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

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Forever Alien: A Korean Memoir by Sunny Che

Interspersed with historical information, this memoir recounts the trials of a young Korean girl growing up in Japan during Japan's occupation of Korea, through liberation and the beginning of the Korean War. She faces racial prejudice, poverty and the mother dies from gangrene. A grisly detail describes her infection dripping from the coffin. The father becomes a licensed acupuncturist and life improves, although an evil stepmother, war, and moving back to Korea bring problems. The narrator eventually makes it to America with U.S. missionary help.

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