Prisms: 14 Stories of Layered Identities
       
     
American Dream
       
     
Layers
       
     
Halmonee
       
     
Another World
       
     
Love/Hate
       
     
Prisms: 14 Stories of Layered Identities
       
     
Prisms: 14 Stories of Layered Identities

A multi-chapter, collaborative documentary series by Schmoo Theune & Susann Tischendorf

A prism is an object that divides white light into its seven component colours. Every person has many layers to their identity, from who they say they are, who they think they are, to who they will ultimately decide they will be.

This is especially true for people who have grown up physically or culturally different from those around them, and those who feel split between their ethnic heritage and their current environment.

This series seeks to spark communication and empathy for this shared human experience.

More info at 14prisms.com

American Dream
       
     
American Dream

Visiting the capital as a toddler, a sacred pilgrimage we would often make as the perfect American family.

Layers
       
     
Layers

Scanning negatives of my parents’ wedding in 1967, South Korea. They moved to America the very next day.

Halmonee
       
     
Halmonee

My cousins prepare celebrations for my grandmother’s 90th birthday.

Another World
       
     
Another World

From my grandmother’s apartment in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where she lived in an intact Korean bubble for almost 40 years.

Love/Hate
       
     
Love/Hate

My violin, a symbol of Asian-American integration, diligence, talent and education.