WHO IS EMPRESS HAN?
Empress Han is an Adoptee poet, artist, and activist. She emerged as a response to the profound loss, trauma, and grief of being severed from one's family, people, and origins through transracial, transnational adoption (TRA/TNA). Empress Han frames TRA/TNA within its broader sociopolitical context of American imperialism, invasion, and colonialism.
Her upcoming and first adapted poetry album, Shrine, is set to release in 2021. It will be an experimental musical exploration adapting poetry to instrumentals and vocals.
Han is a direct reference to the Korean cultural concept of han, which has been defined as a traumatic loss of identity, both collectively and individually. It has also been described as an intense angst and longing due to unresolved injustice, pain, and suffering.
Empress Han is an assertion of claiming sovereignty over our individual identities and narratives, particularly in the context of having our stories and origins obscured or erased.
Shrine will be the first installment of three. It will examine and explore the experiences of loss, grief, identity, family, race, and belonging, as well as resilience and healing through the lens of a Korean Adoptee's journey.