Century of the Tiger: One Hundred Years of Korean Culture in America

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The immigration of Koreans to the US began in 1903, when Japan occupied their country. Most moved to Hawai'i. This beautifully illustrated book conveys the stories of these Korean immigrants and their lives in Hawai'i and the US in essays taken from autobiographical memoirs and fiction, some written for this volume, others excerpted from published works. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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The immigration of Koreans to the US began in 1903, when Japan occupied their country. Most moved to Hawai'i. This beautifully illustrated book conveys the stories of these Korean immigrants and their lives in Hawai'i and the US in essays taken from autobiographical memoirs and fiction, some written for this volume, others excerpted from published works. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Undertaken by the Korean Centennial Foundation to celebrate 100 years of Korean immigration to the United States, this book of essays, poetry, fiction and photographs of art is a complex tribute to a diaspora.mixing cultural history and emotive recollection. Arranged chronologically, the works begin in a chapter named "Land of Morning Calm," with the writings of Younghill Kang, the first Korean-American novelist. Folk songs, a photograph of the last queen of Korea (1851-1995) and quotes from an oral history of women who immigrated to Hawaii follow, along with portraits, objects like quilts and fans, and wooden dragons from the Honolulu Academy of the Arts. The objects illustrate writings by scores of contributors, like Chang-Rae Lee (Native Speaker), Gary Pak (A Ricepaper Airplane) and Walter K. Lew (Treadwinds). The "War and Liberation" chapter tackles the experiences of Koreans during World War II and the Korean War, while "Manse!" explores the Korean independence movement. The final chapter ("New Arrivals in a Changed America") begins with an introduction by Jenny Ryun Foster, herself an adoptee from Korea who arrived as a child in Chicago in 1974. This book tells an intricate story with care, but is more a collection of unexpected historical encounters than an exhaustive account. (Feb. 15) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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This heavily illustrated anthology of essays, fiction, poetry, and photographs commemorates 100 years of Korean immigration to the United States. Arranged chronologically in five chapters, each with its own introductory essay, these selections put into perspective the Korean American experience and cover such topics as the cultural history of Korea, its conquest by Japan, the first wave of Korean immigrants to Hawaii, the role of Koreans abroad in the movement for Korean independence from Japan, civil war and occupation, and the postwar wave of immigration to the United States. Authors range from Younghill Kang, one of the first Koreans to write in English, to American Book Award winner Chang Rae Lee. Some selections overlap with Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction, edited by a coeditor of this volume, Heinz Insu Fenkl, which features themes of family, social and sexual roles, and assimilation. More than just an anthology, Century of the Tiger is sumptuously illustrated with paintings by Korean American artists, reproductions of Korean art, and color photographs of Korean scenes and artifacts (not always identified). Sidebars feature short articles on Korean cultural items, examples of calligraphy, and ancient and contemporary poetry. A nice addition to most public and academic library collections on Korean history, culture, literature, and art.-Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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