G L A S G O W
During my 3rd year of art school, I got the opportunity to live in Scotland for an exchange term. Here, I felt the most amount of Othering. Maybe it was because I was used to seeing other Asians in the streets, and an abundance of delicious Asian restaurants, whereas in Glasgow this resource was sparse.
view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself.
Living in Glasgow was another instance where I felt isolated from my own cultural identity, which gave me time to reflect on the memories from my eye-opening trip to South Korea with my parents. I had a lot of time to reflect back to my Korea trip, and created Hiding (숨다), a 16-page risograph zine about it.
To read the zine, click here.
Drawing is a powerful process of unraveling past events and looking at it in a new perspective and state of mind.
What is interesting is that during my trip to Korea, I had a surplus of Koreans within my vicinity. In contrast to Glasgow, I had barely anything familiar for me to lean on. These situations both describe a different type of alienation and isolation that allowed me to draw closure to my Korean-Canadian identity.
Why is it that we realize value of something in the presence of its absence?
I drew a lot in Glasgow
because, like my trip to Korea
it was my coping mechanism to unfamiliar territory and homesickness.
I found solace in observing people from a distance, examining their mannerisms and trying not to get caught.