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 29, 2009

Century of the Tiger: One Hundred Years of Korean Culture in America 1903-2003, by Jenny Ryun Foster et al

This issue of the Manoa Journal is a centennial celebration of literature of Korean Americans. Included are excerpts of books by early immigrants including Younghill Kang, Mary Paik Lee, Kim Ronyoung; and pieces by later generations such as Richard E. Kim, Connie Kang, and Heinz Insu Fenkl; and more recent immigrants like Chris McKinney and Don Lee. A poignant memoir piece by Chang Rae Lee is a fresh addition to the collection, as are pieces by less familiar authors. The wide format book is llustrated profusely with photos of art and images of Korea, food, details from Korean objets, art and clothing, and as a whole, speaks to the strong and ongoing cultural unity and pride of Koreans in America.

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