Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Jiye Kang originally hailed from South Korea. Having grown up in a household with world maps everywhere, she always felt curious about the world. As a young girl, Jiye often dreamed about exploring the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and learning about different cultures and people. With the advantage of having a family Stateside, she moved to Huntsville, Alabama to experience the different cultures and languages. Acclimatization in a new environment while balancing one’s identity has been a fascinating topic for her. This encouraged her to pursue her dream of working for the UN. In pursuit of these goals, she got her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Florida State University. After her studies, Jiye decided to continue her journey as an anthropologist. Jiye has since focused on the value of cultural diversity and holistic perspectives on human cultures, although this has not always been easy.
In 2017, Jiye moved to Haifa, Israel to get a master’s in archaeology. She loves digging in archaeological sites and studying material cultures from past societies. Jiye believes that archaeological finds are a reflection of human behaviors in the given time and that it is essential to have deeper understandings. She is currently preparing her master’s thesis on Tel Tsaf pottery decoration in the Middle Chalcolithic period in the Southern Levant. In addition to her research, she participates in the excavations to have hands-on experiences all over Israel. Once she finishes her degree, she plans to carry on and complete her Ph.D. in anthropology in the U.S..
Whenever Jiye takes a break from school, she spends her time hiking and camping. Being outdoors and wandering around Israel definitely gives her opportunities to see distinctive geographical aspects and ecosystems. Desert camping with friends in Bedouin campsites is one of her favorite activities. She also loves going to the local “Shuk,” which is equivalent to a farmer’s market, to practice her Hebrew.