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The twitter sphere (and much of the figure skating world) has been ablaze with fiery comments over South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim, who despite giving a flawless performance at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, fell short of winning the gold to 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova from Russia.

Four years ago in Vancouver, a 19-year-old Yuna Kim won the gold medal by shattering records and giving arguably one of the greatest figure skating performances of all time. And even after sitting out the entire 2011-2012 season, Yuna Kim defied all odds and returned from her hiatus better than ever, medaling in every competition and eventually claiming her second World Championship title in 2013. So, “disappointment” over the judges’ scoring in Sochi is an understatement. Β “Outrage” is probably more like it, and I don’t think claims of a judging scandalΒ (and here) are unfounded either.

But nothing I can say will add to the facts there are already there, and as scandalous as it is, I didn’t really want to talk about that today.

No, I think somewhere in here is a valuable life lesson. Among other things, it was a sobering reminder that you can be the best at something, but still not win all the time. We are outraged because the judges’ score didn’t validate something the rest of us already knew to be true: that Yuna Kim was the best even before she stepped on the ice in Sochi. Maybe she’s the best because she is already a gold medal winner, a record breaker, and a two-time World Champion. Or maybe she is the best because she captured hearts with her grace and elegance on the ice, because of her love of country and the opportunities she opened up for Olympians in Korea and the figure skaters she inspired around the world, because of her relentless sportsmanship and class, or because of the performances she gave her entire career despite the enormity of the burden she carried. She poured out her heart, body, and soul into her craft, and I really don’t think a second gold medal (as gratifying as that would have been) could have adequately motivated the performance she gave. What makes her a true legend is not the number of medals around her neck, but her devotion to things that matter — and it really showed in the way she skated.

The reminder for me is this. Some of us devote ourselves to fleeting, worldly things like money, recognition, or fame, while some of us are still “saving ourselves” until we find that most worthwhile thing worthy of our devotion. But when you find that one thing which is truly worthwhile, the one thing you are convinced is everlasting — which I think I have — how much joy and fulfillment awaits for those who devote their body, heart, and soul to it?

P.S. did anyone try googling Yuna Kim Sochi? πŸ™‚

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The other day someone at work asked if I could lead a staff training on “diversity in design.” When using photographs of people in design, you have to be very purposeful about the diversity of your subjects. To many of us it seems like no big deal, but as an Asian-American I can tell you that it does not go unnoticed when your photos lack diversity. But that much I could tell you right off the bat, and I wasn’t really sure how to fill an entire training on that subject.

So I did a quick google search of “diversity in design.” Interestingly enough, what I found was that most of the results pointed to a different issue that intrigued me more: the racial diversity of designers themselves.

A quick survey of some of the country’s top design agencies, schools, and design communities will show you that the field is predominantly white. It is also not hard to find Asian designers, especially in schools, but the number of black and hispanic designers is very very low (a top ad agency in New York, Pentagram,Β recently added one black designer named Eddie Opara to their staff)

To me, that says something about the overall stigma of the “designer” and the opportunities available to black and hispanic youth. I know that there are some programs out there, likeΒ Youth DesignΒ in Boston, dedicated to this issue specifically, by providing design resources and education to urban youth. I also know that certain chapters ofΒ AIGAΒ also have active diversity initiatives that seek to promote diversity in the field, and I think this is great.

I am inspired to explore this opportunity for diversity in design. I think I would be interested in joining a design mentorship program of some sort, or in the distant future heading up a collaborative program that connects design students with young urban designers in the community.

More to come (hopefully) as these ideas evolve.

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Links:
Diversity in Graphic Design
White Space: Examining Racial Diversity in the Design Industry

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I’ve been reminded recently that I really don’t have enough of the Word of God in my heart. So last week I committed to memory 5 verses, and I wanted to write them down somewhere so I wouldn’t forget what I worked on.

Monday
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him — this is your spiritual act of worship.”
“κ·ΈλŸ¬λ―€λ‘œ ν˜•μ œλ“€μ•„, λ‚΄κ°€ ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜μ˜ λͺ¨λ“  μžλΉ„ν•˜μ‹¬μœΌλ‘œ κΆŒν•˜λ…Έλ‹ˆ, λ„ˆν¬ λͺΈμ„ ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜μ΄ κΈ°λ»ν•˜μ‹œλŠ” κ±°λ£©ν•œ μ‚° μ œμ‚¬λ‘œλ“œλ¦¬λΌ. μ΄λŠ” λ„ˆν¬ λ“œλ¦΄ 영적 μ˜ˆλ°°λ‹ˆλΌ.”
– Romans 12:1

Tuesday
“Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
“μžκΈ°κ°€ μ‹œν—˜ λ°›μ•„ κ³ λ‚œμ„ λ‹Ήν•˜μ…¨μ€μ¦‰, μ‹œν—˜λ°›λŠ” μžλ“€μ„ λŠ₯히 λ„μš°μ‹œλŠλ‹ˆλΌ”
Hebrews 2:18

Wednesday
“For Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.”
“κ·Έλ¦¬μŠ€λ„κ»˜μ„œλ„ ν•œ 번 죄λ₯Ό μœ„ν•˜μ—¬ μ£½μœΌμ‚¬, μ˜μΈμœΌλ‘œμ„œ λΆˆμ˜ν•œ 자λ₯Ό λŒ€μ‹ ν•˜μ…¨μœΌλ‹ˆ, μ΄λŠ” 우리λ₯Ό ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜ μ•žμœΌλ‘œ μΈλ„ν•˜λ € ν•˜μ‹¬μ΄λΌ. μœ‘μ²΄λ‘œλŠ” μ£½μž„μ„ λ‹Ήν•˜μ‹œκ³ , μ˜μœΌλ‘œλŠ” 살리심을 λ°›μœΌμ…¨μœΌλ‹ˆ.”
1 Peter 3:18

Thursday
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
“κ·ΈλŸ¬λ―€λ‘œ λ‚΄ μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜λŠ” ν˜•μ œλ“€μ•„, κ²¬κ³ ν•˜λ©° 흔듀리지 말며 항상 주의 일에 λ”μš± νž˜μ“°λŠ” μžλ“€μ΄ 되라, μ΄λŠ” λ„ˆνœ˜ μˆ˜κ³ κ°€ μ£Ό μ•ˆμ—μ„œ ν—›λ˜μ§€ μ•Šμ„ 쀄 μ•Žμ΄λ‹ˆλΌ.”
1 Corinthians 15:58

Friday
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
“λ‚΄κ°€ λ³΅μŒμ„ λΆ€λ„λŸ¬μ›Œν•˜μ§€ μ•„λ‹ˆν•˜λ…Έλ‹ˆ, 이 λ³΅μŒμ€ λͺ¨λ“  λ―ΏλŠ” μžμ—κ²Œ ꡬ원을 μ£Όμ‹œλŠ” ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜μ˜ λŠ₯λ ₯이 됨이라. μ²«μ§ΈλŠ” μœ λŒ€μΈμ—κ²Œμš” λ˜ν•œ ν—¬λΌμΈμ—κ²Œλ‘œλ‹€.”
Romans 1:16