The Heinous Olympification of Seoul – New Republic

Every time the Olympics rolls around, I think of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which was a milestone for immigrant Koreans like my parents, who could see Korea on TV even … Continue reading

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Can “Half a Good House” Become a Home? Looking closer at Alejandro Aravena’s social housing design

My latest for the New Republic examines the social housing approach of Pritzker prizewinner, Alejandro Aravena, in the context of both Chile and social housing around the world. While Aravena … Continue reading

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The Problem with Designing Trump’s Border Wall – up at New Republic

The Problem with Designing Trump’s Border Wall: An online competition spurred by his proposal has launched a fierce debate among architects and border communities. My latest for the New Republic … Continue reading

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Comic on ‘Comfort Women’ deal at Korea Exposé

When I visited South Korea for the winter holidays, little did I expect that during that time, South Korea and Japan would announce a resolution to the ‘comfort women’ deal … Continue reading

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“This only happened because people organized” – Graphic journalism piece on nail salon workers up at Fusion News

“‘This only happened because people organized’ – Nail salon workers speak out after NYTimes exposé” Happy to share this graphic journalism piece up at This is Fusion, which looks at … Continue reading

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Original Feature for Gothamist: Workers at Kum Gang San Allegedly Forced to “Volunteer” as Farm Laborers & Beg for Forgiveness

I wrote a feature article for Gothamist about a wage theft lawsuit and a history of labor violations at Kum Gang San restaurant in Manhattan and Flushing. UPDATE: Someone translated … Continue reading

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Family of Korean Farmer Critically Injured at Mass Protest Speaks Out (Huffington Post)

I interviewed Doraji Baek, the daughter of Baek Nam-ki, a 69-year old farmer who was documented being knocked to the ground by police water cannons at a November 14 rally … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Illustrations! For “Data (v.)” article on Medium

I did a quick illustration job for Jer Thorpe, software artist, writer and educator, for a Medium article he wrote on using data as a verb. The commission was for … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Published! in Open Engagement book – “The Questions We Ask Together”

In 2014, I participated in a blog project called 100 Questions, hosted by Open Engagement – an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. Well – that blog … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Article: Court dissolution of left-wing party in South Korea raises alarm

I wrote an article for Al Jazeera America about some unprecedented developments in South Korean politics that raise questions about the health of its democracy & freedom of speech and … Continue reading

January 15, 2015

Review of MOMA’s “Uneven Growth” exhibit on urban inequality

What is the role of architects and designers in the face of global urbanization and impending ecological crisis? How can speculative design make inequality and power relations visible – actionable … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

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