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East to America: Korean American Life Stories edited by Elaine H. Kim and Eui-Young Yu [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]

East to AmericaA collection of oral histories of 38 diverse Korean Americans, from recent immigrants to third-generation Americans, who offer vastly different, sometimes startling perspectives as a result of their gender, economic background, education, career, religion, etc.

From the introduction: “It is popularly thought that Asians come ‘West’ from the ‘East.’ Most Korean immigrants, including the ancestors of U.S.-born Korean Americans, moved east to America, although their paths have been circuitous rather than linear or unidirectional. Thus, while our title has its shortcomings, it does call into question the centrality of the ‘West.'”

Review: “Asian American Titles,” What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature, Gale Research, 1997

Readers: Adult

Published: 1996

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