Korean Books & Culture

Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Events & Presentations , For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Once again I participated in a National Association of Korean Schools teachers conference – the second in a week – this one the New England chapter, in North Andover, MA. (It’s a complete coincidence that I did them back-to-back; this invitation came through another Korean acquaintance.) Annual gatherings like the two I attended offer teachers (mostly volunteers) from across a region the chance to connect and to gain new knowledge, skills and inspiration to improve the effectiveness of their instruction.   Korean schools usually meet on Saturdays or on Sunday...

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More Korean Connections

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Events & Presentations , Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on More Korean Connections

More Korean Connections

At her invitation, I joined my friend, Dr. Agnes Ahn, one of the founders and program coordinators of the Korea Studies Workshop at University of MA Lowell, for a whirlwind trip to Philadelphia this weekend.   Agnes and I keynoted at the National Association of Korean Schools, Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting. We each shared an overview of our life stories and our work: on Agnes’ mission to get Korea and Korean history into the Common Core, and on my book, The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea, as a tool to explore Korean history, culture and positive bicultural...

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Considering North Korea

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Considering North Korea

Considering North Korea

Here’s my latest piece at Korean American Story, about my relationship to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, and the process of learning more about it as I’ve developed my young adult novel-in-progress, In the Shadow of the Sun, which is set there: “Despite having lived within two hundred or fewer miles of the dividing border for much of my childhood, I only thought of the northern half of the Korean peninsula on occasion. My earliest associations were of spooky, dramatic names like ‘No Man’s Land’ and the ‘Bridge of No Return,’ from our...

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Homecoming

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Homecoming

Homecoming

My latest essay for KoreanAmericanStory, “Homecoming,” is an account of our June trip to Korea and a retrospective of our family’s life there:  Community health outreach, Koje Island, 1970s (Dad in center in cap) “Kojedo in the late 1960s – especially the northern township of Ha-chung which issued the invitation to the Project to use it as a demonstration site – was one of the poorest areas of South Korea, a place of fierce beauty and physical challenge. When we arrived in 1969 at the Project site (a 7-acre peninsula), there were no paved roads, no...

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Back to Camp

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Korean Books & Culture | 4 comments

Back to Camp

Once again I spent an August week at Camp Sejong, a Korean culture camp in New Jersey, my fifth time as the Creative Writing teacher. It was such a pleasure to be back in this remarkable, multi-age Korean American community of staff, teachers (including a 13-member delegation from Ewha University in Seoul), teen and young adult counselors (including many former campers), and campers from age 7 to 15. This year the theme was Life Cycles, with a particular focus on the first and 60th birthdays. In writing sessions, we brainstormed about birthdays, birthdays and adoption (about half the campers...

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The INNERview

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on The INNERview

The INNERview

During my June trip to Korea, I was invited to be the subject of “The INNERview” on Arirang TV. The hour-long program, #71, aired the week of July 8.  It can be viewed on YouTube here. Arirang TV (livestream here) broadcasts 24/7 news, culture and all things Korean, in English, for overseas Koreans and the English language community in South Korea. The INNERview includes a wide range of interesting subjects – Koreans, Korean Americans, and a few foreigners like me who’ve made deep connections with Korea. Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of the taping: Kim Cha Ryung...

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