Letter from the Editor

To Arrive Where We Started

T.S. Eliot once wrote in one of his poems, 'we shall not cease from exploration / and the end of all our exploring / will be to arrive where we started / and know the place for the first time.' For everyone here at this college, our explorations have led us to this place called Harvard. However, we have all started from very different places and have taken very different paths. The starting places of many of the Korean Americans here at Harvard include the bustling streets of Seoul, the cramped apartment buildings of New York City, and the green lawns of Suburbia.

This issue of Yisei focuses on essays which reflect upon these starting places we call our home or our childhood. In his personal essay 'Ant Farm,' Eric Cho confronts an issue which affects many students at Harvard. Eric remembers the ants he kept in mayonnaise jars as a child growing up in Venezuela. Remembering the diligence of the ants has led the author to reflect upon his present situation as a diligent Harvard student who feels compelled to meet the expectations placed upon him. In her essay 'Exfoliation,' Donyne Choo takes a look back at her journey to a Korean bathhouse during her stay in South Korea last summer. Although the author is initially puzzled by Korean women's emphasis on the appearance of the body, Donyne finds beneath this emphasis a community formed between women and between mothers and daughters.

The Yisei staff would like to thank the Undergraduate Council, Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and the International Relations Council for their financial support. Yisei would also like to thank Professor Vincent Brandt and our friends at the Korea Institute who have tirelessly supported this organization, its product, and its goals.

Finally, I would like to thank Yisei's outstanding editorial board and staff for all of their hard work and undying dedication. Only a year ago, Yisei faced several difficult challenges which threatened the effectiveness of this organization. This semester, however, the dedication and enthusiasm of the editors and staff members have carried this magazine over many obstacles and to new heights. With the experience this organization has gained, the road ahead for Yisei Magazine looks truly promising and rewarding.

Jong H. Yun '98

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