Sharon Joetama

Sharon Joetama

Silently Assimilating

Words & Images © Sharon Joetama. Team Los Angeles.

Where are you from? “Korea”
Where is home to you? “Here in America”
When do you move here and why? 1990, Due to family crisis.
What do you miss about Korea? Street culture, friends, food, and the ease of public transport.
How have living here changed you? It made me stay home more often compared to when I was in korea.
If you can move back would you? No
What do you miss most about America? Mexican food and having the freedom to look as who you are and not care of what others’ think. Also, having to enjoy a sleep on a bed and not on the floor.

Immigrating to another country is not an easy thing for anyone to do. Many people have immigrated by choice, while others had to in order to survive. In that process, there are three things that people can do, adapt to the change and accept the influence, hold to their way of life and unconsciously get influence, or reject the influence of the new culture in the new place as a whole. Los Angeles is a very special place where someone can survive here for years and years without having to learn english. However, in the past it was different. In the 1990s as the subject relayed, there was no korean market, restaurant, or traditional snacks available. All those were inaccessible, so she had to replace it with western alternatives. Now, all those cultural items are easily accessible, but still she had gotten used to some of the western items which she intended to use as a substitute, but have now become part of her and her family’s lifestyle. Now, she has made America into her home with her four kids and husband.