I believe in elevating human connection above profit. I also believe art is intended to provoke and challenge us–to compel us to consider alternative narratives and perspectives.
Along with the goals of fostering human connection and prompting deeper exploration and understanding of pain, suffering, and resilience, my art and my activism are inextricable from one another.
I combine poetry and writing with visual and performing art to magnify and empower marginalized and complex narratives. I want to make known the unknown, in particular the experiences and perspectives of individuals and groups that are silenced, neglected, or diminished. Through my writing and art, my goal is to connect us to one another by prompting us to examine our shared humanity.
My poetry and essays have been published in several anthologies, including Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology, Lost Daughters: Writing From a Place of Empowerment and Peace, Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age, and Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues.
I am also a contributor at the collective writing project, Lost Daughters, at which I have published more than 50 essays discussing the intersection of race, identity, and international adoption.
The following is a video piece composed by Jeanne Modderman of my reunion with my Korean mother in 2009. This background and context is noteworthy because it plays such a significant role in the work that I do: