Home Was the Land of Morning Calm: A Saga of a Korean-American Family

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I am more American than Korean in my mind, writes K. Connie Kang, "but am more Korean than American in my soul. As for my heart, it is split in half."

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 ...

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Overview

I am more American than Korean in my mind, writes K. Connie Kang, "but am more Korean than American in my soul. As for my heart, it is split in half."

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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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: 9780738208695
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

K.Connie Kang was reared and educated in Korea, Japan, and the U.S. She is a reporter for The Los Angeles Times, specializing in Asian-American Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Prologue ix
Acknowledgment xix
1. Losing the Country (1900-1910) 1
2. The Resistance 27
3. Japanese Colonial Rule (1910-1945) 46
4. Liberation Is a Cruel Hoax (1945-1950) 64
5. The Korean War (1950-1953) 96
6. Japan (1952-1958) 126
7. From Okinawa to America 148
8. Going Home (1967-1970) 186
9. Back to America (1970-1987) 214
10. Rediscovering the Real Home (1987-1989) 241
11. Back to America, Again 275
Epilogue 291
Suggested Reading 301
Permission Acknowledgments 309
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