Who said old dogs can't learn new tricks? This Korean grandpa learned how to use social media to reach out to his grandkids overseas.
In today’s borderless world, more and more families end up spread out across the globe. But just because your family is separated by geography doesn’t mean that your connection is lost. One Korean family has found a unique way of keeping in touch—Brazil-based grandfather Chan Jae uses Instagram to tell stories to his three grandsons, two in South Korea and one in New York, Huffington Post reports.
New York-based artist Jin Lee shared the story of his father (who he calls a "grumpy old man") in a touching video on Facebook. His father, 75-year-old Chan Jae, used to drive two of his grandsons to school every day in Brazil. But when their parents decided to move back to South Korea, Chan Jae was left lonely and bored.
Picking up the paintbrush
"My father was retired and spending time with my nephews, like driving them to school, was a huge part of his day. After they left, he had nothing to do and that scared my mother and me," said Jin Lee told BBC News. "We were very worried that he would age quickly without having anything to do and would become depressed.”
After remembering that his father used to draw for them when they were children, Jin Lee suggested to his father that he pick up drawing again and post his art on Instagram. Chan Jae initially didn’t like the idea—he had never heard of Instagram. He had never even sent an email or conducted a Google search!
Arthur, you can't play Pokemon Go because you don't have a smart phone yet, right? We heard Pokemon Go is a huge global phenomenon and because a few young people told us about it we understand a bit about it but we barely get it. We thought Pokemon was a cartoon character, so this is all new for us. Do you want to travel to Sok-Cho, the only city in Korea where the game is on? #drawing # pencil #watercolor #pokemongo #globalphenomenon Arthur, sem celular não se pode jogar o Pokemon Go, não é? Parece que esse jogo virou febre no mundo todo. Alguns jovens me explicaram sobre o que se trata ainda assim para a minha geração que só achava que o Pokemon era um desenho, tudo isso soa como um novo mundo. Você também queria ir para Seok-Cho para poder jogar aí na Coreia? 알뚤, 스마트폰 없이 포케몬 고를 할 수 없지? 요즘 전세계적으로 난리가 난 모양이다. 젊은이들에게 물어보아 조금 정말 조금 이해하게 되었지만 포켓몬을 만화로만 알고 있던 우리에겐 새로운 세계의 일이구나.너희도 속초로 가고 싶었니? 게임하러?
Find out how Chan Jae learned how to use social media and how he enjoys drawing for his grandkids on the next page.