Jane Kim

Bond and Lafayette Sts

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Photograph: Jay Muhlin

What do you do? I'm a producer for Poke New York. We're the bad boys of digital marketing. I also work with JellyNYC to put on the McCarren Park Pool Parties, and I write a column called "Jane Says" for KoreAm Journal.

And what does Jane say? Well, recently I wrote about how, when I was younger, my parents would Saran Wrap anything valuable: TV remotes, the dials on the oven...I used to make fun of them. Then I got an iPod. I was like, I don't want this shit to get scratched, so...Saran Wrap! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

How old are you? Um, that's TBD.

Aren't you, like, 25? [Laughs] When you find a gray pube, you feel incredibly old.

Ha! There's always dye. Where are you from? Starrett City, Brooklyn.

Didn't I learn about that in sociology class? Yeah—it was the first place where they purposely combined a certain number of people from every race. There were, like, 1,000 Asians, 1,000 whites, 1,000 blacks, 1,000 Hispanics—something like that.
[Editors note: The size of the Starrett City complex is 140 acres, which houses 46 towers, 5,881 apartments and its own post office.]

Are you Korean? Yeah. A lot of people speak to me in Japanese because I dress stylishly. It's always pervy, like, "Konichiwa, wanna come over here? Me love you long time," and shit like that.

I'd have liked to think we were beyond that. We're so not. Recently, I yelled back, "I'm not Japanese! If you're gonna say something, fucking say it in Korean!"

—Kate Lowenstein

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"My boyfriend is in the band Mogwai. His official title is guitarist and noisemaker. He's always the last one onstage, fucking around and making the most excruciating noise."

"Apparently, this is a Palestinian solidarity scarf. I didn't realize that when I bought it. My bodega guy says I shouldn't be wearing it because I'm a woman."

Jane says: "I like stress and drama. I'm so go, go, go, go, go that it takes someone to sit me down and be like, 'Breathe.' One of my friends tried to tell me to put my head between my legs. I punched her."

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