GOING TOWARDS HEARTBREAK
HAN PROJECT 2017
the embers of pain, a persisting sorrow caused by injustice;
the story of how We came to be.
breaking, bursts of laughter;
Choi Mi-Sook, 55, before the end of her 3 year battle with cancer.
"HAN forms when the casket closes, because only then do all the ways in which you failed to love come to mind. There is no resolution for this pain, and so it sits forever, deep inside your heart."
an invisible string that connects Us all, manifested in an unspoken sense of responsibility for another's well being.
I often wondered why in Korea, the tops of otherwise barren trees always bent with persimmon.
"까치 밥? We leave them be. They belong to the magpies," she said without pause.
We are all connected through the shared pain of being human. It is up to us, and no one else, to tend to each other's well-being. This is what it means to be Korean.
a joy that effortlessly bubbles out of your body.