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Hear Sean's Talk:
   Tuesday, August 3, 8:30 - 9:30
Bonus talk (thanks Sean)
   Tuesday, August 10, 1:00 - 2:00

Sean Jensen

I barely remember anything from my first six years in South Korea, where I was born and raised, primarily by my grandparents. Until I arrived at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, I had only spoken Korean words, eaten Korean foods, seen Korean people.

Upon arrival in the U.S., I met my new adopted parents and had weeks to “acclimate” before starting first grade. Growing up on or near military bases throughout my childhood, I often learned in harsh ways that I wasn’t black, Hispanic or white. Most crushing of all, though, was being around other Koreans and realizing most of them didn’t think I was “Korean” enough.

I sought refuge in sports and books.

Through the former, I developed my first friendships and an unending source of fun. Through the latter, I discovered the inspiring journeys of remarkable people and an endless stream of fascination.


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