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Sunny Kim’s Painterly Instincts

A vocalist rediscovers her South Korean heritage with understated strength

Sunny Kim

Returning to South Korea in 2007, Sunny Kim found herself a stranger in her own native land. At 28 years old, she had spent half of her life outside of the country, first in Malaysia and Thailand with her family, then in the States where she moved to study music. But despite her burgeoning success in New York, Kim decided that half a lifetime away from home was long enough.

“I was almost like a foreigner,” she recalls of her homecoming. “As a traveler, when you go to a foreign country you see what’s normal there as something to think about and analyze. You see a whole different way of being and thinking, so you question your own ways of thinking. You self-reflect. I’ve done a lot of that.”

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