Born in 1900, Lee’s aristocratic Christian family fled Korea in 1905, fearful of the plight of their famiy with Japan’s growing political influence and imminent colonial takeover. Her family were among the earliest emigres to California and her father was reduced to an agricultural laborer. They faced harsh living conditions and always mistaken for Japanese or Chinese because of U.S. ignorance about Korea at the time, she suffered much racism, particularly after Pearl Harbor. Her courageous spirit is the focus as she fought for civil rights and early social change. Detailed historical and contextual matter by Sucheng Chan enriches this memoir.
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.
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.