Get to know Yeji Jung, on of our summer 2017 Programs Intern:
So, what made you decide to intern with The LP? How does the internship relate to your studies?
I wanted to intern with The Laundromat Project because I wanted to work at the intersection of art and justice at a grassroots level, and I really vibed with the LP’s community-centered values and vision. I also deeply appreciate that The LP has black women on its board and staff full and other people/women of color, as well as its model of building long-term, sustainable relationships with three specific communities.
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
I’ve recently started to develop my art practice primarily in visual media like printmaking and painting, but also expanding to pottery and other forms. Much of my practice centers around exploring my diasporic Korean American identity, and around concepts of abundance (as opposed to capitalistic scarcity) and healing. I’ve also played music in a variety of ways (violin, singing, guitar, uke, djembe) since I was pretty young.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
Queer Korean American filmmaker Andrew Ahn’s “Spa Night” really wrecked me. It was the first time I saw something that wasn’t Korean, or American, but wholly Korean American, like my own lived experience.
What is your favorite… film?
hmm, Kiki’s Delivery Service??
maybe Funeral by Arcade Fire? or Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment?
My grandma’s dumplings. Once every few months, we have dumpling day at my aunt’s/grandma’s house, where the whole family spends hours making literally hundreds of dumplings.
Where do you do your laundry?
In my building off 137th and Malcolm X
In your opinion, why does art matter?
As a student of Jeff Chang (Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University), I believe culture precedes politics. In other words, culture changes first, and politics follow. So, I see art and culture as a crucial frontier for justice work.
And, while we can identify what we want to dismantle, we also have to have a vision for what we want to build. How else but through art can we heal enough, free ourselves enough to dream up a fundamentally different world?
Yeji Jung (she/her/they/them) is from outside of Dallas and a rising senior at Stanford University majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is an aspiring artist-organizer seeking transformative justice and interdependence for and with her communities.