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

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Golden Mountain: The Autobiography of a Korean Immigrant 1895-1960, by Earsurk Emsen Charr

Memoir. Interesting story of early childhood in northern mts. of Korea, outside of Pyeongyang. Charming though narrow point of view tells of travels and dreams of America, then his arrival. He soldiered in WWI, struggled for an education, made connections with generous Christian friends, and worked toward US citizenship, many times denied and ultimately gained. Dated, but notable for being the first KA memoir. Younghill Kang’s East Goes West is the more literary and compelling version of this story and setting.

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