Born in Paju, South Korea. Korean mother and African-American father.
Fluent in English and Korean.
Harsh Reality of School
Today I began my third year of college. Still pushing through. I realized I’ve been trying to rush my GEs too much in previous semesters, so I decided to take it easy on classes this year. I was too focused on catching up with my friends starting their third year in university while i have yet to transfer. I got kinda worried that I was falling behind and started stressing myself out while my parents kept pressing me to transfer on time by taking classes from 7am till 10pm…but it was just too much on my plate. To be honest, this had been bothering me since day 1 at community college. I felt like in my high school, community college was advertised for “students that didn’t do well in school” or “students that weren’t good enough for university” and I didn’t really like that at all. Considering many of my high school friends were extremely bright, smart, valedictorian graduates, and/or scholarship winning individuals, I was afraid my friends/peers would judge me of my educational choices…considering I had been showing off my acceptance to a prestigious art college that I later found out I could not afford, I felt like someone pulled my leg all the way down from my tower and had to start all over again. Its been three and a half years or so since I received my acceptance to ArtCenter…..and three and a half years or so since I withdrew my acceptance…and to be quite frank, I’m still upset about it. To be sat down by your parents and to say that you can’t go to the school you dreamt of going…after spending countless hours of blood sweat and tears over a portfolio that would determine your future, it really hurts. It still hurts. It screamed “you’re not good enough” everywhere in my mind…and its taking years to get over. Watching my friends and new high school graduates from the sidelines experience living away from home, dorm/off campus apartment life, college life, studying abroad, making new friends in their own school communities, internship opportunities….I was jealous, I was upset I didn’t get to experience any of that. Finding optimism in transferring to a different school, university, or to ArtCenter for a second time is so hard when I feel like I’m still not good enough. Its my third year at PCC…and now I’m enjoying every class I take. I’ve met incredible professors, incredible students, and incredible opportunities to better my portfolio. I’m saving so much money thanks to financial aid to where I’m practically going to school for free. This couldn’t have been a more fortunate misfortune.
When people ask me when I would be transferring…I can’t really tell them a straight answer cause I honestly don’t know how long I would be at PCC for cause theres just so many classes that I want to take.
I guess I don’t mind too much about being in school a little longer than others.
I did a demo and showed a certain pipeline in Adobe Flash and After Effects to a few folks. The tie downs for this one is really bad since I had to rush it. No model sheet was used, I basically just improvised for this one - so you’ll notice the character changing all the time. I decided to go with a “cowboy during a duel” excercise for this one.
1. Rough Pass - Rough poses with select breakdowns
2. Tie down - Tied down drawings with inbetween
3. Color - Color and after effects
Every Tuesday night at 9pm EST there is an excellent twitter chat called #HipHopEd . Last night’s topic was, ‘What Is Hip Hop’s Role In The School To Prison Pipeline?’ I used this time to breakdown the connection between hip hop and private prisons, which fuel the School To Prison Pipeline.
While hip hop is not solely and directly responsible for the School To Prison Pipeline, it definitely plays a role as those who control what we listen to and see invest in private prisons.
CCA is the Corrections Corporation of America, they are the oldest & largest private prison company in the United States. Not only have they capitalized on the failed war on drugs by housing drug offenders, they also found a way to bring in new revenue by incarcerating undocumented immigrants.
GEO is the second largest private prison company in the U.S. and has facilities in the UK, Australia and south Africa.
When we dig into the financials, investments & shareholders of media conglomerates and private prisons, we begin to see some familiar names. Vanguard is one name that comes up frequently as their hands dip in both media interests AND private prisons. Not only is Vanguard the largest shareholder in CCA, they are also the largest shareholder in GEO. When you hold as much stock as Vanguard, it is easy to assume, and rightfully so, that there is enough power to decide what we see and hear on the radio and tv.
*I know you all are sticklers for wording, so let me say that filling the radio stations with music that glamorizes criminal lifestyles and drug use is only ONE of MANY ways to help fill prisons when crime rates are down & companies like CCA are requiring 90% occupancy*
As always, please don’t take anything that I blog on here for fact. These are my truths as I have researched for myself, now I urge you to do the same. I have posted some links to help get you started. Let’s continue to learn and educate ourselves and others so we can work collectively to dismantle the the prison industrial complex!
Time Warner Cable Holdings: http://bit.ly/1qXjzJu
CCA Holdings: http://bit.ly/1mnlhMA
GEO Holdings: http://bit.ly/1oE9JJd
Letter sent by CCA soliciting states to keep prisons 90% full: http://huff.to/1qXiv8p
GEO website: http://www.geogroup.com/
CCA website (take a look at their board of directors, you’ll find a familiar name on there): http://www.correctionscorp.com/