SOUTH KOREA: THE ACCIDENTAL TRANSLATOR

ANDREA PLATE WRITES — Lizzie Buehler, 25, raised in Texas, is the translator of The Disaster Tourist, South Korean author Yun Ko-eun’s first novel to be translated into English and published in the US recently. This truly original book is about international tourists who thrive on visiting world-famous tragic sites…

SOUTH KOREA: BIG GAINS AND NOTHING LOST IN TRANSLATION

ANDREA PLATE WRITES — Imagine watching your mother and grandmother being stabbed to death in a random attack on Christmas Eve, and showing no emotion. This is Yunjae, the protagonist of Sohn Won-Pyung’s Almond (HarperVia), first published in 2017 and translated into English this May. Why the title Almond? First, because the human brain…

DIVORCE, NORTH KOREAN STYLE

(This is the fifth in an original series about new wave feminist writers in Korea whose work has started to reach English language readers via superb translations.) ANDREA PLATE WRITES — Thirty-eight years. That’s how long it took for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to approve, for publication in…

BOOK REVIEW: A SOUTH KOREAN AUTHOR TELLS A UNIVERSAL TALE

(This is the fourth in an original series about new wave feminist writers in Korea whose work has started to reach English language readers via superb translations.) ANDREA PLATE WRITES — “Fitting into middle class society is getting harder and harder for the younger generation.” So says Kim Sagwa, author…

KOREA: NEW WAVE LITERATURE AS WOMEN’S LIBERATION

ANDREA PLATE WRITES – (This is the first in an original series about new wave feminist writers in Korea). It was big news in 2016 when the novel Kim Ji-young, 1982, by author Cho Nam-Joo, awakened a semi-somnolent women’s movement in South Korea. The book sold one million copies—only the second novel in the…

FROM LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY: BIRTH OF ASIA MEDIA PRESS

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL has concluded a negotiation with Marshall Cavendish International Asia to launch a joint book publishing operation, with an elite number of titles originating from the AMI West Coast operation from the campus of Loyola Marymount University. The well-known Singapore-based international publisher of a wide variety of book…