Month: September 2017

Humans of coffee: Joanne Lee

Who is Joanne Lee?  Joanne Lee is the daughter of two Korean immigrants, Jae and Sun. Jae and Sun were both born in what is now known as “North Korea.” Both of their families fled North Korea during the war and found refuge in the villages of South Korea. Jae and Sun immigrated (separately) to the United States in their 20s and ultimately started a family in Chicago.  More specifically, though, Joanne is a product of her mother’s choice to come to the United States with almost no money, no job, no family, and no English and begin a career as a nurse in Chicago.  Joanne is also the product of her father’s choice to give up a college degree from one of the most prestigious universities in Korea to pursue the American Dream.  The choices of her parents continue to influence her own choices, every day, and those choices – whether to go to law school, to start a blog, to get a divorce, to go vegan, to take a photo, to run a …