This beautifully rendered graphic novel is fairly explicit in telling the coming-of-age story of the protagonist, Ehwa, whose mother runs a tavern. Ehwa discovers her body, blossoms into her adolescence, and becomes enamored of a young monk and a farmer’s son home from school with a hurt arm. She gives up the monk at the end, in favor (in her thoughts) for the farmer’s son. Much flower analogies, beautiful illustrations. Mother as a tavern owner puts up with a lot of guff from her wine drinking customers, but she herself has an occasional lover, a traveling salesman. This is Part I of a trilogy. Translated by Lauren Na.
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.
Among the Flowering Reeds: Classic Korean Poetry Written in Chinese by Jong-gil Kim
This translation does fine justice to the subtlety of poetry, especially this genre that is suffused with nature as analogy, illusion and reference.
The Choi Family
“The Choi Family” is a fictionalized account of the family, whose last name is “Cho”, and the events surrounding them after the Virginia Tech massacre.
KRB Podcast: Jannie Chung, Part 2
In this week’s Korean American Story with KRB (87.7 FM), Jannie Chung, Councilwoman of Closter, NJ, shares about her brother’s tumultuous adolescence, and the turning point that made him into a monk. Don’t be surprised to find yourself laughing and crying at the same time!
Asian American International Film Festival
We are happy to announce that we are partnering with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) to promote the following programs! Please take advantage of our 25% Community Partner discount rate for any program at AAIFF (excluding Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night). Go to http://aaiff.org/2016/schedule and enter the promo code KASaaiff16 after you’ve added your desired ticket(s).
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
The accolades for this fine, epic novel are deserved. In her second novel, author Min Jin Lee follows members of a family (and many equally fascinating ancillary characters) from the Japanese Occupation era in Korea, to the Korean diaspora in Japan, up to 1989.