I am an artist, organizer, and the founder of the Be Seen Project - a grassroots initiative amplifying BIPOC artists and makers who are using their work to center marginalized voices to fight for social justice and cultural change. I believe in using our unique superpowers for collective good, and aim to disrupt toxic belonging culture while building pathways for more radical love and connection in the world.
A Korean American adoptee, queer intersectional feminist and modern day bohemian, I am also a life-long devotee to the underdog.
You can read more about my creative journey and personal backstory HERE.
Cultural Bio: A Reclamation
Cultural Bio: A Reclamation
Along with nearly 200,000 other children, I was part of the first wave of adoptions from post-war Korea to the US at the age of 10 months old. I grew up in an all white family and community in the northeast, and though I was well cared for and loved, I was unaware and deeply struggling with the trauma of my adoption and erased identities for much of my life.
In my mid 30's, creativity became the catalyst and conduit through which I would finally begin to explore and express who I was and who I was seeking to become. Sharing my art and writing became a practice for being brave with my voice. I learned hard lessons about belonging and how to embody my truth, slowly owning parts of myself bit by bit. Eventually I gained the skill and awareness to begin challenging oppressive systems and start to reclaim my multi-faceted, transnational and transracial identity. In 2020, I took the big step to begin my birth family search and later that year changed my name to reflect my Korean heritage by claiming the surname I was given prior to my adoption. I still do not know my given birth name.
Divesting myself from internalized whiteness (the constructs of oppression, not the color of people’s skin) will continue to be a lifelong journey. My Asian American identity will always confront my place in the dominant narrative, even my belonging within my own white and interracial family. It also deeply challenges how I might continue to fully and bravely belong to myself and others.
I will continue to use my lived experiences and creative voice to challenge normative culture and oppressive systems, and fight for human rights and structural change.
* Cultural bio informed by the work of Desiree Adaway
- Radical Business Summit hosted by Dawn Serra
- Disrupting Craftivism hosted by the Liberty Museum
- Drawing In Our Futures, chat with Midori about Asian queerness, art and activism
- Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Craft Institution Consortium
- Uppercase Magazine Issue #50 feature of the Be Seen Project
- Disrupting Craftivism: Craftivism & Capitalism Panel Discussion hosted my the Modern Quilt Guild (June 10, 2021)
- Celebrating AAPI Women with Badass Cross Stitch at the Museum of Design Atlanta
- AAPI Heritage Month, Art & Activism Panel for L'Oreal USA
- "The Future Loves You Already" community poetry project by Jena Schwartz
- Disrupting Craftivism Panel Discussion hosted by Fuller Craft Museum
- Featured as part of the Boston Globe's, "A Beautiful Resistance" webseries, uplifting local BIPOC
- The Brave Yes Show: Ep. 16 - Reclaiming a Lost Cultural Identity
- Creative Dream Incubator with Andrea Schroeder: Dreams Art & Activism
- Korean Quarterly Newspaper, Fall 2020, Winter 2021 features
- Barnard Zine Library, Be Seen Project Zine
- Craft Industry Alliance, Quarenzines: Pandemic Inspires Analog Zine Projects
- Fuller Craft Museum, Craft Chat, the Be Seen Project