I am Korean too!
Really, it’s not a big secret, but I do get, “Oh, I didn’t know you were Korean too!”, and the occasional Chinese who speak to me in Mandarin and often mistaken for Japanese.
So, gets me to thinking what makes me who I am in the mind of others. And, how does it affect who I am?
Don’t know. Still trying to figure it out.
Next month, I travel to Yixing, Jiangsu Province, China, once again to participate in 5th ‘HONGGUANG ZIQI’ Ceramic Art Exchange Festival. This will be my second participation. One of the events calls for the artists to dress in our “traditional costume” to represent our home culture.
I was born in Seoul, Korea. When I was nine years old, we moved to Chicago, IL., and made our permanent residence. I am 41 years American by citizenship, and 52 years Korean by ethnicity.
So, what should my “traditional costume” be? Any suggestions?
At the same time, my pottery journey also reflects this enigma of influences both American and Chinese/Japanese/Korean.
That’s all for now. If you have thoughts on my costume, I would love the help.