Relationship: Im/migrant

I chose Kimbap as my item because it represents my Korean background and culture. I was adopted from South Korea and moved to the United States when I was 6 months old. I was raised in a very western atmosphere. I didn't see myself as particularly Asian when I was younger, and tended to wear makeup and dress in western trends. I went to numerous Korean camps and I’ve tried to learn the language, but it never seemed to connect me to my roots. I always felt closer to my country when I eat or cook Korean food. To me, Kimbap really represents Korea well with all the main staple ingredients as well as the Japanese influence. It is a very easy dish to make and it has ingredients similar to bibimbap, another popular Korean dish. Food is a universal way of connecting to others. 

Place(s): South Korea
Year: 2002

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