I Am KoreAm: Robbie Choi

Name: Robbie Choi
Age: 33
Location: Seoul, Korea via Vancouver, BC, Canada
Occupation: Educator

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
I ask myself, “How can I make today better than yesterday?”

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I would probably walk into a live sporting event and cause some “unfortunate” things to happen to my most despised team/player.


If you could go only to one restaurant for the next 5 years, which would it be?
Mickey D’s. I spent a couple of years working at McDonald’s in high school, so at an early age, I was exposed to the greatness that is the Golden Arches. Show me a man that can refuse a Chicken McNugget!

What takes you out of your comfort zone?
Public speaking. As a teacher, it seems ironic that this would be the case, but it’s never easy to speak in front of an audience. I guess what I learned is that if you’re passionate and genuine about a topic, it makes it a lot easier.

Is the glass half empty or half full?
The glass is half empty. That’s the challenge in life. You have to find a way to fill it up to the top!

When people look at me, they would never guess that I…
…Can lose my temper over little things. Too much testosterone buildup from five years at an all boys Catholic high school.

If you were given the opportunity to travel to one place in the world, where would it be and why?
Italy, simply because of the magnificent landmarks that I have only seen on TV or in movies. Plus, pizza and pasta just happen to be my favorites.

Would you rather be rich or famous?
Rich. Fame can’t buy you nice things.

What was the last good book you read?
Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk. Real and straightforward. Worth a read.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
It would have to be more consideration for others. I think people often forget the olden days when you actually cared for your neighbor. I wish we would go back to that.

I Am KoreAm and proud because… my parents were poor immigrants, but found a way to make a comfortable life for their children.


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