Ellen: Why Korea, why now?
Sarah: Well, I was born in South Korea, but adopted and grew up in PA. I recently reunited with my birth mother, who lives outside Seoul. I also recently graduated school; my lease was up. My life opened itself up for change.
Ellen: What has been the most surprising form of inspiration during this journey?
Sarah: Disorientation. Sometimes, you have to leave a place, to really see it for what it is. The same might be for oneself, but I’m still figuring that part out.
Ellen: Do you have a favorite place to write?
Sarah: My favorite place to write is where I feel the safest. So - my dorm room. I can’t believe I just wrote dorm room. I should be too old to live in one. And yet, here I am. Sometimes it’s really romantic to sit in a café and write, but I can’t say productive.
Ellen: How has the language switch affected your writing?
Sarah: Learning a new language is a microscope. Metaphors are being magnified and I have a clearer view of where potential crystals may form.
Ellen: Tell me a little bit about your various writing projects right now.
Sarah: Living is how I’m working on writing. Last year, I knew I wanted to be in Korea, and I knew how critical it would be to finishing the narrative in my thesis. I’m in gathering mode.
Also, after I read an essay written by someone who adopted a child, I feel an urgency to be a voice, in the void of adoptee voices. So I am working on a response to that essay.
Ellen: Have you seen any theatre? Or is there anything you are planning to see or visit?
Sarah: I am very interested in seeing Korean theater. I had the opportunity to see a dance performance for Peace Day held at Kyung Hee University. It was modern, and visually stunning (There is a picture of the performance at the end of this blog post).
Ellen: Sarah is a super stylish writer, so I have to ask: favorite fashion trend in Korea?
Sarah: Mix matched earrings! Remember a few years ago, bikinis didn’t have to match anymore? I love that earrings coordinate. For example, one earring will be butterfly, and the other a flower. I love how it presents an opportunity to wear more texture, patterns, art and color.
Ellen: Merci mille fois to Sarah for taking the time to share some of her wonderful thoughts! You can follow her fantastic blog here. Her writing and thoughts are so inspiring- definitely check it out!