“For me, being Korean American is a process of building your identity and constructing who you are. It’s also an opportunity. It’s difficult for a lot of people to build a sense of self because they’re stuck int his netherworld between two communities. But at the same time, if you’re able to bridge that chasm, find a solid sense of self that takes advantage of both cultures, acquire a perspective that allows you to integrate into both cultures while still being able to step outside of them, it makes you a fuller human being.” - Yul Kwon, May 21,2008
This not only applies to cultural tensions but all types of relationships. What always bothered me is when people say “that’s just the way it is” when truly, it never is. Relationships are not always constant. I feel that it is through genuine listening, empathy, and being open to persuasion that preserve and strengthens these bonds, not how much we posture or agree. And it’s up to us to bridge the communities together to reach a mutual understanding and develop a more whole picture.
From CYJO at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery at Washington D.C.
Props to Pip for taking this picture. I appreciate it very much, bro.