The Eye Experiment

  My concentration focuses on the symbol of an ‘odd eye’ that captures both traditional and postmodern cultural phenomena. I created this symbol to demonstrate that traditional cultures are not just the thing of the past, but can harmoniously come together with postmodern ideas. By incorporating the traditional Korean designs and contemporary designs, I used various media and techniques to portray how the two distinctively different styles can create a unique harmony. I thought about the way that Brancusi simplifiedRead more

A Synonym for “Less American”

Let me tell you a few things. I’m 40% Korean, 40% Japanese, and 20% American. This does not mean I’m a descendent of Jeremy Lin nor I speak Mandarin. My mom has a last name Kim and first name Miyuki. This does not mean she is a chinc or a tiger mom. My grandmother is Japanese American, and she has a strong accent. This does not mean she is not American enough nor she should feel the shame of beingRead more

My Minhwa artworks on the Daemon

At the end of the school year, I was lucky enough to have my artworks published on the Daemon, the annual literary magazine of Episcopal High School. These are the two pieces of Korean traditional art I worked on last year. It was such a pleasure to introduce Asian art to the school community and have my works displayed besides poems and proses written by my classmates. Next year, as an AP studio art student and the vice president of the Student AssociationRead more

Lesson from Will: How to be open-minded?

It was a balmy spring day when I got back to my hometown for vacation and met Will, an Indian businessman touring Korea for the third time. As a teenage English tour guide, I enthusiastically introduced Gyeong-bok Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, to the curious businessman. My unforgettable moment started when he complimented on how detailed and coherent my presentation. Soon, I asked him “I’m very impressed it is your third time visiting Korea.Read more

10 Million Against Me

I still remember the eyes of the belligerent, old lady piercing through me with disgust. “Go back to your country, you Japanese bitch.” She called me a bitch in front of strangers passing by in the street. Listening to the tsunami of such vulgar words, I stood frozen in time, seared with an embarrassment that I had never felt in my life. I wanted to scream back at her. Tell her I was doing the right thing for my ownRead more

Sendai, the city of harmony and nature

Probably the best part of speaking four languages at an advanced to native level is that I am able to be involved in a variety of activities that connect one culture to another. One of such opportunities was to translate a Japanese website into Korean and introduce Japanese cultural heritages and history to Korean web-users. Since a few months ago, I’ve been proofreading Korean translations of Sendai Tourism Website. Sendai is an economic and cultural center of Japan. Located in the Tohoku (northeastern) region,Read more