I present to you a spoken poem that is both a personal project of mine and a poetic front to the website with the same name, I AM KOREAN AMERICAN. From self-hatred to fierce love, I AM KOREAN AMERICAN is how I came to accept my Korean American identity. With this poem, I reveal myself to you all here at 8Asians as you get to see who I truly am. But this poem would not have been possible if it weren’t for the people in my life that believed in me so a huge thank you is in order.

I am thankful for Steve Nguyen (Channel APA head and fellow 8Asians contributor) who contributed his amazing talent to shoot and edit this personal project of mine. I am thankful for Tommy Su and his amazing TSJ Studios for allowing us to shoot in the space and also contributing his time to help with the lighting. I am thankful for the IAKA folks for accepting this poem into their website and taking a chance with me with this raw and personal poem. But most of all, I am thankful and incredibly blessed to have the people in my life who have in many ways helped me in more ways than I can count. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here in Los Angeles, pursuing my dreams and making the most out of it. If it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be alive. Life can take you in many ugly places and so it is a blessing to have the people that love you take you out of it.

So with that being said, I present to you all:


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About Edward

Edward Hong is an actor and spoken poet. Passion to make a change in this world through the performing arts and activism defines his ongoing life and it is the struggle against all things unjust that gives him this passion to be one heck of a talkative, stubborn man. It, however, does not mean he strives to be a champion or role model of any community but to be the man who will be honest and say the things nobody will have the balls to say. He is the jester who is outspoken in what he believes in most passionately and therefore cannot be pinpointed that he will do what you expect him to do.
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