It all started with chimaek. Lisa Puckett was born in Hawaii to a mother from the countryside of South Korea, and a father from the countryside of North Carolina. The two met after a late night of chicken and beer while her father was stationed in Osan. The couple eventually married, raising a military family and causing the Pucketts to move often, leaving Lisa with little ties to friends or roots in any distinct culture.
It wasn’t until she began attending her mom’s Korean church when Lisa began to clearly see the differences she experienced as being biracial, compared to her peers at church. Those differences left her with a lot of doubt about whether or not she was Korean enough, even when she could feel that connection to her roots deep inside. The search for identity brought Lisa to Korea, where she continues to explore her value not only as someone who is multiethnic, but now as a Korean American living in Korea.