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

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Girl-Son, by Anne E. Neuberger

Taken from the autobiographies of Induk Pahk, (a personal family friend), this story targeted toward youth boils down Pahk’s early years and her persistence in gaining an education. It portrays turn-of-the-century Korean life and culture with the kind of details that make the story real and poignant, and the trials and bravery of both mother and daughter toward self-improvement are truly inspiring. What is missing is Pahk's deep Christian faith, and the cover illustration shows a Westernized vision of Korea in that era. Pahk’s three books are September Monkey, Wisdom of the Dragon and The Cock Still Crows.

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