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From the PublisherThe presence of the Kyopo Project is quite timely in that it reinforces how America is continually growing and changing colors with a varying array of immigration groups that have called America their home. It also explores the meaning of being American and reminds us of the diversity which lies within.
—Jean-Jacques Naudet, Co-Creator of La Lettre de la Photographie, Editor-At-Large of American Photo magazine
"The Kyopo Project is something that is critical in terms of expressing a sense of identity, a shared experience
I think there's something about connecting with other people and knowing that you're going through a similar set of challenges and struggles together
. we have another dimension to us that contributes to the overall fabric of the American experience."
—Yul Kwon, TV show host for PBS' America Revealed, Former Deputy Chief, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs, Winner of CBS Survivor: Cook Islands, Discovery Channel Host and Former CNN Special Correspondent
"There is increasing attention paid to globalization in general and to the dispersal of enormous numbers of peoples away from their traditional homelands through wars, economic opportunity, and a sense of adventure. The United States, while not unique, is among the most seriously impacted among developed nations. Understanding the identities and needs of so many diasporic communities is among our most pressing national priorities in matters of race relations, intergenerational relations and social justice. CYJO’s work is a model of innovative response and we at the Smithsonian APAP are happy to support it."
—Dr. Franklin Odo, Chief of the Library of Congress' Asian Division, Former Founding Director, Smithsonian APAP
"The Kyopo Project is a fascinating commentary on individual and national identity, as well as the complexities and in some cases, the conflict between the two. It deals with a theme that is relevant to not one particular culture, but rather to an emerging population of global citizens. Yet at the same time, by expertly navigating the journey of each individual subject, Ms. Hwang has succeeded in composing a kaleidoscope of visual narratives that brilliantly reflect the Korean diaspora of today."
—Min Jung Kim, Managing Director, Exhibitions and Programming Group, Global Cultural Management Asset Group, and Former Asian Strategist for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.