Hyojin Park was born and raised in South Korea. After working as an actor in Hyehwa, the theater district, she decided to move to New York to pursue a Masters in acting. She spent her first few years in America motivated by her belief in the American Dream but by her final year of grad school, she noticed that her appearance and accent sometimes meant she was treated differently from her peers and that simply working hard is not enough to overcome those barriers.
Having grown up in Korea as part of the ethnic majority, Ms. Park hadn’t been aware of the unconscious biases she had. Through her experiences in the United States, she learned of the hardships and subsequent strength it takes to succeed in a new country and transformed her perspective of what it means to be an immigrant, both in the United States and in Korea.
Hyojin starred in our short film, Homework: https://youtu.be/c-CB2pm-CDk