Dana Lee


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Born in South Korea in 1984, Dana Lee is an attorney for the state of North Carolina. She lived in South Korea until college and came to the US for graduate school. She recently became a U.S citizen. She took up sewing for a little bit and when the pandemic started, she began sewing masks to donate. She joined the Auntie Sewing Squad in November 2021 as a Sewing Auntie.

Thematic Summary

(00:00:00) Lee describes her life in South Korea as a youth. (00:04:38) She proceeds to detail why she decided to study her law degree in the United States. (00:08:02) Lee continues to explain how she viewed her life as privileged in Korea compared to the US. She also describes how she did not have the same experiences as other Asians in the US when it comes to racism and discrimination, but she did share their critique. (00:13:04) Lee explains the importance of continuing to share her Korean culture with her son. (00:15:23) Lee shares how she came to the Auntie Sewing Squad, how she began sewing and to whom she decided to donate her masks. (00:23:40) She recounts the stark contrast she observed as the pandemic unfolded in the US in comparison to South Korea. (00:26:09) Lee concludes by relaying her experience of becoming a U.S. citizen.

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Jacqueline Mireles; Kelly Rivas

Interview with Dana Lee



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