Lee departs from an Asian protagonist and examines the life of the emotionally bankrupt Italian-American Jerry and the people who surround him. Lee applies new light to familiar themes of a past death of a close family member (his wife), father-son issues, a woman he loves who give up on him due to his lack of expressiveness, one thing that redeems the protagonist from his own emotional disability. To portray a somewhat frozen and unlikable main character is risky, but Lee’s deft language and exploration of our interior lives and universal human themes overcome the distance that the people who touch Jerry feel. This is Lee’s third novel (Native Speaker, A Gesture Life) and his fourth, The Surrendered will publish March 2010.
A Ricepaper Airplane, by Gary Pak
From a hospital bed a dying man unfolds the tale of an arduous life on the fringes of a Hawai’i sugar plantation in the 1920s.
Culture and the State in Late Choson Korea, JaHyun Kim Haboush
Investigating the late sixteenth through the nineteenth century, this work looks at the shifting boundaries between the Choson state and the adherents of Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and popular religions.
Peace Under Heaven by Ch’ae Man-Sik
The story occurs within two days, and is a tragicomedy of greed, ambition, egoism and miserliness of the protagonist, Master Yun, and how his family circle augments and exacerbates those pitiable characteristics.
Lost Names by Richard E. Kim
Describes the life of a Korean boy (the author)south of Pyongyang during the harshest era of the Japanese occupation, 1930-1945.
The Golden Mountain: The Autobiography of a Korean Immigrant 1895-1960, by Earsurk Emsen Charr
Memoir. Interesting story of early childhood in northern mts. of Korea, outside of Pyeongyang.
Just as the Sky Is Blue…I Am Who I Am: Profile of Ameriie
I have said this many times and I am here to say it on record. Ameriie is one of the most under-appreciated singers – ever. Full stop. Girlfriend can truly sing. She is blessed with a voice that, for the life of me, I can not grasp why it has not brought her the same notoriety as those other less.
In about a month I will travel back home to Korea. This will be my third time back to the motherland and I am filled with an array of emotions over it.
KRB Podcast: Joon Chung
Joon Chung, comedian, filmmaker and editor from Staten Island shares his experience with KoreanAmericanStory, KRB 87.7 FM.
In the Shadow of the Sun, by Anne Sibley O’Brien
It’s been a while since I read a book, YA or adult, that captured me so thoroughly that I didn’t want to stop reading, and that I couldn’t stop thinking about until I finished reading it. IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN was such a book.