In the Official Larry Bird And Magic Johnson T-Shirt in addition I really love this first fitting for my dangui, before I was able to name any medieval Korean kingdom, I contemplated what the phoenix resting on my chest represented. I owe that initial curiosity in part to the scholarly intensity of designer Hyesoon Kim, whose painstaking work has preserved an ancient geopolitical art form. Then there was my mother-in-law’s stewardship of family legacy, and even my mother’s early attempts to introduce tradition in my modern American life. I think about these tiny transfers of civilization often as I consider my own approach to motherhood. It reminds me why we tell tales that begin with “once upon a time”—how we find meaning in stories that stretch across eras and oceans. For my little daughter, who recently wore her first hanbok and will inherit mine, I hope the land it speaks of will not seem so far away.