Reader profile: Choi settles down in Craig |

Reader profile: Choi settles down in Craig

Luke Graham

When Rin Choi moved to the United States from Korea as a 14-year-old, he knew absolutely no English.

“It was tough because I was young living without my parents,” he said. “Sitting in school for six or seven hours not understanding stuff was tough.”

Choi got sick of not knowing anyone so he taught himself the language in 2 1/2 years.

“I just left the television on all the time,” he said. “Cartoons were easier to understand than the news, and I listened to American music.”

In his free time, he likes to play with his three children — Jamie, Brandon and Elliana. Choi also has been practicing Taekwando since “I could walk.”

Now 27 years old, Choi has lived in Craig for more than two years. He moved here because he wanted the opportunity to own his own motel.

Choi’s mother-in-law, Jade, had owned a motel in Denver and San Diego, and when the prospect came to buy the Traveler Inn in Craig, he jumped at the chance.

“So far, so good,” he said. “Everybody is so nice.”

Choi moved to Craig from California, where he went to school at East Los Angeles Community College. He said Craig is “different,” but “much better than Los Angeles.”

Some of Choi’s family still lives in Korea, but he said he enjoys the quietness and friendliness of Craig.

“I did miss Korea a lot, but now, I have my family, and I’m settling down,” he said. “So I don’t miss it as much. Korea is like Los Angeles in the day and Vegas in the night. Maybe crazier.”

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