Res Gestae Christiani: My Time as the President of the Cambridge University Korean Society 2002-2003 is a very important primary source material for studying the history of Korean community in the United Kingdom in general and at Cambridge University in particular. This book contains rich data and historical information that can be used in historical examination of Korean-British history and experience. Many Koreans who received their education and degree from Cambridge University go on to play very important roles in politics, business, and society, and this book gives a picture of that reality. Former South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung received an honorary doctorate at this time at Cambridge.
Fabulous Korean Four: Autobiographies, edited by James Park, Jr., contain very interesting and distinctive autobiographies written by four very different Korean-Americans. Follow their interesting experiences as immigrants in the United States. Travel with them as they journey throughout life. See the world through their eyes. Understand the world in the way that they understand it. How do their experiences and views differ from your own and why? Reading this book and thinking about your own experiences can bring insights regarding who you are and wha makes you tick. Come to learn more about yourself as you engage this book and make it a axis through which you examine yourself.
Asian-American Life Stories: Achievements by Young Asian-American Leaders, edited by Benjamin Choe, is a very important book on the Asian-American experience in the United States. There are diverse contributions by Asian-American youths in this book that recount their own particular experience within their own ethnic community, whether it is Chinese, Korean, or another Asian ethnicity. This book allows comparison between different Asian subgroups. There is a shared Asian-American experience, regardless of nation of origin or ethnicity, and that makes Asian-American experience a unifying experience in the United States. This book has interesting stories with photos.
Memoirs / Autobiography
Korean-American Chronicles: As Recounted by Korean High School Leaders, edited by April Myung, contains autobiographies of high school students who identify themselves as Korean-American. However,Korean-American identity is more complex than meets the eye. For example, Rei Fujino Park whose faher is Korean and whose mother is Japanese grew up appreciating both cultures. She has participated in JROTC in her high school and lived with her father, who was a Christian missionary in Scandinavia, experiencing Scandinavian culture and languge. Primary sources in the form of autobiographies in this book will keep you enthralled!
Korean Youth Transitions, edited by Francis Won, has very interesting autobiographies written by Korean youths. Each of the writers is unique in his or her own way, and each autobiography is very interesting and informative. This book containing primary sources relating to Korean immigrant life can be a valuable source for high school classes emphasizing multiculturalism or college courses on ethnic studies or Asian Studies. Individual readers will enjoy reading an organized narrative of immigrant experiences, inflused with self-reflection and critical assessment of the the dominant culture. Francis Won's father is the first Korean Episcopalian pastor in the State of New Jersey.
Korean-American Voices of Youth in New Jersey, edited by Eshter Hah, contains writings by Korean elementary, middle school, and high school students from the state of New Jerey. This book is particularly useful for public school teachers who are interested in introducing or discussing multiculturalism and Asian-American culture with their students in the classroom. This book can be used to discuss the importance of primary sources for understanding reality and experiences of a people. Autobiopgrahies in this book can serve as a model to encourage public school students to engage in autobiography writing of their own to preserve their own life story.
Life Stories of Korean AmericanYouth, edited by Grace Jungmin Ko, contain autobiographies written by ten Korean American youth. These autobiographies written in the first person offer very important source material for studying the experiences of Korean American youth. Professors and scholars in Korean American Studies and Ethnic Studies departments in colleges can benefit from using this book for research and college course instruction. College students will enjoy reading this book and discussing it in class. This book contains color photos, including art works by the editor.
Korean-American Stories, edited by Ariel Raimundo Choi, contain autobiographical writings by Korean-Americans in New York and New Jersey. Ariel Raimundo Choi, the editor, is an immigrant from Argentina and considers himself as Hispanic. It is important to read about Korean Hispanics in this primary source collection. Ye-One Chung studied in the public school system in Israel and is fluent in modern Hebrew and wrote her autobiography in modern Hebrew. An English translation is provided. There are color photos of life events for each autobiographer.
My Korean Experience: A Road to the Future, by Julia Jeon, contains her autobiography with her artistic works (color photos). Julia Jeon immigrated from South Korea and has accomplished a lot during her short American life,which promises a great future of productivity and creativity. Read about her incredible journey and see her amazing art works. Julia Jeon is the First Place Winner of the 2009 Global Rev. Ham Suk-Hyun Essay Contest. Her father is an executive of the major Korean newspaper and her mother owned a successful pharmacy in Korea.
Edited by Grace Jungmin Ko