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”I am more American than Korean in my mind, but I am more Korean than American in my soul.”In this poignant, bittersweet family memoir, K. Connie Kang tells the story of one of America’s most recent, and successful, immigrant groups: the Korean-Americans.The author’s tale is one of hardship, as wars twice force her family to flee their homes in Korea. It is also a story of heartbreak, as her new life in America, first as a student and then as a reporter, irreversibly separates her from her parents and their ...

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”I am more American than Korean in my mind, but I am more Korean than American in my soul.”In this poignant, bittersweet family memoir, K. Connie Kang tells the story of one of America’s most recent, and successful, immigrant groups: the Korean-Americans.The author’s tale is one of hardship, as wars twice force her family to flee their homes in Korea. It is also a story of heartbreak, as her new life in America, first as a student and then as a reporter, irreversibly separates her from her parents and their values. Ultimately, hers is a story of the lure of American freedom, and the wisdom offered up by a lifelong struggle to reconcile two vastly different cultures.Connie Kang, who came to the United States in 1961, interweaves her family’s story with Korea’s tempestuous recent history. Her grandfather, Myong-Hwan Kang, a nationalist organizer during the period of Japanese colonialism, is arrested and tortured for his activities. Only a few years after the victory over Japan, war breaks out with the Communists in the North. Connie and her mother escape on an all-night ride on top of a railroad car, and arrive as refugees in Pusam. Eventually they rejoin Connie’s father in Tokyo, and then Okinawa.As a college student in America, the author meets other Korean students, and for the first time grapples with the question of her Korean identity. Though she is drawn to the personal freedom in America, her emotional ties to her family and country are equally strong, setting the stage for a conflict of identities which has yet to cease. She becomes one of the first Korean-American journalists in the U.S., but still her family breaks up her intended marriage to an American. When she tries living and working in Korea, she finds the role of women too restricted. Finally she decides to settle in America. Now, as a reporter, she covers the Asian-American communities around Los Angeles, helping to bring to light the issues that affect recent immigrants like herself.In a warm, sympathetic voice that is refreshingly candid but never sentimental, K. Connie Kang has written the book on the Korean-American experience. It is a story that will touch us all.

Award-winning journalist K. Connie Kang renders a moving generational saga in this portrait of her family's passage from their ancestral Korean home. Part family biography, part history, part memoir, this book is an affecting, absorbing tale of family and country, and an essential book for understanding the greatest Asian migration in this century.

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In an unusually frank and vivid narrative, Los Angeles Times reporter and editor Kang chronicles her Korean-American family from the turn of the century to the present. Her grandfather, Myong-Hwan Kang, a resistance fighter against the Japanese occupation of Korea, was tortured and imprisoned twice by the Japanese, once in 1914 and again in 1919. At the outbreak of the Korean War, her family fled their ancestral home in North Korea, settling in Seoul, then Pusan and moving to Tokyo, where her father, Joo-Han Kang, an English teacher, was recruited to assist General Douglas MacArthur's command in the early 1950s. After an adolescence in Japan, the author studied at the University of Missouri in 1961, followed by Northwestern University. Then Kang moved back to Korea (1967-1970), marrying a white American Vietnam veteran against her parents' protests.The marriage fell apart in Baltimore when she refused to cut her ties to Korean ways. In the 1970s, as a reporter in San Francisco, she helped her family relocate and open a grocery store there. Writing with deep insight about Korea's tumultuous political history, her bicultural identity and the challenges facing Asian-Americans, Kang delivers a stirring, beautiful book. Photos. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201626841
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/1995
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    its very simple

    This journalist writing very simple think.Now this not much interesting for people .can you bileif that ,your book will never fade away in readers mind?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    A GREAT Book for Anyone Interested in Korean or Korean-American History and Culture

    This book was fantastic. I am white and other cultures, particularly Asian ones, have long interested me. For anyone who shares this interest or wants to find out more about their own culture and homeland, this book will be perfect for you! The book was never boring for me and often times I would find myself refusing to put it down, bargaining with myself that I could do this or that at a later time. I commend K. Connie Kang for all the details she found to put into this work. I would recommend this to practically anyone who can read.

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