Seoul Food: Short stories of a Korean American Living in Los Angeles

Seoul Food: Short stories of a Korean American Living in Los Angeles
By Dr. Sarai H. Koo

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Seoul Food is a creative non-fiction book about the lives of second-generation Korean Americans growing up in Los Angeles County–the Mecca for diversity of cultures. Targeting a young adult readership, Seoul Food captures snapshots of Korean lifestyles of as well as an inherent, sometimes shameful, dysfunctional family and lifestyle created by the disconnect between Korean-born parents and their American-born children. The book not only infuses the work with credibility, but also brings to light quintessential aspects, including universal issues confronting many youth of many cultures. Stories of Korean Americans’ private experiences may go unnoticed, or their lives may be misinterpreted. Most often, media portray Koreans as the model minority. Seoul Food wittingly and subtly unpacks these perceptions with a candidness and humor that will cause readers to rethink their assumptions. As Korean music, drama, culture, and food have spiced the lives of many people across the globe, Seoul Food is a literary work that will find its home in your heart.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1990261 in Books
  • Published on: 2014-01-28
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.50" h x .41" w x 5.50" l, .47 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 180 pages

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About the Author
Sarai has an earned Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Culture and Curricular Studies at Chapman University. Sarai received the Master of Arts in Human Development – specializing in Leadership in Education and Human Services as well as sub-specializing in College Teaching and Teaching Adults. Dr. Koo has extensive educational, life, and practical experience to develop life transforming holistic programs to help people discover their passions in life, provide the techniques to overcome obstacles, and find a path to live a happy life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5A Voice For a New Generation of Americans
By Onedeesse
I loved this book because it addresses the experience of a young Korean American living a bicultural identity. Although I am not Korean American, I related to her stories of navigating the home identity of her immigrant parents and the pressures to conform to American society (which is not easy). This coming of age story through the eyes of a young woman is a must read for high school and college level students because it hits on the themes of gender identity, ethnic stereotypes, adolescence and family relationships. This book can be integrated into an Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies and even an English course. The chapters are short, broken down into three major parts and the reading goes fast because each chapter story is interesting. Dr. Koo is an up and coming storyteller.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Engaging, thoughtful, and deep!
By Helen
Seoul Food gives a refreshing and truthful mix to the understanding of immigrant experiences in Los Angeles. Putting stereotypes of Asian American experiences on its head, it unveils the lives of Korean Americans and the struggles they've faced with identity and culture.Yet, beyond the cultural understanding it lends to readers, there is also a contemplative spirit about the author as she sincerely describes her experiences and thoughts growing up. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an engaging and light filled book with a deep message!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Seoul Food
By Hannah
Sarai Koo is able to beautifully capture the true complexities of what it means to grow up as a female Korean-American. Her stories will make you laugh, cry and inspire you to fully embrace your own life story.

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