Remembering Korea 1950: A Boy Soldier's Story

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Remembering Korea 1950 fills a unique and important gap in Korean War literature. Particularly interesting is H.K. Shin’s description of the effect of war on civilians. Their homes obliterated, their possessions looted, and their family structures destroyed, they mixed with soldiers as they fled and, with the soldiers, died in air raids and artillery barrages. This is an important book for anyone striving to understand the Korean conflict. It is equally valuable in presenting an unsanitized picture of warfare as it actually affects people—soldiers and civilians alike.” —William Dannenmaier, author of We Were Innocents: An Infantryman in Korea

“Without question, Shin’s memoir is an important book . . . . This inside view and Korean perspective of the conflict yields a unique voice that has been sadly missing in much of the translated literature. Similarly, it is an extremely important narrative for anyone who wants to understand the human dimensions of the Korean conflict, especially the plight of refugees on both sides of the 38th Parallel. Despite its brevity, it’s a powerful chronicle of those events.” —Jeffrey Miller, The Korea Times

“Putting memories to paper after fifty years, Shin writes as clearly as if he witnessed the events just yesterday . . . an eyewitness account of the real cost of war.” Korean Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874174823
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


After the war, Hyung Kyu Shin came to the United States, studying at the University of Utah before joining the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is professor emeritus of chemistry. A renowned scholar, he is the author of numerous articles on theoretical chemistry and chemical physics. This is his first nonscientific work.
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