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Ten Thousand Sorrows: the Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan

by Kim, Elizabeth

  • ISBN: 9780385496339
  • ISBN10: 0385496338

Ten Thousand Sorrows: the Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan

by Kim, Elizabeth

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish date: 05/02/2000
  • ISBN: 9780385496339
  • ISBN10: 0385496338
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Description: They called it an "honor killing", but to Elizabeth Kim, the night she watched her grandfather and uncle hang her mother from the wooden rafter in the corner of their small Korean hut, it was cold-blooded murder. Her Omma had committed the sin of laying with an American soldier, and producing not just a bastard, but a honhyol -- a mixed-race child, considered worth less than nothing. Dumped at a Christian orphanage in postwar Seoul like garbage, bleeding and terrified, Kim unwittingly embarked on the next phase of her extraordinary life when she was adopted by a childless Fundamentalist pastor and his wife in the United States. Unfamiliar with Western customs and language, but terrified that she would be sent back to the orphanage, or even killed, Kim trained herself to be the perfect child. But just as her Western features doomed her in Korea, so her Asian looks served as a constant reminder that she wasn't good enough for her new all-white environment.

After escaping her adoptive parents' home only to find herself in an abusive and controlling marriage, Kim finally makes a break for herself by having a daughter and running away with her to a safer haven -- something her Omma could not do for her. Unflinching in her narration, Kim tells of her sorrows with a steady and riveting voice, and ultimately transcends them by laying claim to all the joys to which she is entitled.

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