Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction

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Since the 1930s, Korean American writers have come to maintain an important place in our national literature, publishing some of the most exciting fiction of the twentieth century. The stories in this first anthology of Korean American fiction represent the very best work of these writers, including several pieces published for the first time.
Contributors include Patti Kim, Chang-rae Lee, Susan Choi, Heinz Insu Fenkl, Leonard Chang, Nora Okja Keller, and Richard E. Kim.

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Heinz Insu Fenkl, director of creative writing at SUNY, New Paltz, is author of the award-winning Memories of My Ghost Brother. Walter K. Lew is the editor of the acclaimed poetry anthology Premonitions and Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple: The Poems of Frances Chung and the author of several books of poetry.

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Editors Fenkl and Lew explain that the title of their cornerstone anthology of Korean American fiction refers to the phases of a Korean shamanic ritual, or an "intersecting of one world with the other." Worlds do indeed overlap in the novel excerpts assembled here, cultural clashes the editors carefully explicate in their clarifying introduction. Strained relations between Korea and the U.S. are rooted in racism and fallout from the Korean War, subjects that shape all of these works even as each author focuses on a particular form of cultural dissonance. Me-K Ahn, for instance, poignantly explores the fate of Korean adoptees, while Kim Ronyoung and Leonard Chang dramatize tensions between Koreans and African Americans in the aftermath of the L.A. riots. From Younghill Kang (1899-1972), the first Korean American novelist, to Chang-rae Lee, Nora Okja Keller, and lesser-known but no less compelling writers, Kori presents a sampling of highly literary and profoundly moving voices integral to the moody song that is America. Donna Seaman
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