This issue of the Manoa Journal is a centennial celebration of literature of Korean Americans. Included are excerpts of books by early immigrants including Younghill Kang, Mary Paik Lee, Kim Ronyoung; and pieces by later generations such as Richard E. Kim, Connie Kang, and Heinz Insu Fenkl; and more recent immigrants like Chris McKinney and Don Lee. A poignant memoir piece by Chang Rae Lee is a fresh addition to the collection, as are pieces by less familiar authors. The wide format book is llustrated profusely with photos of art and images of Korea, food, details from Korean objets, art and clothing, and as a whole, speaks to the strong and ongoing cultural unity and pride of Koreans in America.
Hamburger Gim-Bap/Bus 1147
hamburger gim-bap and bus 1147 are 2 vignettes from the Korean-American writer, Mi Soon Burzlaff’s new book titled “Bravo your Life”.
Terrorism and Love
When the first tower fell, so did I. My body went completely limp as I crumpled to the ground in shock and tears.
Race(ism) 101 – Reflections on the Sa-I-Gu LA Riots
“The ultimate world-historical significance–and oddity–of Los Angeles is that it has come to play the double role of utopia and dystopia for advanced civilization,” Mike Davis, City of Quartz.
I was driving home, listening to 92.3 The Beat, a hip-hop radio station, when the acquittal verdict for the three police officers charged in the Rodney King beating was announced by the DJ. This was a year or two before the takeover of The Beat by DJ Theo Mizuhara, his silky voice becoming synonymous with all things hip-hop. I wonder if he would have been able to calm the rage of his listeners, whether his Japanese-American background would have meant anything for those calling in to voice their outrage and pain. I can remember how the ever-present sun made it necessary for me to put down the sun visor even though I was wearing sunglasses. It’s funny how you remember such tiny details.
Summer Camping While Black
Any parent of a child in New York City knows, all too well, that it is ridiculously expensive to raise a child here.
Night Sessions, by David Cho
This wonderful book of poems evoked tears, laughter, admiration and wonder.
Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea, by Keith Pratt
Published in 2006, this history of Korea provides a broad perspective on the traditions, culture, ancient foundations and recent divide of the peninsula.
Korean Folk and Fairy Tales, Suzanne Crowder Han
A representative sampling of Korean storieswhich have been passed down from generation to generation through spoken and written traditions.
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.