Anthony Yooshin Kim

Name

Anthony Yooshin Kim

Age

27

Location

The Bay Area is my Homeland

Occupation

Starving Grad Student & Wannabe KPop Star

Own Words

In March 2008, my Halmoni passed away in her Sunnyvale apartment while I was driving home in the middle of a blizzard in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After her funeral, I returned from the Bay Area to the frozen moors of the Midwest and dreamt of her for four nights in a row, culminating with a curious encounter with a mudang in the halls of my childhood home in San Leandro. With my body heavy with mourning, yet suspended in air, the mudang pulled me down from my grief-filled defiance of gravity towards the ground and carefully read the lines in the palms of my hands, the soles of my feet, asking me nothing else but my family name, my Halmoni’s name – Kim-shi, Yoo Bock Hee. And with a smile pursed with the cadence of spirits and secrets that I would never know, she assured me that my Halmoni knew peace, and that all the earthen han she had smuggled across the Pacific – like the armloads of silk flowers made of USD that she and my family used to start their lives with in America –  was finally released. I woke up smiling and crying all at once.

I choose to think my work begins and ends and begins again with my Halmoni. My work is a love letter to her.

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