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A graphic novel that perfectly demonstrates the Asian parent’s way of saying “Have...

“How did mom cook up all those dishes from her tiny kitchen? For so many years? Umma’s table was bigger than the kitchen itself.”  Come, let us gather around Umma’s table in this graphic novel....

A new translation of “The Nine Cloud Dream” shares a classic and beloved Korean...

Written in 17th century, The Nine Cloud Dream is a significant piece of Korean literature that is deemed to be a masterpiece. In 2019, Penguin Classics published a new translation by Heinz Insu Fenkl. This classic...

The novel “The White Book” delicately threads themes of life, innocence, death and grief

“Is it because of some billowing whiteness within us, unsullied, inviolate, that out encounters with objects so pristine never fail to leave us moved?” (Page 79, The White Book.) The White Book by Han Kang...

“East Goes West” illustrates the life of an Asian immigrant in the 1920’s in...

Originally published in 1937 and set in the 1920s, East Goes West by Younghill King follows the experiences of Chungpa Han, a young man who immigrates from the Japanese occupied Korea to the United...

“The Human Jungle” illustrates the complex system of human relationships as communist China merges...

“…it was the law of the jungle — the strong would survive while the weak were devoured.” pp 321 The Human Jungle, or literally translated, the Great Wall Jungle, takes readers on an expedition into...

As stories unfold in “Flowers of Mold”, so do the characters’ grasps on...

In Flowers of Mold & Other Stories, Seong-Nan Ha takes readers on an unsettling journey into the minds of seemingly ordinary individuals. This collection contains 10 unique stories that will make readers gasp out...

Novel How I Became a North Korean shows how “maps are borders that...

How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee is a four-part novel that follows three individuals who cross borders to China. Based on real-life testimonies of North Korean defectors, Krys Lee depicts their...

The complexities of Korea under Japanese colonial rule, in the words of its own...

Sunset: A Ch’ae Manshik Reader This past summer, a popular Korean television series called Mr. Sunshine allowed viewers to have a glimpse of the Japanese colonial era through the lens of Korean independence fighters. Like...

“The Accusation”: Short stories and poetry out of North Korea

Nuclear weapons. Dictatorship. Communist. Secretive. Kim Jong Un. Totalitarian. What words come to your mind when you think of North Korea? With continued fears about the threat of nuclear weapons, North Korea is frequently featured...

‘mina’ chronicles the unspoken tolls a highly competitive South Korean society has on its...

Often ranked as having one of the best education systems in the world, South Korea annually boasts high standardized test scores. However, hidden behind those scores are the youth who daily carry the burden of living in a highly competitive, academic-driven society. In mina, Kim Sagwa explores the psyche of Crystal, the protagonist, and her relationship with her best friend Mina, and Mina’s brother, Minho.