Singer-songwriter Connie Lim, better known as MILCK, hosted an intimate concert and storytelling show on Monday through Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA).
The event was sponsored by the Penn State Center for Gender Equity. Lim was invited to share her story and experiences of domestic violence with the Penn State community.
She first became famous when a video of his song, “Quiet,” went viral in 2017 after the Women’s March in Washington, DC The music video racked up 11 million views, and the song was sung by choirs around the world. Additionally, she won a Billboard Award for Best Protest Song of the Year and signed a contract with Atlantic Records.
Lim’s journey to songwriting and performing began when she was just 6 years old. She said she would use music as a way to express the things that she couldn’t explain or talk about in her day-to-day life. Sometimes she even wrote to be the hero of her own story.
“I do art to raise awareness of things, so I identify as an advocate,” Lim said.
Lim went on to say that she faced many challenges growing up, such as both of her parents immigrating from China and being at the forefront of racist remarks, as well as facing adversity being a woman of color. in an already difficult music industry.
“I knew it would be an uphill battle because I didn’t see anyone like me,” Kim said. “I was told to go back to China. I have been told that Asians are not cool enough to be musicians.
She then took these hardships and devoted the majority of her time and energy to helping others.
“Now I’m more focused on my craft and the purpose of my energy,” Lim continued, “if I have to exert energy to play tonight or talk tonight, what is it? Is this about me or Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or Connecting with Human Beings? “
She said her two main goals now are her campaign against domestic violence, I Can’t Keep Quiet, as well as Someone is beloved, which was founded after the death of Breonna Taylor to bring attention to systemic racism and racial justice.
As she said before, Lim calls herself a lawyer. She then used her resources through Atlantic Records and said half of her team worked on social justice initiatives, while the other half focused on music. She says it’s more about portraying and spreading these stories to the world rather than acting like she’s helping.
At the end of the talk, Lim turned the conversation to the audience and asked the crowd questions. This made it possible to share personal struggles or simply share participants’ thoughts and opinions aloud. MILCK said she learns the most from hearing other people, and that’s exactly what the Penn State community has done.