Christopher Paek is a social scientist and researcher with a doctorate in international development. In his spare time, he reads and writes on race, politics, and Korean/Asian American identity. Currently based in Washington D.C., Christopher is also working on a personal passion project to document and produce stories about his family’s history.

Hope when Hope is Lost
By Christopher Paek

Every morning at 5 a.m., my grandmother woke up to pray. Her prayers were modest and reserved entirely for her family. She prayed for her living children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all their extended family. She whispered over each name as the dawn broke gently into its morning light, giving each one care and attention.