The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
Alma, who came to America leaving everything behind and being vulnerable, reminded me of myself as a new bride from Korea. Having left Korea for the first time, I felt like a toddler learning to walk and talk. Geum Jool means "golden string" in Korean and traditionally represents an arrival of a newborn in a home. The portrait of myself in a traditional Korean wedding gown with geum jool symbolizes myself being reborn as an American through marriage.