DANakaDAN | Artist Spotlight

I usually run across interesting topics on Buzzfeed but this particular article highlighting Asian American artists called, “Asian-American Artists Discuss How Art Has Changed Their Lives“, really stood out to me, specifically when it got to DANakaDAN. I recently watched a short interview about him on YouTube discussing his life as a Korean-American adoptee and the many struggles he faced growing up, as well as how he wants to help the adoptee community. Though I’m not adopted, I think his passion is inspiring and beautiful.

One part that stood out to me was when he was talking about his biological family. He reunited with them and found out he has a twin brother and the two of them are very similar in a lot of ways. They are both very passionate about music, specifically hip-hop.

“One of the more interesting outcomes that I like to think that pursuing art has led me to was meeting my biological family, including an identical twin brother I never knew about. We met about three years ago, and most interestingly enough, he too was a rapper. It’s crazy to think how DNA could impact something like that, especially within two different people raised simultaneously in different parts of the world.”

I especially appreciate his response when asked about his influence on his community saying simply,

“I believe that through producing the videos that I’ve been proud to do through ISAtv, we’ve been able to support many up-and-coming or undiscovered artists in our community and give them a platform to have their voice be heard.”

He goes on to discuss the voice he’s given to not only Asian-Americans, but also adoptees.

“One of our goals from the beginning was always to be a hub where up-and-coming artists could feel empowered and discovered. On the adoptee side, I believe that through the Korean adoptee documentary I made and the music I’ve produced, it’s given a voice to a community that’s seldom heard.”

I think the full article is worth checking out. He’s an amazing artist and his story is one of hope and acceptance. Regardless of your background, you can follow your passion and you can become a beacon for those who are striving to do what you do.

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