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Min’s departure to the United States of America at age seven is central to the scholarly conversation on her portrayal of the Korean Diaspora. Hwa Young Choi Caruso and Margo Machida both argue that Min uses personal stories to communicate the lack of belonging experienced by Korean immigrants in the U.S. Machida points out how in Defining Moments (1994) (Fig.2) Yong Soon Min’s body becomes “the Korean nation physically separated by the DMZ, depict[ing] herself as a divided territory, cut off from the land of its birth by years of war and turmoil;” with one foot here and another there.

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