My Treacherous Journey: Guided by the Wisdom of a Korean Mother

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My Treacherous Journey will propel you into the heart -- and unspeakable depths -- of the Korean War and its effects on the poorest civilians. In riveting detail, Kyung Soon Yun relates her life as a child and young adult in Korea, coming to America, and her experiences in her new country. Kyung Soon is the youngest daughter of a Korean family. In her daily struggles to help her family survive the war's devastation, she is encouraged by her mother's wisdom and insight. When her beloved mother dies, Kyung Soon ...
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Overview

My Treacherous Journey will propel you into the heart -- and unspeakable depths -- of the Korean War and its effects on the poorest civilians. In riveting detail, Kyung Soon Yun relates her life as a child and young adult in Korea, coming to America, and her experiences in her new country. Kyung Soon is the youngest daughter of a Korean family. In her daily struggles to help her family survive the war's devastation, she is encouraged by her mother's wisdom and insight. When her beloved mother dies, Kyung Soon continues valiantly to protect her younger brother and help her father. Her journey becomes bleak but she always draws strength from her mother's wise encouragement. In My Treacherous Journey, Kyung Soon shows her love for Korea -- describing its culture and beauty -- and she shows wonderful insight in describing many of the old ways. Her story includes details of Korean medicine, religion and astrology, family bonds and honor, traditional clothing, housework, agriculture, travel, and the daily struggle for food. For Kyung Soon, these were an ordinary part of the fabric of her life, but they are from a culture that is quickly becoming lost. In this epic story of a young woman's triumph over adversity, we see clearly the resilience and strength of the human spirit.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781587830211
  • Publisher: Elton-Wolf Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 440

Table of Contents

Introduction iii
Chapter 1 The Year of the Horse 1
Chapter 2 Crossing the 38th Parallel 12
Chapter 3 Mother Could See through My Soul 17
Chapter 4 The Farmers' Lifestyle 27
Chapter 5 Just Before the Korean War 34
Chapter 6 The Korean War in 1950 46
Chapter 7 The North Korean Soldiers Take My Father 61
Chapter 8 A Narrow Escape from a Machine Gun 78
Chapter 9 My Mother Has Only Two Years to Live 100
Chapter 10 Shipload of Refugees 118
Chapter 11 Wind, Rock, and Women on Cheju Island 131
Chapter 12 Mother's Legacy 146
Chapter 13 Looking for Our Father 166
Chapter 14 I Eat My Pride 182
Chapter 15 Money, Money, Money! 197
Chapter 16 Cruel Tricks Played Upon a Motherless Girl 213
Chapter 17 Shuffle Me Around 224
Chapter 18 Desperate People Do Desperate Things 240
Chapter 19 A Bomb Explodes 255
Chapter 20 I Run into a Trap 272
Chapter 21 By Midnight, You Will Die! 292
Chapter 22 Blinded by Love 300
Chapter 23 My Agonizing Lifestyle Explodes in Anger 309
Chapter 24 A Shield of Secrecy 325
Chapter 25 Be Kind to Your Enemy 342
Chapter 26 Father Chooses a Bride for His Son 351
Chapter 27 First Love Breaks My Heart 360
Chapter 28 A Dream Love Fades Away 370
Chapter 29 A Stepping-Stone 379
Chapter 30 Tough Love 397
Chapter 31 I Say Good-bye to My Cousins and Friends 408
Chapter 32 I Am Betrayed 418
Chapter 33 Twenty-four Hours of Hell Before the Dawn 434
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