As someone who deeply believes in social change through political and cultural activism, I’ve tried to leave each community that I’ve had the honor of inhabiting a bit better than how I found it. In New York City, I helped co-found Sulu Series, a pan-Asian American monthly venue, which lives on as Sulu DC. I also worked for EarSay, a nonprofit arts organization based in Queens that highlights the stories of immigrants and new refugees, most notably in their award-winning museum exhibition and book, Crossing the BLVD. I currently serve on the Advisory Board of EarSay. In the Bay Area, I served as a CAAMbassdor for the Center for Asian American Media, co-hosted RAMA’s monthly Go!Ohana variety show, and participated in the Asian Prisoners Support Committee, whom I represented at the 2011 Mr. Hyphen Contest. I also curated a monthly Korean/Asian film series at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland, called “Oppa Oakland Style”
I’ve been long involved with Korean/Korean American activist communities, from serving as the international coordinator of BASE21.org (the first online English-language progressive news network in Korea) to organizing a cultural performance night for a gathering of Korean American/Canadian activists in Berkeley. I participated in both KEEP (Korean Education and Exposure Program) and DEEP (DPRK Education and Exposure Program), and served as the study coordinator for the Bay Area DEEP 2011 delegation. My August 2013 op-ed piece for the Korea Policy Institute explores the meanings and possibilities of Dennis Rodman’s proposed return trip to North Korea.
I’ve been interviewed, featured, and quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Korea Daily News, Hyphen Magazine, Asian Outlook of SUNY Binghamton, National Public Radio, The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, Pacifica Radio, The Joey Reynolds Show, Thick Dumpling Skin, Crunchyroll.com, and others.
I also appeared in the music video for “I Got My,” featuring Magnetic North, Taiyo Na, and MC Jin. But my crowning achievement was fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a model–for Retrofit Republic/Thick Dumpling Skin’s “Real Bodies Manifesto” Lookbook. I’m working on a model pose, which I call “Yellow Steel.”