We will be viewing Empress Han's latest music video, VANISH. VANISH is track 1 on Empress Han's upcoming album, PYRE. VANISH explores themes unique to the journeys & experiences of Transracial, Transnational Adoptees, including family separation & erasure as well as the lifelong search & longing to recover what was lost.
PYRE is the second album in a trilogy of musical poetry albums--SHRINE, PYRE, ASH. The trilogy explores themes of loss, grief, violence, identity, race, family, & belonging in the context of Transracial, Transnational Adoption.
SHRINE was released in May of this year during AAPI Heritage Month to assert that the narratives of Asian Adoptees are a vital part of the Asian diaspora. PYRE will be released this November during National Adoption Awareness Month. The album explores the painful intersections of Adoption, War, Race, Misogyny, & Sexual Violence.
CLICK HERE TO STREAM & DOWNLOAD Empress Han's debut musical poetry album, SHRINE (May 2021). You can also stream SHRINE on Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp.
WHO IS EMPRESS HAN?
Empress Han is an Adoptee, Poet, & Artist.
She emerged from the profound loss, trauma, & grief of being severed from one's family, people, & origins through Transracial, Transnational Adoption (TRA/TNA). Empress Han's work frames TRA/TNA within its broader geopolitical context of American imperialism, invasion, & colonialism.
Han is a direct reference to the Korean cultural concept of han, which has been defined as a traumatic loss of identity, both collectively & individually. It has also been described as an intense angst & longing due to unresolved injustice, pain, & suffering.
Empress Han is an assertion of claiming sovereignty over our individual identities & narratives, particularly in the context of having our stories & origins erased.
Empress Han's debut musical poetry album, SHRINE, released on May 1, 2021. The album is an experimental musical exploration adapting poetry to instrumentals & vocals. It includes vocals, spoken word, electronic & acoustic sounds as well as elements inspired by Pansori, the traditional Korean art form of storytelling.
Shrine is the first installment of a trilogy of albums--SHRINE, PYRE, & ASH. The trilogy examines & explores the experiences of loss, grief, identity, family, race, & belonging, as well as resilience & healing through the lens of a Korean Adoptee's journey.
PYRE will release in November 2021 (National Adoption Awareness Month). ASH will release in the Lunar New Year of 2022.