Author: Hailyn Yoon


Hello all,

I’m sorry for being late on my updates. Week 3 and Week 4 brought unexpected changes in my plans that I am still scrambling to catch up on.

For week 3, I ended up taking on more work with a fashion brand, and have committed to going at least 3x a week. Fitting this work into my schedule helped me decide on which days I would go out to survey though, so that was good. Dealing with this change in schedule, though, was not so good. Working for around 7 hours every time I went was like going to school again.

Last Friday, I underwent surgery for my teeth that caused major swelling on the left side of my face. Needless to say, I could not speak properly for almost an entire week, smashing my plans to survey into ashes.

And…on the day I finally decided to go survey, I was met with a real world-shattering failure. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the end of the world, but I realized that street surveying was not as simple as just going up to someone and asking them to take a survey. I have always been on the more shy/quiet/reserved side, but I didn’t realize that going up to other people first would be so hard. Especially to strangers. I thought that since they’re strangers, it wouldn’t really matter, but attempting to ask couples or groups of friends who were out doing their own businesses was relatively difficult. I ended up with a grand total of ONE survey that day. Surveying for one and a half hours is also difficult. I did realize that I needed to break out of my bubble and just ask, and to not take it to heart if they reject. Easier said than done, but hopefully this week, it’ll go better for me. So please continue wishing me luck because the struggles are real.

Edit: I read Luann’s update and immediately wished that I had gotten the results that she did! It seems like her adventures of surveying went more successfully than mine. Congrats to Luann (if you’re reading), and hopefully I’ll be on the same track as you at one point or another in my project!

Thanks all,



Almost ready for “W-week.”


Week 1

I missed posting last week because I accidentally left my intro post in drafts (yikes) and ended up posting that instead of an update of my week. Luckily, I did not complete 100 tasks for AP Research then (or is that bad…), and so would not have had anything to keep you guys updated about anyways. But if you are dying to know what went down, I’ll give a short overview. If you don’t want to know, feel free to skip down to week 2. I arrived to Incheon, South Korea on Thursday, February 9th, but had left Tuesday, February 7th, which means that yes, I indeed will forever be missing a Wednesday February 8th, 2017 in my life. For the next 3 days I suffered from jet lag and a cold, which is why I did not contribute much to my research project. I did re-arrange my calendar however. Who knew that the last two weeks of school would be busier than the last 6 months of school????

Week 2

Now, a full week has passed for me in South Korea. I am currently living with my aunt in Kimpo, South Korea, which is an hour away from Seoul by bus. This means that next week, I will be commuting almost every day to the big city, as I actually go out to survey people. I am worried because most people do not like to be bothered and have their time taken away from them, so I need to find a way to get them to take my survey! I was going to hand out printed copies of my survey, but realized that a) Carrying that would be a hassle, b) Gives people more reason to steer away from me when they see a hand with a piece of paper extended towards them, and c) I didn’t exactly research how much it would cost to print paper at local services. So i’ve decided to survey people by asking them to take it on either my phone, or on their phones, if they are willing. Wish me luck because I’m nervous to approach strangers! In terms of other updates on my paper, I am only a day behind on my calendar, and so I am working on catching up.

Current to-do list:

  • Finish my method outline (which I have all in my head, but not on a document
  • Put up my survey on a survey site forum (Google surveys? Survey Monkey?)


That’s all folks. Thanks for reading!


P.S. “W-Week” in my title is there to replace “D-Day.” Get it? 🙂

The Beginning

If this is the beginning of my story, it starts with…

Halla! I’m Hailyn, a senior at BTN, and am currently taking AP Research for this school year. The topic of my research project is the fashion of youth in South Korea, in which I want to explore the idea of a fashion aesthetic, and its relationship to people. In terms of my project, “fashion aesthetic” refers to the collective fashion styles and outfits that a specific group of people follow/wear. I want to observe and justify the assumption that there is a fashion aesthetic for the South Korean youth and thus have traveled around 6,386 miles from Tucson, AZ, to South Korea. Surveying the “youth” (which is really just anyone from a teenager to college student) in the fashion districts of Seoul- Dongdaemun, Itaewon, Hongdae, etc.- I hope to answer the question of whether this aesthetic exists according to the people who belong to it, and if so, why it exists, and how is it maintained. I also plan on attempting to contact people affiliated to this aesthetic, particularly popular South Korean fashion instagrammers, and will do my best to get in contact with other various individuals who are connected to fashion, in general.

Wish me luck, y’all. I think I’ll be needing it.

Thanks for reading!