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

Irma and the Hermit: My Life in Korea, by Irma Tennani Materi

Opinionated, condescending, racially and culturally patronizing narrative of life within USMGIK as the wife of a colonel who trained Korean constabulatory, domestic police, then the Coast Guard. A distinctly provincial and domestic portrayal of U.S. quonset-hut life, including appliances and bathroom details.

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