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Paula Junn

California Institute of Integral Studies
Program Coordinator
San Francisco
After spending her early childhood in the United States, her family moved to Seoul, Korea when she was six years old. The culture shock hit her in a way she didn’t expect. Her classmates and teachers at school bullied her, and it is during this hard time that she started to write a lot of poetry and stories. The writing ultimately saved her.

At the age of eighteen, she returned to the U.S. to go to college, where she was hit with another wave of culture shock. The thick language barrier kept her from studying subjects of great interests to her like psychology and sociology. Instead, she immersed herself in art classes and discovered that she had an artistic side and continued to foster that side of her. Furthermore, She discovered the healing power of the Arts. She truly believes in that power to this day. She dreamt of becoming an Expressive Arts Therapist, because it made sense to her to combine her interests in psychology, the arts, and helping people.

​When Junn realized that therapy is a type of storytelling, she took the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling. Her experience at the organization taught her how great a tool storytelling is in building community.
She has recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts at California Institute of Integral Studies. She works with stories (written and oral), photography and jewelry.