After an 18-year career at the Washington Post, newly-married journalist Frank Ahrens moved to South Korea his with his wife Rebekah.
She was stationed there with the foreign service, and he found a job as a PR executive with car giant Hyundai. Never imagining he would live outside the US, working for one of Korea’s massive chaebol -- the conglomerates that helped fuel the country’s economic boom -- was equal parts confusing and gratifying for Ahrens.
In his new memoir “Seoul Man,” he outlines three simultaneous “midlife crises:” Hyundai’s, Korea’s, and his own. As the country moved away from an economy driven by a few conglomerates and Hyundai tried to remake its image, Ahrens experienced family life for the first time at 46.
On AirTalk, Larry Mantle interviews Ahrens about his time at Hyundai, getting the journalist’s take on the changes in the company and the country during his time in South Korea.