MULTINATIONAL PATRIOT: Korean Diaspora Flags by Onjena Yo

KOREAN DESIGNS BY ONJENA YO

KOREAN DESIGNS BY ONJENA YO

The more we learn, the more we realize how much we don't know... 

I was informed by family members that the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is no bigger than the state of Ohio with a population of 50 million (Having grown up in Ohio, I knew first hand how small this was). It wasn't that long ago that Korea could barely feed their citizens just after the Korean War of the 1950's. Now, they are the 13th largest economy in the world. And their cultural output... K-Pop, Korean dramas, movies (um, Joon-ho Bong, yes, please)... I am just at the beginning of my binge...  

WE ARE KOREA MULTINATIONAL PATRIOT FLAG COLLECTIVE 1.0

WE ARE KOREA MULTINATIONAL PATRIOT FLAG COLLECTIVE 1.0

A recent conversation with a new friend prompted me to research the Korean diaspora. According to Wikipedia, there are over 7 million Koreans, give or take, living abroad. Here are the Top 10: 

  1. China (2.54 Million)

  2. United States (2.09 Million)

  3. Japan (893,000)

  4. Canada (206,000)

  5. Russia (176,000)

  6. Uzbekistan (174,000)

  7. Australia (157,000)

  8. Kazakhstan (105,000)

  9. Philippines (88,000)

  10. Vietnam (86,000)

50,000 Koreans were living in Mexico and Brazil. The United Kingdom was 13th (45,000) which surprised me. And Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the Top 10? Who knew?

I had to look up "Korean Diaspora Africa" to find the numbers for African countries: 

  1. South Africa (4,000)

  2. Libya (< 1000)

  3. Nigeria (< 800)

  4. Kenya (< 800)

  5. Egypt (< 700)

It seems I may know more about North Korea than South because of the news... I have much to learn and thanks to organizations such as the Orange County Korean American Cultural Exchange (OCKACE), I've already begun the process with some new friends. 

We designed our Korean-American flag many years ago and, based on direct feedback, it appears to have resonated with Koreans in the United States. It's been a long time coming, but we've now expanded our designs to reflect the Korean diaspora for the other 5 million Koreans living outside the U.S. & Korea.

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Thanks for reading. 

~ Onjena Yo

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PATRIOT SURVEY SAYS: Korean-American: Reese, TT, Pocket, Mokja, Miss Piggy

Teressa jean aka reese, tt, pocket, mokja, miss piggy

Teressa jean aka reese, tt, pocket, mokja, miss piggy

I. Name/Meaning:

  • Teressa - Harvester
  • Jean - Gift from god

II. Nickname/Backstory:

  • Reese - Dad gave it to me

  • TT - college friends

  • Pocket - I like clothes & bags with strategic pockets or I won’t consider buying it.

  • Mokja - I enjoy food and drinks.

  • Miss Piggy - I ate well as a child and had big cheeks.

III. Country(ies) of Origin and Residence:

  • USA & South Korea

IV. States/Regions Lived/Visited in the United States:

  • I’ve visited 38 out of 50 states plus D.C.

V. Languages Spoken:

  • English, Spanish

POCKET REVISITING AN OLD MEMORY..TWEET US YOURS  @CARBONFIBREME

POCKET REVISITING AN OLD MEMORY..TWEET US YOURS @CARBONFIBREME

VI. Favorite Dish:

  • Are you ready??? Soul Food & Korean food (mac&cheese, greens, dressin, fried chicken like grandma style,fried catfish,  jamaican oxtails, fufu & goat & moi moi (nigerian), Kalbi, tegigogi, mackeral, kimchi, buchu kimchi, dukguk aka ricecake soup, mee ok guk aka seaweed soup, Busken cookies, Tates cookies, sweet potatoe pie and peach cobbler with a crispy flaky crust.

VII. Favorite Phrase/Slang:

  • “Big ol’ nasty..” (It’s a positive precursor)

VIII. Favorite Quote:

  • "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." ~ Frederick Douglass

  • "Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up." 

IX. Favorite Song/Artist:

  • Marvin Gaye and Whitney Houston. You can’t make me choose.

X. Three words to describe each of the following:

  • USAOpportunity, individualistic, arrogant
  • YOUR “OTHER” COUNTRYTBD

  • YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES: Diverse, fortunate, segregated  
  • HOMEMom, Dallas, Brooklyn

XI. Which cultures do you represent?

  • Black and Korean

XII. Where do people assume/guess you are from?

  • Hawaii in the summer. Mexico when they find out I teach Spanish. 

III. What is the most "creative" way (positive or negative) someone has expressed themselves to you with regard to your cultures?

  • "Ni hao ma."

XIV. What are the biggest differences between your cultures?

  • Genotype, language, food

XV. What are the biggest similarities between your cultures?

  • Hardworking, family oriented

XVI. Share your experience/observations returning to your country after living in the U.S.:

  • Food is how I remembered...delish. I was welcomed but I did not feel like I belonged in Korea. It stems from a combination of my shame of not speaking Korean and of people staring.

XVII. Share your experience/observations returning to the U.S. after travelling/living abroad:

  • I have been conscientious of representing two distinct cultures since before I can set an age (at least 5) because people have made a point to either call me names 01+++or ask curious and ignorant questions about my mixed family. Upon returning from Ecuador to study Spanish or Jamaica & Korea to vacay, my perspective regarding ethnic differences had broadened and my humility increased. I became more appreciative of some basic opportunities of education and extracurriculars that many young girls would never consider.

XVIII. Share your experience/observations traveling to different regions within the USA:

  • Even though there is prejudice everywhere you go, it is interesting to hear the difference of perception of hospitality and courtesy versus someone who is being frank. 

XIX. How do you define a patriot/patriotism?

  • A person who is proud of, fights for and promotes the ideals of their country

XX. What does it mean to be an “American”?

  • To live in the Western hemisphere. To be U.S. American is simply to have citizenship. The American dream is a loaded and relative term because there are many cultures and subcultures that have different ideals, values and expectations

XXI. How would elders in your "other" country define an “American”?

  • White

XXII. How would the youth in your "other" country define an “American”?

  • White

XXIII. What “American” qualities/traits do you most admire?

  • The possibilities of economic prosperity

XXIV. What “American” qualities/traits do you least admire?

  • The process/negative effects of the pursuit of economic prosperity.

XXV. What makes a country exceptional?

  • It’s ability to create a just, safe nation in which to live and prosper.

XXVI. When you watch international competitions like the Olympics or World Cup, who do you root for?

  • I become Switzerland.

XXVII. In what countries have you eaten McDonalds or Starbucks?

  • Ecuador & USA

XXVIII. Favorite country/place you have visited or lived or want to visit/live? And why?

  • There are too many that I have yet to visit and I don’t have a favorite. I loved Ecuador, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico and I have touched/traveled to 38 of 50 states.

loca for cola?

loca for cola?

XXIX. Share a significant memory (or memories) two involving both/all of your cultures.

  • National holidays like Thanksgiving always had soul food and kimchi.

  • When I was seven during a fourth of July parade, my brownie troop was invited to sit on a float with an international theme and I wanted to wear a Korean hanbok dress. My troop leader said I had to wear this beautifully adorned burgundy sombrero. (but my 7yr old mind could not appreciate or see past it’s large round brim). My culturally insensitive troop leader touched my arm and said I had to wear it because of my brown skin. Regardless of her intentions, I cried as I walked home with my big hat.

  • Listening to this talkback from my students as a Spanish teacher: 

    • "I'm Black, I don't speak Mexican."

    • "I'm White. I speak American."

    • I'm Mexican. This ain't Spanish."

XXX. How has living in the United States impacted/influenced you?

  • I bought the dream that anyone can be “successful” if they work hard and then as I matured, I realized how imbalanced opportunities truly are presently and historically. There is superficial equity and systemic injustice throughout most organizations. I fight for the underdog and the miseducated. Living in the U.S. has made me humble, appreciative and conscientious of these socio-economic and gender inequalities in education and opportunity.


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SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT WITH YOUR CHEST OR A TATTOO: Korean-American Multinational Patriots

Here's Ms. Pocket and Kilroy III expressing their love for their culture. Fans of Ms. Pocket call dem "muay thai legs."  

We think Kilroy III was practicing an obscure yoga pose....

The Korean-American flag is available on t-shirts and other gifts on our Redbubble store. 


One of the highest honors for an artist.. a tattoo of our Korean-American flag on what looks like some Korean-American skin...

The stars had to be modified to make it tattoo friendly. 

#Respect


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