Maria Yoon

Name

Maria Yoon

Age

39

Location

New York, NY

Occupation

Performance and Video Artist

Own Words

I AM MARIA THE KOREAN BRIDE:

I am Korean born. I am not comfortable being labeled as a korean, nor am I comfortable being labeled as a Korean American. My features are so Korean that I really should send my photos to Wikipedia so the uneducated can see what a real Korean looks like.

My heart is confused. Am I Korean? Am I American? Am I Korean-American? What do these terms really mean? I want to embrace my culture and roots and at the same time I am not sure I have the discipline to do so. I am not sure this is me. My parents still cling to the old values.  I know these values are important. I am not sure these values are me. I am conflicted. Things seem so simple to them. Black is black and white is white. It should be so simple. Why do I always see gray? Maybe I should have been a doctor. Maybe I should have been a lawyer. Maybe I would have been happier. Why does good art always require sacrifice? Perhaps the harder life gets the better my successes feel. Isn’t this Korean. I persevere. I am always attacked by those who do not understand me. I stand my ground. My work is me. I refuse to compromise. Maybe I am more Korean than I think.

My work is a statement. I am “Maria the Korean Bride.” I have courage. I am a Korean-American. I am an artist. I have something of value to say. Will you listen? www.mariathekoreanbride.com

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