Man Sei! The Making of a Korean American by Peter Hyun

By Peter Hyun

During this autobiographical account of lifestyles in Seoul previous to the March First rebellion in 1919 and exile in Shanghai afterwards, Peter Hyun vividly describes what it used to be wish to develop up in an occupied Korea subjected to jap colonial rule. The son of a member of the Korean Provisional govt in Exile, Hyun offers an intimate portrait of that small band of Korean revolutionaries who saved alive the desire of Korean independence. they've been all yet forgotten or overlooked, and their tale, advised by way of an eyewitness, represents a valubale historic checklist. on the center of the tale are the author's father, the patriot Reverend quickly Hyun, and his mom, Maria Hyun, a unprecedented girl of braveness and integrity.

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That was the distasteful part of otherwise most delightful visits to my “Other House” grandparents, for when we returned home late at night, I would have to swallow the bitter brew of the herb medicine.  It was said that unless a bowl of this duk­guk—“cake soup”—was eaten on New Year's Day, a Korean could not add another year to his life.  The player might choose any route, but each horse had to cover all twenty spaces to finish the race. The number of spaces a horse might jump was determined by a toss of the “Yoot”: four pieces of finely carved sticks, each of which had a flat side and a round side.

Yongcha!  Lift high!  Lift! Yongchigi Yongcha!  Yongcha!  Lift high!  Lift!  The Japanese had forbidden even the showing of any pictures of Korea's historical past.  They would then sing and slap their thighs loudly to the rhythm of the musicians and the dancers.  But without any visible strain, the bearers moved in graceful steps and raised their voices in a mighty chant: Yongchigi Yongcha!  Yongcha! Yongchigi Yongcha!  Yongcha!  Every now and then a new bearer would dash over and relieve another without missing a step or interrupting the rhythmic movement.

Umma Page 31 would eventually prepare these mountain plants into an irresistible springtime delicacy.  I would imitate his stuttering and wobbling and run around him in circles trying to make him fall down.  So it was under the quilt that I first discovered the intriguing secrets of a girl.  To me, there is nothing that smells as wonderful as Korean bul­go­gee, the thin slices of marinated beef broiling on a charcoal fire.  What a heavenly picnic! Page 32 When the lunch was over, we trekked up the hill following the stream until we reached the spot where the water was gushing out of the cracks in the rocky mountain.

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