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, April 25, 2018

Korea in War , Revolution and Peace: The Recollections of Horace G. Underwood

A personal memoir by the son of pioneering missionary Horace H. Underwood, this missive characterizes its narrator as a man of peace, involvement, equanimity, religiosity, service, and honesty. As he was president and on the board of Yonsei University for many decades, large swaths of the memoir cover this history. His preference is for missionary work to be demonstrated through service rather than straight-on evangelism, and the work of this family exemplifies that. It's an on-the-ground view of missionaries in Korea during the last days of the Japanese occupation period, WWII and the Korean War, and is a tender memoir of family and commitment to Korea by a "Korea Kid."

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