Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The Bitter Fruit of Kom-Pawi by Taiwon Koh
One of the earlier Korean-American memoirs (published 1959), this was written to thank people who helped the author locate and send her three children to meet her and her husband in America, after the Korean War. The narrative is factual, dry, sometimes proselytizing, but the story itself is naturally compelling and full of fascinating cultural details that describe life in Seoul in the years toward the end of the Japanese Occupation and prior to the Korean War. This book is hard to find, and is Christian-themed.