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This part is silent : a life between cultures / SJ Kim.

Kim, SJ, (author.).


Born in Korea, raised in the American South, and trying her best to survive British academia, SJ Kim probes her experiences as a writer, a scholar, and a daughter to confront the silences she finds in the world. With curiosity and sensitivity, she writes letters to the institutions that simultaneously support and fail her, intimate accounts of immigration, and interrogations of rising anti-Black and anti-Asian racism. She considers the silences between generations--especially within the Asian diaspora in the West--as she finds her way back to her own family during the pandemic lockdown. Embracing the possibilities and impossibilities of language, Kim rejoices in the similes of Korean, her mother tongue, and draws inspiration from K-dramas and writers across cultures who sustain her. As borders close in and nations enter lockdown, the journey that Kim traces is fraught--and at once illuminates that the act of remaining present has its own power, allowing boundless hope. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781324064763
  • ISBN: 1324064765
  • Physical Description: 177 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-177).
Formatted Contents Note:
나무 아미타불보살 관세음보살(forgive me my eyeballs) -- We are moving to America -- 정(mother's tongue) -- (Water damage, dates unknown) -- Dear Manchester Chinatown -- 정오아빠에게-- 한년(Woamn [sic], white) -- 마음 (Home without Mom) -- Dear Manchester Chinatown (고은정).
Namu amitabulbosal gwanseeumbosal (forgive me my eyeballs) -- We are moving to America -- Jeong (mother's tongue) -- (Water damage, dates unknown) -- Dear Manchester Chinatown -- Jeong-oappa-ege -- Hannyeon -- Ma-eum (Home without Mom) -- Dear Manchester Chinatown, (Go Eun Jeong).
Language Note:
Chiefly in English with some Korean script.
Subject: Koreans > United States.
Immigrants > Korea (South) > Biography.
Immigrants > United States > Biography.
Immigrants > Great Britain > Biography.
Korean Americans > Southern States > Biography.
Korean Americans > Great Britain > Biography.
Koreans > Great Britain > Biography.
Racism > Southern States.
Asian diaspora.
Intergenerational communication.
Social distance.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Jefferson County.


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Jefferson County Library-Arnold 920 KIM (Text) 30061100287339 New Books Available -
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