Mi-Ae Lee


As Interviewed by Jaynie L., March 23, 2019
"We were making a huge march. We were going together, we were shouting. It was a big ocean of people."
Mi-Ae Lee

Introductory Profile: About Mi-Ae Lee

Mi-Ae Lee is a South Korean who was born in 1967. She now lives in Austin, with her two daughters and husband. She actively listens to Korean news podcasts and lives to stay updated, as a result of her experience with the brutal year, 1987. Lee is a very caring and understanding friend, coworker, and mother. As an ESL teacher, she helps refugee students learn English, as she once did when she immigrated to the United States in 1994 to attend the University of Texas in Austin.

Mi-Ae Lee was a 19-year-old college student during the June Democracy Movement. Being apart of the student council, it was her job to organize protests and other events. During this interview, she talks about protesting for democracy and dealing with the police while living with the fear of being tortured and punished.