Monophonics – “Bang Bang”
Bang bang, she shot me down / Bang bang, I hit the ground
We are tougher than other Korean women. Women can go in the water, so we can go diving and then we come home and we farm. Men stay home and just farm.
—Mun Yeon Ok, in a Q-and-A by Youngmi Mayer, Lucky Peach, summer 2013
I’m finally uploading one of the features I wrote over the summer. I took this story on to challenge myself, and it definitely did just that. It was a long process, but I had an amazing time pulling together the research and the interviews, and finally watching the pieces fall into place. I had the privilege of riding along with one of the Crystal Cove Alliance’s citizen science cruises with a class of high school students; I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those kids grow up and save the world one day.
I also got to interview UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake—which, I know, doesn’t seem like a huge deal. But, as an aside, when I started writing for the New U, UCI’s newspaper, I got an assignment covering a school event. I saw Chancellor Drake at the event, chased him down and interviewed him. I filed my story and my editor at the time told me she was very impressed I was able to get a quote from the chancellor. I was beaming. Interviewing him for this piece felt like coming full circle in a way. So here’s the feature if you’re interested. As always, thanks for reading.