Sun Yung Shin Quotes
“Because it is psychological. I see the boys in the park, the young boys, smoking and playing basketball when they should be in school. I couldn't understand why when I first arrived. Now, I am starting to see. It is because they have been told in school, in their community, on the street, that they are nothing, and so they have started to believe it. Once that happens, it is over. You can't be a man, a husband, a father. You can't do anything, once you start to believe that.”
“Before moving to America, I did not see the world through a "Black" lens...We had doctors, teachers, wealthy men. Indeed, we had successful men of all stripes. We did not have Black doctors, Black businessmen, or any so-called role models. We had people doing things we children knew we could just as easily do when we grew up.”
“I longed for the Confederate flags of the South, because at least the South had clear lines of demarcation and warning. In Minnesota, there were only smiling faces, open classroom doors, and a stinging persistent coldness that let me know that I was in a new, different place that wasn’t really welcoming—and that this place was resistant to me calling it home.”
Sun Yung Shin
- Born: in Korea, Republic of.
- Description: Sun Yung Shin's first poetry collection is Skirt Full of Black (Coffee House Press 2007); she is also the co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press 2006) and the author of the bilingual (Korean/English) book for children Cooper's Lesson (Children's Book Press). Among her awards are a 2007 Bust Artist Fellowship and a 2005 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. She is also the co-editor of WinteRed Press. She lives in Minneapolis and is currently working on a memoir/collection of essays.