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’The Other Ones’ reconnect with their ancestry

by Martin and Rich Lee

Growing up Korean but not knowing how to speak Korean was a way to culturally assimilate in America. But it made visits back to Korea more difficult as many Korean nationals saw not speaking Korean as a betrayal of one’s heritage. As South Korea has become a global economy, pop culture mecca, and a vacation destination, attitudes toward overseas Koreans are changing. And this openness is having a profound effect on the identities and experiences of Korean Americans seeking to reconnect with their ancestral homeland

Martin and Rich Lee are second generation Korean American brothers. Martin is a retired elementary school teacher and the illustrator of the strip. Rich is a professor of psychology in Asian American studies at the University of Minnesota and writes the content.

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