ROAR Story Slam 2017 at CKA Summit: Photos & Videos

Category: ROAR Story Slam

See photos and video from this year’s ROAR Story Slam competition at Council of Korean Americans Summit 2017.


How do I say “I love you”? by David Choi

Watch 1st place winner of the narrative category David Choi deliver a moving presentation about coming out to his parents for the first time, and why the words “I love you” are so difficult, yet expressed in a multitude of other ways between Korean parents and their children.

Being Blasian by Anthony Luckett

Anthony Luckett was the 1st place winner of the Poetry Spoken Word category at this year’s ROAR Story Slam. He starts out by humming the Arirang, and talks about the complexities of dual identity, being blasian, and why choosing a side is not an option.

Me & Soon-yi by Kyung B. Yoon

Kyung B. Yoon, 2nd place winner of the narrative category for ROAR Story Slam 2017 at Council of Korean Americans (CKA)’s annual gala, talks about a time during the earlier years of her journalism career when she was mistaken for Soon-Yi as news of the affair with Woody Allen hit the tabloids in 1992. But being mistaken for somebody else just because she was Asian wasn’t the most hurtful part of the experience.

Mother Tongue by Gina Kim

In her poetry piece titled “Mother Tongue” for ROAR Story Slam 2017, Gina Kim emotes the angst, yet marvel of being able to speak both the Korean and English language. Together–not apart–they make up her mother tongue.

Orientalism by Joey Sue-Kyung

In her poetry piece called “Orientalism” at ROAR Story Slam 2017, Joey Kim asks, “How do I get to where I really came from, if I’ve only ever been here?” It’s a question her 7-year-old self asks on a yellow school bus, alluding to the racism she encountered.

Half-Breed by Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton has never felt quite “whole” in his life. That’s because raised half-Irish and half-Korean, he has struggled to identify himself against what others have named him. Among them were half breed, mongrel, and chink just to name a few. Watch Hamilton as he takes us on a storytelling journey on why in the end none of that matters and he is still proud to be himself as a Korean American.