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I Am Tyler Park

May 14, 2021
By tylerhyunpark SILVER, Los Angeles, California
tylerhyunpark SILVER, Los Angeles, California
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Yo Soy...Tyler 박(I Am Tyler Park)

I am from my grandmother’s steamy sticky white rice, kimchi, and beef rib stew “갈비찜”

Too smelly to bring in my school lunch box but too good to pass up my cravings for the rich tastes

I am from soy sauce, spicy rice cakes, “떡볶이” and pan fried mackerels

Soy de profesores inteligentes, que me enseñaron a apreciar mis antecedentes culturales y enseñaron el idioma de español. Me enseñaron sobre la importancia de la identidad cultural y la importancia de respetar culturas diferentes. Enseñaron que sobre todo, el carácter es lo más importante que puedes tener.

Soy de respeto, comunidad y amor

[Translation: I am from intelligent teachers, who taught me to appreciate my cultural background and taught the language of Spanish. They taught me about the importance of cultural identity and the importance of respecting different cultures. They taught that above all, character is the most important thing you can have.

I am of respect, community and love]

I am from legendary jazz musicians like Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea 

Listening to jazz and playing the piano with iRealpro beats to accompany saxophone solos as soft winds that tickle my ears flow through my window into my piano room

I am from “Bags Groove”, “Autumn Leaves”, and “Cantaloupe Island” 

I am a jazz musician

I am from privilege and hard work

내가 하는 모든 일에 최선을 다하자 “I shall put forth my best efforts in all that I do”

Staying humble as I yearn for a more equitable and just society, ready to listen and learn about the struggles of people before me, present, and future

I am from history.

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