Seattle Opera: Malcolm X Leader
Home Authors Posts by Helena Goos

Helena Goos

5 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

‘Skull Water’ awakens us to the peace found in the repeating cycles of life

If you’re looking for a book dramatically grounded in land, culture, and people, Skull Water fits the bill. Set in South Korea 20 years after the war, Skull Water follows the adventures of Heinz,...

‘Flawless’ uncovers the sinister real story of the Korean beauty industry

In grounded and humorous prose, Elise Hu tells the stunning (pun intended) and sinister story of the Korean beauty industry and its rise to global prominence in Flawless. Hu does an excellent job laying...

E.J. Koh’s ‘The Liberators’ grapples with borders, real and imaginary

E.J. Koh’s style flirts with the boundary between stream of consciousness and internal monologue the same way her story flirts with hope and despair. She moves in between characters, and their stories, weaving together...

A Korean poet presents queerness as something natural, strange and assumed

Syntax that seems like mistranslation gives way to a psychedelic atmosphere, like a queer Alice in Wonderland. Up is down, down is up, the Earth is a mass crematorium for androids. The author seems bent on...

A valuable history of the Gwangju Uprising

There have been only a few times that I remember hearing about Korean politics in American media. The most recent was the North Korean missile crisis of 2017-2018 where all my friends made jokes...