Ten Years Ago…

It’s hard to believe, but this marks the ten-year anniversary of my first novel’s pub date. The cover that currently shows on Amazon is the much superior paperback version. The original looked like this.

The less said about that one, the better! Anyway, according to good old Google, a typical 10th anniversary is celebrated by a diamond or a blue sapphire. I have just the thing.


What you see above is the working cover of the Korean edition of Everything Asian. Perhaps not as blue as a sapphire, but there are diamonds in there for sure. Rumor has it that it’ll appear sometime in June this year. I’ll have more to report in the coming months, but pretty cool, right? Ten years in the making, as it turns out. I’m absolutely thrilled that family back in the motherland can finally read it.

For a nostalgic look back at the book launch, check out the photo from KGB Bar!

On AAWW Radio

The fine folks at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop are featuring an event I did back in 2015!  Please give it and the other fine shows a listen.  Here’s how:

Website: http://aawwradio.libsyn.com/

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Essay in The New York Times: The Unexpected Branch on the Family Tree

I just realized that I neglected to put this on my blog, so now the circle is complete.  I must say, I love this artwork — I have a feeling Giselle Potter found a headshot of mine on the internet, which explains my long hair, but how in the world did she nail my mother’s likeness?  Giselle, you are amazing.

“Froggy,” in The Korean Quarterly

The kind folks at The Korean Quarterly have printed an essay of mine in their summer issue.  In case you aren’t familiar with the publication, here’s a primer:

Korean Quarterly is a non-profit quarterly newspaper, written by and about the Korean American community of the Twin Cities and upper Midwest. We define this community to include first and second generation Korean Americans and their families (including non-Korean family members), adopted Koreans and their families, and bi-racial/bi-cultural Korean American people.

The Korean Quarterly staff, contributors, and advisory board consist of first, 1.5 and second generation Korean Americans, adult adopted Koreans and adoptive parents of younger adopted Koreans.

Even though they have a presence on the internet, they publish their quarterly on newsprint only.  You know, newsprint — that thing that we wrapped fish in, crumpled to pack boxes, and also read occasionally.

But since we live in modern times and since you cannot actually read my essay unless you subscribe to The Korean Quarterly, here it is, from paper to smartphone to Dropbox to my website.  I suggest you click on the graphic in order to read it, since the type’s gonna be too tiny to read as is.

Froggy

A reflection on one woman and her love-hate relationship with a car

[FYI, it’s about my mom and her Volkswagen Beetle]

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