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, June 1, 2011

Yankee Hobo in the Orient, by John Patric

The egomaniacal libertarian John Patric self-published (and signed) a large number of additional printings of this book, originally pub'd by Doubleday in 1945. An adventurer and recluse, Patric traveled on pennies throughout Japan, China, and Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s. This loquacious text reports statistics of the area and times, and tells anecdotal incidents during his travels, both mundane and disturbing. It is a unique slice of the times as seen from one unique fellow, who later became somewhat of a character-recluse in Washington State. More about Patric and what became of him can be found on a blog by Erich Schlaikjer.

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