An imagined tale of the mother of three Korean girls the author adopted. This fictionalized story tells the sorrowful story of a simple orphan girl, in postwar Korea (mid-late 1950s) who works in a gourd shop. She comes to have an abusive boyfriend who also beats his wife, and eventually marries him, since she is downtrodden, not terribly smart and mostly without other options. The grandmother holds the strongest positive influence, but is old and ill and gives up kids at the end.
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.
Postwar Korean Short Stories: An Anthology, edited and translated by Chong-un Kim
This collection of 17 short stories by Korean writers covers the nihilism, inhumanity and hopelessness that marked the decade during and after the divisive Korean War.
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.