Schedule Change

The workshop schedule has been pushed back by 30 minutes, meaning Session 1 will begin at 3:00, Session 2 will begin at 4:20, and the Panel Discussion will begin at 5:30. Thank you!

Also, please note that directions are from Yeungdeungpo Office Station Lines 2 & 5, and the event is at the Haja Creative Hub (not the Hi Seoul Youth Hostel)


Cafe Menu

SOONHAN순한, the group running the cafe this weekend, has prepared a great menu of snacks and sandwiches! We’d like to thank them for donating 30% of their proceeds to ASK, and ask that you bring cash if you are interested in purchasing any snacks.

Americano ( HOT: 2000/ICED: 3000)
Citron Smoothie: 3000
Iced Citron Tea: 3000
Camomile Tea (HOT/ICED): 2000
Black Tea (HOT/ICED): 2000

Ham & Cheese: 3000
Potato (Vegetarian): 3000

Choco Almond: 1000

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Final Announcements & Schedule

Double check directions:
There was a typo on the FB event page directions, but directions are correct on our blog. We will post signs, and smartphone users: don’t forget you can click on the Google Maps link to find the exact location of the Haja Creative Hub.

Special requests for individual workshops:
B-Boy/B-Girl Dancing for Beginners – Please bring indoor shoes (for the dance studio), water, a small towel, and comfortable clothing
Live in the Moment: Theater Games and Exercises – Please bring indoor shoes (for the dance studio), and comfortable clothing (think sweats and tennis shoes)
Giving Back in Korea – Please check the blog post: the content has been updated

Please bring cash:
Please bring cash for the entrance fees, donations, raffle tickets, and food at the cafe. There is also an ATM at the Haja Center.

Final Schedule:
This will be presented in a handout during the event! – Thank you for your patience on this! (click on the pictures for a higher resolution). Here is a simplified schedule for smartphone users.

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Making Model Migrants: Transnational Adoption and Migration in a Danish Context

Lene Myong is Assistant Professor at Department of Education, Aarhus University Copenhagen. She is affiliated with a collective research project called KinTra (2011-14), which is funded by the Danish Research Council. Lene received her PhD in 2009. She is a qualitative researcher and has primarily worked on questions relating to adoption, race and gender within a Danish context. She also has an interest in cultural and aesthetic productions of adoption. Lene is a Korean adoptee and currently living in Seoul.

“Since the 1990s, Danish governments have imposed some of the strictest immigration laws in Europe. Yet at the same time, the practice of transnational adoption continues to receive unwavering support by all political parties currently represented in Danish Parliament. This talk will address how (partial) inclusion of the transnational adoptee migrant into the Danish welfare state must be seen in connection with the exclusion of non-adoptee migrant populations, but also how the promise of inclusion for the adoptee migrant is marked by experiences of assimilation.”

The purpose of the workshop is to give an introduction to transnational adoption in a Danish context and open up for a broader dialogue on adoption, migration and solidarity.

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Stop Being Greedy With Your Story

Matt Blesse is a spoken word poet, organizer, and educator who grew up in Truckee, CA. A member of two national poetry slam teams, Matt was the Grand Slam Champion of the city of San Francisco in 2008 and placed 3rd in 2009 at the National Poetry Slam. He has toured and taught across the United States for universities, festivals, non-profit trainings, artist collectives, juvenile justice centers, and poetry venues. However, he is currently exploring his homeland, Jeonju, South Korea, where he is a high school English teacher and a learner and a grower. He believes that art and education are at their most basic levels conversations, and in the larger sense movements. As such, he seeks to keep his craft relevant to and reflective of his experiences with oppression and transformation.

“We are a people of movements. We—the displaced, the searching, the lost, the growing, the silent, the struggling, the pissed-off, the broken, the hopeful, the healed—are constantly moving to and from homelands, away and towards our transformation, back and forth between the parts of us that long for a place where we can be whole. These movements are our truths. Our truths are our stories. In this workshop, we will utilize the art form of spoken word poetry to recall and share the stories that make up our lives with the understanding that a voice can serve as a map for others to find their way back to themselves. ”

The objective of this writing workshop series is to provide a safe space in which members of the Korean Adoptee community and their allies can explore and develop an artistic voice that is conscious of the privileges and struggles from which we speak.

When a story is shared, it is not just the speaker of that story that transforms. Our stories cannot happen without the world around us, and as such, a story’s truth does not belong to any one person. When a story is shared, it can reverberate throughout the social fabric of all of those who hold that single truth within their lives. To share oneself is to change others and community.

Matt helps organize for The ReWrite, a poetry APIA-based group in the Bay Area, and has been recorded performing at the Seattle Poetry Slam

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Giving Back in Korea

Shannon Heit has been living in Seoul, South Korea for almost six years. She is currently finishing her M.A. in Anthropology at Hanyang University. While in Korea, she has had many diverse opportunities – such as studying Korean, working as an English teacher, an English editor, an Eng/Kor translator and interpreter, and a reporter for both newspaper and radio. Among all of these experiences, the most valuable have been (by far) her volunteer experiences at the Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association (KUMFA) and the House of Sharing International Outreach Team – reformed and now called the Women’s Global Solidarity Action Network (WGSAN).

WGSAN has been working in conjunction with various Korean organizations on the issue of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific war and the way the “Comfort Women” issue connects to modern issues such as current forms of sexual slavery, human trafficking, and women’s oppression on a global scale. This workshop will outline the history behind the “Comfort Women” issue, as well as discuss the ways that organizations in Korea are working together to solve this issue, as well as similar contemporary issues. The purpose of this workshop is to show adoptees the steps to get involved with Korean organizations, as well as some of the experiences that adoptees can expect when volunteering in Korea.

“During the workshop I will also describe some of my experiences as an adoptee working alongside the surviving Halmonis, other activists, and Korean organizations.”

“I hope to show ways that adoptees can connect in meaningful ways with Korean society.”

Shannon is currently volunteering for the Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association and Women’s Global Solidarity Action Network

Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Design Sketching: Rapid Visual Communication for Better Ideas

Jonathan Zobro is a designer with project lead experience in industrial and interaction design for medical product development. His current focus is on physical and software user interfaces that are task-focused and based upon research and testing to ensure an optimal user experience. Jonathan created innovative medical devices and high level concepts at DEKA Research & Development,  including a  robotic prosthetic arm for upper-extremity amputees, water-purification and power-generation systems for developing countries. This design and drawing workshop has been presented at the Sanyo Corporation, Nanjing and Ningbo Universities in China.  Jonathan currently studies the Korean language in Seoul, South Korea.

This workshop will review the application and best practice of quick, effective and useful sketch communication. It will also review the methodology of creating quick sketches for communicating ideas.

“I hope participants will better understand the use and value of quick visual communication, and practice fundamental exercises to become a better visual communicator.”

Jonathan is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America and the Computer Human Interactions Group. He maintains close ties with previous U.S. employer  DEKA Research and Development and China-based contacts at “de.perspective.” He can be found on LinkedIn.