Seoul Food

Three Parts Make One Beautiful Book

Part 1. Pojagi

Pojagi is variously-shaped multicolored squares of linen that seamlessly and other times awkwardly stitch together to form a larger piece of material. The vignettes in Part 1 are about my experience as a Korean American born and raised in Los Angeles County. I reflect on my family, community, personal, and educational experiences that have shaped my identity as a Korean-American.

Part 2. Bibimbap and Banchan

Bibimbap is mixed rice and banchans are side dishes people share when they eat during Korean meals. The vignettes in Part 2 unpack the misconceptions and stereotypes of Korean Americans. In addition, the stories highlight the lifestyles of young Korean Americans whose experiences may go unnoticed.

Part 3. Jeon

Jeon is a pancake-like dish made from a variety of vegetables, meats, and seafood. In Part 3, I provide a closer glimpse of my identity and my reflections looking back on my yesteryears. The vignettes provide glimpses of how I came to be and the transformational journey I went through to become the person I am today.

Author: Sarai Koo, Ph.D.

SARAI KOO, Ph.D. – is a transformative speaker, culture change engineer, coach, author, and community leader who prepares people to thrive in live. She appears on national and international media and coaches people globally; speaks at various universities, companies, nonprofit organizations, and agencies; and secures strategic partnerships with elected officials, schools, cities, foundations, organizations, higher education institutions, actors/directors, and agencies. For more than 18 years, Dr. Koo has helped organizations and corporations to transform their workplace cultures. Her unique expertise focuses on helping clients: reassess their core value systems to align with organizational goals and vision; reduce or eliminate organizational and individual barriers affecting productivity; build essential human resource leadership skills to help the workforce become motivated, productive, and committed to achieving the organizations desired results. In 2011, Dr. Koo, was chosen as one of the top 25 Korean-American community leaders under the age of 40 in the nation and voted the top 100 Next Generation Korean American leaders nationwide.