K-Pod, a production of Korean-American Story, is a series dedicated to the stories of Korean-Americans in arts and culture. Hosts Catherine Hong and Juliana Sohn talk to artists, writers, designers, directors, musicians, chefs and other creatives about their work, their lives, and how they came to forge their careers.
Facebook creative director Ji Lee is one of the most influential graphic designers working in the country today. Born in Korea and raised in Brazil, he built his career in advertising, working for Google Creative Lab, Droga 5 and Saatchi & Saatchi. But it’s his wide range of witty and subversive personal projects — like the Bubble Project and the Instagram sensation Drawings for my Grandchildren, which features the artwork of his 76-year-old father — that are dearest to his heart. Catherine and Juliana learn about his Korean-Brazilian childhood, his unique creative process and his passion for challenging the way we see the world. Follow Ji Lee on Instagram @ji_lee_. Executive Producer: HJ Lee. Editor: AJ Valente. Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn and Catherine Hong @catherinehong100.
Celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi has been a force in the beauty world for the last two decades. Her pioneering work has been featured on countless magazine covers and has made her a backstage fixture during New York Fashion Week. In the industry, everyone loves Jin — she’s the fun-loving, ageless cool kid who hangs out with Marc Jacobs and the Hadid sisters, always with a smile on her face. But what Catherine and Juliana learn is she’s never forgotten her humble start in the States when she spoke just a few words of English and worked as a waitress at GamMeeOk in Koreatown. Follow Jin Soon Choi on Instagram @jinsoonchoi. Executive Producer: HJ Lee. Producer: Kevin Park. Editor: AJ Valente. Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn and Catherine Hong @catherinehong100.