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LIVING IN

G L A S G O W
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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.


oth·er:

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.