To My People

Category: Original Video


Born in New Jersey, Deborah Kim grew up in Staten Island but frequently visited Korea since she was a child—forming a multicultural identity that made her feel like an outsider in both societies. At a young age, she began experimenting with spoken word poetry after discovering Def Poetry Jam on YouTube. Now currently training to become a professional dancer, Deborah will be moving to Korea in 2016 to teach English while studying ballet and breaking but hopes to continue using spoken word and dance as a way to tell stories that reflect on relationships, social boundaries, and identity.

“This is dedicated to anyone who’s ever felt culturally displaced and not enough of one or another. My cultural identity is not a broken one, it just happens to be strangely blessed and enriched by multiple histories.”
-Deborah Kim

The video was filmed by Daniel Kim (@dannyseoul) in Sinchon, Seoul.