A Korean American novel and mystery about 24-year old Suzy Park who is a court interpreter estranged from her past. Her parents were murdered in their greengrocer shop in Brooklyn, and her sister has been strangely absent for longer than that. A mystery is slowly revealed about the confluence of events surrounding the parents’ death and sister’s disappearance, and by learning the truth about her past, Suki comes to accept her own truths and disappointments, and her perceived failures in her own life.
I have been inspired, once more, to re-learn my native tongue.
Korean-American Population 1910 – 2010
KoreanAmericanStory.org compiled the data from the Decennial US Census to determine the number of Korean-American population from 1910 – 2010, broken down by State.
It is a fascinating overview of the history of Korean-American immigration, but to better understand the political and historical reasons behind these immigration patterns
My Korean American Story: Matthew Salesses
I am reading I Wish for You a Beautiful Life right now, for the first time, suggested to me by another Korean adoptee. It is a book of letters from birth mothers to their babies, letters I wish had come packaged with us.
Modern Korean Literature, Peter H. Lee
Translations of contemporary (up to 1990) Korean writings include poetry, fiction, essays, and drama, predominantly focus on the difficult, tragic and resilient history of Korea during the twentieth-century.
To Swim Across the World, by Ginger Park
A fictionalized biography of the lives of the parents of authors Frances and Ginger Park.
The Wisdom of the Dragon, by Induk Pahk
A lovely illustrated collection of Korean proverbs, including such gems as “There is a flaw even in jade…”.
The Color of Earth, by Kim Dong Wha
This beautifully rendered graphic novel is fairly explicit in telling the coming-of-age story of the protagonist, Ehwa, whose mother runs a tavern.
Fox Girl by Nora Okja Keller
A young girl discovers that her mother is really her stepmother (who hates her) and is tossed out of house.
I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children, Sara Dorow
Heart wrenching real letters full of the Korean han the inner passion, especially pain and longing that is so deeply felt and most often expressed as rivers of tears.