Legacy Project: Jay Yoo

Category: Legacy Project, Original Video, Video


Jay Yoo came to Chicago, Illinois in 1977, leaving behind his grandparents and friends in Seoul, Korea. With both of his immigrant parents absent from home, working early morning and late-night shifts, Jay recounts his childhood as mostly growing up alone in the unfamiliar environment while taking on the responsibility of caring for both himself and his younger brother.

Despite the difficulties of his relationship with his parents, Jay shares a hopeful experience he had with his mother much later in life when she finally acknowledged his pain and the healing process began.