AK Connection is teaming up with some kickass Minnesota adoptees for two events. Seriously. How cool are MN adoptees?! Like, totally cool…and totally doing more than the adoption agencies in the state. Just saying because it’s the truth.
Lecture by Jae Ran Kim
“The Model Minority of the Model Minorities”
What: Korean Adoptees: “The Model Minority of the Model Minorities” Korean and other Asian adoptees are often considered by adoptive parents and adoption agencies as the “ideal” transracial/transnational adoptees – as “the other white meat.” Korean adoptees are considered to be easier to assimilate and less prone to identity problems. We are the “model minority of the model minority.” As a result, experiences of racism, discrimination, racial and ethnic isolation and identity confusion are often dismissed.
In this presentation, Jae Ran Kim will facilitate a discussion about race and identity, what our adoptive parents did or did not tell us about being Asian in America, the pressures and messages we receive from society and the media about being Asian adoptees, and how that might affect us as adult Korean or Asian Americans.
When: May 15, 2012 at 7:00pm
The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion
Special AK Connection talkback after June 9th Performance!
AK Connection encourages you to see The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion, an evening-length pairing of two one-woman shows by Sun Mee Chomet and Katie Hae Leo.
Chomet’s “How to Be a Korean Woman” recounts her reuniting with her birth family using text, music, and movement, exploring how this affected her sense of what it means to be a woman. Leo’s “N/A” uses narrative storytelling and speculative mythmaking to explore her body and personal health, reconciling her present with an unknown genetic past.
This event will mark the first time that these two pieces have been presented in full in Minnesota, as well as the first time that these two artists have presented this type of intimate and deeply personal work. “N/A” premiered as part of the Artist Exchange Program and festival at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, and excerpts of “How to Be a Korean Woman” debuted as part of Pillsbury House’s Late Nite Series.