPI, we will reclaim the narratives around wellness and healing, especially as many of these modalities have […]

Bibimbap. 비빔밥.

When I was living on my own for the first time after college, a guy I was seeing looked over at me from the driver’s seat of the car and said with a hushed, mock-incredulous tone: “You’ve never had bibimbap?” As a Korean adoptee who grew up in white, rural Pennsylvania, of course I had […]

Hawker Delights Cuisine: Your New Favorite Asian Restaurant

Hawker food culture is a culinary force to be reckoned with. With its roots coming from a storied Asian lineage, its appeal is undeniable. Gone are the days when food labeled as such can only be found on the streets and food courts. It has garnered such a huge fanbase that it has reached Illinois […]

K-Folk Meets K-Pop: Coreyah Revives Traditional Korean Folk through Psychedelic Fusions

With the global rise of Korean music groups like BTS and Blackpink, American audiences might be familiar with K-pop—but what about K-Folk? Coreyah (고래야), a Seoul-based band that debuted in 2010, fuses traditional Korean sound with global influences from genres ranging from rock and roll to funk. Coreyah’s US tour is currently taking place, and […]

A HELLO HAPI Welcome

Ji Bowlus here, the Founder and CEO of HELLO HAPI. I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to connect with you. As a 1.5-generation Korean American who immigrated to the United States at age three, I’ve experienced firsthand the complexities of navigating between cultures. HELLO HAPI isn’t just another media company—it’s a culmination of a vision […]