Korean American Books

Summaries and reviews of fiction and nonfiction books by Korean American authors,
books about Korean Americans and Korea, and Korean literature in English translation,
including some academic works and a sampling on the Korean War

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Bitter Fruit of Kom-Pawi by Taiwon Koh

One of the earlier Korean-American memoirs (published 1959), this was written to thank people who helped the author locate and send her three children to meet her and her husband in America, after the Korean War. The narrative is factual, dry, sometimes proselytizing, but the story itself is naturally compelling and full of fascinating cultural details that describe life in Seoul in the years toward the end of the Japanese Occupation and prior to the Korean War. This book is hard to find, and is Christian-themed.

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