Calling Card (After Adrian Piper) (1998)

Calling Card (after Adrian Piper), 1998, business card/empowerment tool for overseas adopted Koreans

First created by the artist when she returned to her birth country as overseas adopted Korean (OAK), Calling Card (after Adrian Piper), was used as an empowerment tool for herself and other OAKs in the same situation, having no to limited Korean language abilities after she was reprimanded by ignorant and unkind people she met. Inspired by the calling cards of artist Adrian Piper, RHEE’s ongoing street performance prop was created to actively respond to the demands of South Korean society and the public’s shock when many adoptees started returning in droves starting in the 1990s/2000s.


Cox, Susan Soon-Keum, editor. Voices from Another Place, Yeong & Yeong Book Company, St. Paul, MN, USA, 1999, (pp. 28-29).
Kim, Eleana J. Adopted Territory. Transnational Korean Adoptees and The Politics of Belonging, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, USA, 2010, (190-191).