November 2020 (Greensboro, NC/Atlanta, GA) -- November is National Adoption Month. This week features Mila Konomos (The Empress Han), a South Korean adoptee and artist who was/is one of the realest women I’ve ever known. Mila is a transracial, transnational Korean adoptee who struggled to understand her origin story. We were roommates in Atlanta in our 20s and I’ve seen her struggle with feeling like a foreigner in a distant land... much like myself. Mila eventually found her birth family after 7 years of searching, but she learned so much more after reconnecting with them. Mila discusses colonization and erasure, being raised by a military family, and discovering her true identity.
Mila Konomos -- IG: @the_empress_han