Books about Korea

A book called “So Far From the Bamboo Grove” by Yoko Kawashima is historically inaccurate, but it is on the required reading list of thousands of schools through the United States. The book suggests that Koreans treated the Japanese cruelly during World War II. The reality is that Japan occupied Korea from 1910-1945 and attempted to eliminate Korean culture by forcing Koreans to take Japanese names, practice a Japanese religion and prohibited Korean from being spoken. The Japanese also forced women to be sexual slaves, forced Koreans to be human test subjects for liquid nitrogen tests or their biological weapons development program. They also stole over 75,000 cultural artifacts from Korea during this time and killed at least 20 million Asians including Chinese, Koreans.

To learn more about this period, I recommend the following books:

Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Coloina Korea 1910-1945 by Hilda Kang

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi

A Brief History of Korea by Hyoung Sik Shin

When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

If you cannot find these books in your local or school library, please consider donating some.

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