My name is Kevin and I’m LiNK’s Graphic Design Intern for Spring 2014.
I first got involved with LiNK after attending a benefit concert hosted by the Rescue Team on my college campus. Before the event started, they showed a video that put you in the shoes of a North Korean. I knew that the North Korean people were struggling, but until then, I hadn’t known the details of the human rights violations happening in a country so close to where my family emigrated from.
Having parents who grew up in the US, my Korean heritage didn’t have much meaning to me. After the benefit concert, I became more aware of my identity as a Korean-American and started to research my background. I called my grandma and she told me stories of her life in Korea during the Japanese rule, all the way to the Korean War. As I dug deeper, my passion for the North Korean people became real. I was heartbroken that not only many South Koreans and Korean-Americans have grown numb to this issue, but also that it was being ignored by the majority of the world. I joined the UIUC Rescue Team to help bring attention to the problems in North Korea.
“I have become a firm believer that design can change the world.”
So what am I doing at LiNK? Art has been a hobby of mine since I was little (being a comic enthusiast), and it wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I seriously considered making it my profession. After being influenced by an awesome graphic arts teacher who had a huge heart for his students and the community, my perspective on the power of visual arts changed. I have become a firm believer that design can change the world. Now, I’m interning at LiNK doing what I love for a movement that is close to my heart.
KEVIN | Graphic Design Intern