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Han is a visual exploration of what ‘han’ is to me, a second-generation Korean-American. Han is a strictly Korean concept. It is an unclear symbol of regret, pain, sorrow, empathy, and resilience. On paper, han is a result of Korea’s tragic past and its culture of fearing vulnerability. However, I feel that han’s roots run deeper than that: it is something ingrained in all Koreans from birth, something that cannot be explained on paper alone. To explore this concept, I interviewed both Koreans and Korean-Americans of all ages, asking what han is to them in an attempt to find a meaning for myself.

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