Moon Ja Sohn
Moon Ja Sohn

My grandchildren where all born here. They don’t know Korea very well so I thought if I wore a hankbok then they’d have to think about Korea. If my grandchildren see my hanbok they will be reminded, “I am a Korean person too.” They were born here in America but they have Korean blood flowing in them.”

Jong Ho Lee
Jong Ho Lee

This is my second time (having my funerary portrait taken). I’ve changed since then so I had it in mind to retake the photo. When I would go to a funeral, I would see a portrait of the individual carried up, and the person always looked so nice and peaceful in the photo. I realized that funeral portraits depicted the individuals so peacefully, and I wanted to get my own portrait taken nicely for my children and family so they wouldn’t be burdened and have good memories. I’d like them to say that he was someone who worked hard and did nothing to be ashamed of.

Viviana Lee
Viviana Lee
Chung Mu Lee
Chung Mu Lee
Kyung Hak Shin
Kyung Hak Shin
Baek W. Ahn
Baek W. Ahn
Soo Young Shin
Soo Young Shin

I’d be happy if they saw my portrait and didn’t hate me.

Hong Sung Chul
Hong Sung Chul
Jong Soo Hong
Jong Soo Hong
Kyeong Sook Chang
Kyeong Sook Chang
Jong Young Chul
Jong Young Chul

I’d like people to remember that I was industrious, worked hard and tried my best.

Hee Ja Lee
Hee Ja Lee

I didn’t prepare especially, my husband told me to wear makeup but when I am remembered by my children, they’ll remember a mom who didn’t wear make up because I lived my life without it. So to better remind my children of their easygoing mother, I didn’t prepare, I came as I am.

When I raised my kids I wanted to be a relaxed mom for my kids, but looking back now that they are grown, I don’t think I was! I nagged too much, but even now I want to try to show that I was an open, relaxed mother (in my portrait). When they see me I want them to feel open.

Yong Koo Lee
Yong Koo Lee

I’ve taken a funeral portrait before, but that one is a little outdated now. It’s still hanging up at home, but I look a little too young in that photo so it won’t do. This is my third time taking a funeral portrait. Of the funerals that I’ve been to, there has only been a handful in which the person had a portrait that was taken recently before their death. Of the many I’ve been to, I haven’t seen any portraits that really carry the essence of the person. So I would like my portrait to portray my self exactly how I am, so that when people come to say goodbye, they can really feel like they are saying goodbye to me.

Agnes Hwang
Agnes Hwang

From my loved ones, I’d like for them to think that I was a person who was necessary.

Moon Ja Sohn
Jong Ho Lee
Viviana Lee
Chung Mu Lee
Kyung Hak Shin
Baek W. Ahn
Soo Young Shin
Hong Sung Chul
Jong Soo Hong
Kyeong Sook Chang
Jong Young Chul
Hee Ja Lee
Yong Koo Lee
Agnes Hwang
Moon Ja Sohn

My grandchildren where all born here. They don’t know Korea very well so I thought if I wore a hankbok then they’d have to think about Korea. If my grandchildren see my hanbok they will be reminded, “I am a Korean person too.” They were born here in America but they have Korean blood flowing in them.”

Jong Ho Lee

This is my second time (having my funerary portrait taken). I’ve changed since then so I had it in mind to retake the photo. When I would go to a funeral, I would see a portrait of the individual carried up, and the person always looked so nice and peaceful in the photo. I realized that funeral portraits depicted the individuals so peacefully, and I wanted to get my own portrait taken nicely for my children and family so they wouldn’t be burdened and have good memories. I’d like them to say that he was someone who worked hard and did nothing to be ashamed of.

Viviana Lee
Chung Mu Lee
Kyung Hak Shin
Baek W. Ahn
Soo Young Shin

I’d be happy if they saw my portrait and didn’t hate me.

Hong Sung Chul
Jong Soo Hong
Kyeong Sook Chang
Jong Young Chul

I’d like people to remember that I was industrious, worked hard and tried my best.

Hee Ja Lee

I didn’t prepare especially, my husband told me to wear makeup but when I am remembered by my children, they’ll remember a mom who didn’t wear make up because I lived my life without it. So to better remind my children of their easygoing mother, I didn’t prepare, I came as I am.

When I raised my kids I wanted to be a relaxed mom for my kids, but looking back now that they are grown, I don’t think I was! I nagged too much, but even now I want to try to show that I was an open, relaxed mother (in my portrait). When they see me I want them to feel open.

Yong Koo Lee

I’ve taken a funeral portrait before, but that one is a little outdated now. It’s still hanging up at home, but I look a little too young in that photo so it won’t do. This is my third time taking a funeral portrait. Of the funerals that I’ve been to, there has only been a handful in which the person had a portrait that was taken recently before their death. Of the many I’ve been to, I haven’t seen any portraits that really carry the essence of the person. So I would like my portrait to portray my self exactly how I am, so that when people come to say goodbye, they can really feel like they are saying goodbye to me.

Agnes Hwang

From my loved ones, I’d like for them to think that I was a person who was necessary.

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