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Project: Book Project update 3 & Food Hunting in Korea video 1 up!

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This is part of ‘Seoul Food Book Project’ that Kayla and I have been working on, it’s finally up! – you can watch our first video here! 🙂

For those of you who have been reading my updates on “Seoul Food Book Project”- here is what happened when we finally met with the copyright center of China two weeks ago! They are the ones who protect the copyrights of all kinds of media produced in China as well as control what kind of foreign books get published in China. Well, when Kayla and I took our book demo (posted on my blog in July) and showed it to them, surprisingly, the head of the foreign book publishing loved our project and told us she will try her best to find us a publisher in China! 🙂


at the China Copyright Center

IMG_5229 A week later, however, we were informed of the bad news, harsh reality hit us! The publishers were interested BUT since no one knows who we are in China, they will only publish our book IF we meet one of the two requirements

1. Have not one…. but THREE completed books so that they can publish them as a series.
2. Become famous….!

Well I understand for travel books, series of books like Lonely Planet gets a lot more attention and shelf space than single city book but for us, completing even one book on Seoul took us more than 5 months plus all the food, travel expenses came from our own pockets….. so we told them, unless the publisher can guarantee a publishing deal + pay us an upfront fee, we are unable to write three books.

The harsh reality is, unless you have fame, it’s hard to get anything published in mainland China UNLESS of course you pay for everything yourself (we learned from our new friends at the copyright center that even if you pay for your own publishing, no one will distribute for you in China). That being said, although becoming famous in China seemed so improbable, we were only left with option #2. #_#

一起觅食吧 Logo So Kayla and I decided, we will first use our videos (which originally were planned to be used as complimentary videos for the book) to slowly build a steady fan base. If we want to publish this Seoul Food Book that we’ve been working so hard on, we had no choice but to choose this new media route. As a result, Food Hunting (一起觅食吧)was born!

Behind story – It was our first day in Seoul, at the time, we had no plan of making these food/travel videos, we just did it for fun. Please excuse my broken Chinese (it’s my third language, so I get pretty nervous on camera) as I try to be your food guide in Seoul, please enjoy! 🙂

first video

our first video was uploaded on youku and youtube today

seafood pot In our first episode of Food Hunting (一起觅食吧)Musichef TJ & Beijing foodie/writer Kayla take you on your first food adventure in Korea!

Grilling clams the real ‘Gangnam Style’ at a popular clam restaurant in Seoul 갯벌의진주(Tidal Flat’s Pearls), are you ready join our first Food Hunting in Seoul?

IMG_2658 full video with audio ->

choose higher quality video! 🙂

also on youtube – (however, youtube may delete the audio)

warning: this video will get your mouth watering.

20140115_195353 Full videos will be uploaded onto (一起觅食吧/Food Hunting)and on TJ’s blog on every Thursday.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated, we hope you like our video! Please help us promote 🙂 For those who have, you can search for us @一起觅食吧 many thanks!

I’m on Instagram – @Musichef_TJ and facebook . come check out Musichef TJ’s daily happenings 🙂

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  • Riki

    TJ! You can do it, don’t give up!

    • TJ

      Riki! Thank you for your encouragement! it’s been a long time, how have you been?? are you still in Tokyo or? maybe I can go visit you next year?