“The Best of Both Worlds”
by Angela Yoon, Age 16
Gangnam-gu, Seoul-si, South Korea
Seoul International School, Grade 10
I am currently a rising junior at Seoul International School, my second overseas high school. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Northern California for twelve years, where I was able to fuel a vehement passion for language arts. At the age of 11, I moved to Beijing, China with my family and attended the International School of Beijing for three years, before moving to Korea last summer. Although writing is my main interest, much of my life also revolves around music and political science.
I am Korean by blood, but my character has been molded by more than just a Korean heritage. As a “third culture kid” who has been exposed to a variety of cultures from a very young age, I have come to embrace diversity, enabling me to absorb new cultures whenever I have the chance to do so. By my tenth birthday, I had mastered three different languages and began to explore my own ideas about living abroad. It is precisely the experiences I encountered overseas that have shaped the way I perceive the world around me and the thoughts I incorporate into my writing.
It was definitely a privilege for me to be able to share my writing with the world, and I am grateful that people could grasp the vision of China that I hoped to paint within my fictional essay. I hope that my writing will continue to push myself and others forward on our never-ending journeys.
2015 Progress Report:
2014 and the first half of 2015 so far have been quite the rollercoaster for me and and my writing. After winning the fiction division of Writing for Peace, some of the short stories I have written in my spare time have been accepted for publication by a couple literary magazines including The Claremont Review and I have recently been accepted to study Creative Writing at this summer’s Kenyon Young Writer’s Workshop. I have also won an international essay contest that focuses on the concept of world peace and cooperation, but most importantly, throughout all of these writing opportunities, I have been able to explore different genres and content to push myself both as a writer and a dreamer. For me, writing is definitely not always about the result; what matters to me is the process: my idea, how I express it, the questions, and the answers. In the future, I see myself sitting in a coffee shop or library furiously typing away at whatever comes to mind. It may be a serious piece on international relations or it may be a fictional short story on youth. But either way, I would like to use my writing to help others see the world a bit differently.
What ‘writing for peace” means to me:
Writing for Peace holds a special place in my heart because it’s really the first time I had written a fictional piece that digs so deeply into the struggles and wonders of cultural identity. It gave me the valuable opportunity to think about what peace really means, and how to apply the concept to a cultural perspective. Writing for Peace was truly a catalyst for my passion for writing, and I am honored to have participated in it. One of the best things about it is that it is open to the entire world; anybody can submit a piece of writing, and anybody can be encouraged to explore our world’s cultural diversity. Some of the most inspirational world leaders have all started out writing pamphlets or articles for a certain cause because to them and to me, writing has always had the power to move minds. Writing for Peace can truly make future world leaders.
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