This year USC Korean Culture night presents "The Tears in Our Veils," a production that showcases life from the perspective of 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean-Americans. The play explores the question that many children of immigrants ask themselves as they start to notice the discrepancies between their cultural heritage and American culture: "What does it mean to be Korean-American?"
The story features six classmates, all struggling in some aspect of their life such as cultural identity, relationships and financial stability. The plot centers around art student Eunchae (Sophiea Kim) whose family gave up everything in South Korea and migrated to the US to pursue the "American dream." Seeing that Eunchae has only been partying and drinking lately, her parents begin to worry about her future. Her father wants to send Eunchae to a trade school, so she can get her life on track. To prove that she is capable of being independent and to get out of attending trade school, she promises that she will work hard and win the upcomign art exhibition competition. We later find out that Eunchae has been suffering from trauma following a tragic car accident five years ago.
The emotional play also sprinkles in comedic relief through side characters and their silly and endearing romantic pursuits like geeky Jisung (Daniel Lee) learning how to ask Yujin (Caroline Kim) on a date and jock Seungwook (Joo Lee) attempting to act suave to woo Jiyoon (Gloria Lee). Of course, the production also features things that make it so uniquely Korean. For example, the show makes references to cheesy Korean dramas, emulating a scene in which the lead couple go out to noraebang (karaoke) and fall in love, along with mixing common Korean words into English dialogue to present the typical Korean-American experience.
Through the production, USC KCN seeks to convey to the audience, primarily made up of Korean-Americans, that it is important to appreciate our parents for working so hard to give us the opportunity to live the "American dream." Although family conflicts often arise in immigrant families due to different cultural values, we must work together to understand each other and bridge that gap.