Mincheol Kwon is a visiting reporter at KUT. He hails from CBS-Christian Broadcasting System, a South Korean radio station in Seoul. He is also studying audio journalism at the Journalism School of Texas State University at San Marcos.
Planning a summertime trip to Texas? It makes sense to worry about the heat. But you might also give some thought to exactly the opposite.
“I have to live with the cold!” said UT graduate student Taehyun Cho on a recent afternoon.
He’s talking about Texans’ tendency to crank up the AC to near-arctic levels.
"Exposed to the heat [outside] and then suddenly to the cold, my biological rhythm has broken,” said Cho. “Today I was in class shivering."
The extreme fluctuations between indoor and outdoor temperatures may seem normal to many locals, but it strikes people from other cultures not just as strange, but as unhealthy. In Korea, they even have a word for it. It roughly translates as “air conditioning-itis.”