Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz read and discuss their new novels, which interrogate Korean politics of the 1970s and 80s.
July 13, 2017
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Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz are two Korean American novelists whose new novels interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics. Both books follow university students, in the US and Seoul, as they fall in love, build friendships, and understand how they relate to the turbulent changes in South Korean society. President Park Chung-hee’s 1970s authoritarian industrialization lays in the background of Wuertz’s novel, while Han’s flashes back to the student protests that helped inculcate Korean democracy.
The conversation that follows the authors’ readings is moderated by former AAWW Open City Fellow and New Yorker writer, E. Tammy Kim.
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