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KoreanAmericanStory.Org – Roar Story Slam

July 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm



JULY 19th, 2019 | 6:30PM – 10PM | Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N Kedzie Blvd)
KoreanAmericanStory.org (KAS) is proud to announce our third annual ROAR Story Slam — to shine a spotlight on the best Korean American stories and storytellers! In 2019, we are taking the show on the road and holding local events in NYC, LA and Chicago. Chicago is our final destination for this year! The Chicago Story Slam will feature six storytelling finalists in a live competition with cash awards, food and drink, a special comedy stand-up performance, expert judging from a distinguished panel, all hosted by our emcee.

What is the ROAR Story Slam?

The ROAR Story Slam is a live storytelling event where 5-6 finalists, who have been selected from the first round of video entries, will compete on stage with their personal stories about the Korean American experience. Each finalist will have no more than six minutes to tell their stories, without scripts or props. A panel of judges will watch each performance and then announce the winners at the end of the event.

Special Thanks To:

Sheila Ivy Traister, veteran actress, director and story coach who provided professional coaching sessions to all of our finalists.


1st Place – $1500

2nd Place – $500

3rd Place – $200

Ticket Info:
General Admission: $20 | With Student ID: $15

Each ticket includes free Korean food at the event.

Buy Tickets: https://ROARCHI19.givesmart.com
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
While this event is all ages, people who wish to drink alcohol must present a photo ID at the door to receive a wristband.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately no. The event space is held on the second floor.

Can I volunteer and attend for free?
We love volunteers! Please contact roar@koreanamericanstory.org with any inquiries!


Stephanie H. Kim is a journalist who’s currently interning at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. She also helps people discover the magic of libraries at Deerfield Public Library and freelances for local newspapers. When she’s not working, you can find her spending time with her family and friends, connecting with people who share similar passions or daydreaming about the next creative project she wants to pursue.

Twitter – @stephaniehnkim

Sam Yu (they/them) is a second generation queer Korean American from Virginia who is now living in Chicago. Currently, Sam is part of NAKASEC (National Korean American Service & Education Consortium), a national group that organizes Korean and Asian Americans towards social, racial, and economic justice. In their free time, Sam enjoys listening to 90’s k-pop, unpacking their cultural identity, and watching Pose on FX. Twitter/Instagram – @nongshimhoe

Cassie Chee (she/her/hers) is a Chinese, Okinawan, Korean woman born in Los Angeles and raised on Duwamish land, also known as Seattle. Depending on who you ask Cassie is becoming a pastor, a nun, or a witch at Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary. She lives for printmaking, doodling, musicing, and co-creating with those who experience perpetual displacement and marginalization.

Deb ‘Debset’ Kim has been writing poetry since she was 12 years old. Her first attempts at spoken word date back to her high school days, when she first found clips of Def Poetry Jam on YouTube. Debset is now delving into freestyle and hopes to transition her writing into music. Instagram – @debset_

Steve Han is an actor/comedian in Chicago who is proudly not using his degree in biology from the University of Chicago at all. He has performed at venues such as Steppenwolf, Laugh Factory, and Second City, the latter of which he teaches improv at as well. He is extremely honored to be performing with ROAR and is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent. Social media: Instagram/Twitter – @steyonceknowles

Kris Kim is a lover of fruits, handwritten letters and dyeing her hair pink every couple of months. She is a Brooklyn baby at heart but is excited to learn + grow with the Chicago community and hopefully, find a home here as well. In addition to writing poetry, she is also an urban dancer, a sister, a friend and a wild ice cream fanatic. Instagram – @kristinakimm


July 19, 2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Logan Square Auditorium
Chicago, IL United States