ERIC Number: EJ720153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Art as a Political Act: Expression of Cultural Identity, Self-Identity, and Gender by Suk Nam Yun and Yong Soon Min
Caruso, Hwa Young Choi
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v39 n3 p71-87 Fall 2005
This cross-cultural study explored the lives of two contemporary Korean/Korean American women artists--Suk Nam Yun and Yong Soon Min--who live in Seoul, South Korea, and Los Angeles, California. The author's research focused on the artists' identity formation, artistic expression, professional achievements, and the role of art as a political act. The author examined the impact of social, historical, political, and cultural forces on artistic expression, artists' life experiences, the status of women in Korean society, and Korean immigrants as an ethnic minority in America. She explored how the art of Yun and Min expressed issues of cultural identity, self-identity, and gender as a political act, and how their art-making process contributed to their identity formation. As part of an interpretive biographical case study, data were collected from sources and personal interviews with Yun and Min, which were document, interpreted, and analyzed. The resulting comparative analysis indicated that both artists presented a multifaceted consciousness of being Korean women--a cultural, feminist view--and the status of a Korean American immigrant--an ethnic minority identity view. Therefore their art represents important social, cultural, political, and feminist activism, and contributed to their identity formation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Korean Americans, Korean Culture, Females, Cultural Differences, Identification (Psychology), Social Influences, Political Influences, Art Expression, Artists, Gender Issues
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Identifiers - Location: California; South Korea; South Korea (Seoul)