||LESTER KIM. 1997
SYMMETRY. 180 degree rotation. Turn this design upside down and it reads the same both ways.
INSPIRATION. Created on the occasion of my father's 70th birthday.
STORY. Dr. Lester Edward Kim, with whom I share a middle name as well as more than a few genes, was born in California of parents who came from Korea. Raised in the family restaurant with his brothers and sister, he found his calling in college to become a Presbyterian minister. Realizing that his race might limit his options, he steered his work toward the fledgling field of pastoral counseling, which is not as it may sound counseling in the pastures but rather counseling in the context of churches.
He recently started the Good Samaritan Counseling Center in Southern California. He is a devoted social activist, having stirred things up in the areas of fair housing, human rights, and peace-making. "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable".
The dot on the I, which is shared by both the right side up and upside down I's, is a symbol from the center of the Korean flag. I've continued the red and blue colors into the lettering. Like the circle divided into two parts, Korea remains a divided country, but as the reunification of Germany has shown, unthinkable gulfs can be bridged.