I am an artist, activist, bridge builder, and the founder of the Be Seen Project, - an arts initiative resourcing and centering BIPOC creatives working to amplify marginalized voices and truths. I believe in using our unique superpowers for collective good and aim to bring more liberation and love to the world.
A Korean American adoptee, queer intersectional feminist and modern day bohemian, I am also a life-long devotee to the underdog.
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 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 belong to myself. I have learned this to be the most important truth of all –- I must never be willing to abandon any part of myself for another person's benefit or comfort.
I will continue to use my lived experiences and creative voice to challenge dominant narratives and fight for human rights and systemic change.