To Kill a Tiger : A Memoir of Korea

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/7/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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An unforgettable memoir weaving the authorís childhood with five generations of Korean history Against the backdrop of modern Koreaís violent and tumultuous history, To Kill A Tigeris a searing portrait of a woman and a society in the midst of violent change. Drawing on Korean legend and myth, as well as an Asian womanís unique perspective on the United States, Lee weaves her compelling personal narrative with a collective and accessible history of modern Korea, from Japanese colonialism to war-era comfort women, from the genocide of the Korean War to the government persecution and silence of Cold War-era pogroms. The ritual of storytelling, which she shares with the women of her family, serves as a window into a five-generation family saga, and it is through storytelling that Lee comes to appreciate the sacrifices of her ancestors and her own now American place in her family and society. In To Kill A TigerLee provides a revelatory look at war and modernization in her native country, a story of personal growth, and a tribute to the culture that formed her.

Author Biography

Jid Lee came to the United States as an international student and became a citizen in 1989. She holds degrees in English from Korea University, SUNY Albany, and the University of Kansas. She is the author of the book From the Promised Land to Home and a tenured professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.

Table of Contents

A Note on Authenticityp. 9
A Woman Who Wished to Be Eaten Alive by a Tigerp. 11
The Stolen Grapesp. 16
My Little Dogp. 28
Love Thy Enemy, They Sayp. 35
Peppersp. 45
Exiled in His Own Countryp. 62
Stealing a Dreamp. 75
The Good Vampiresp. 80
Summer Perilsp. 88
Under the Gunp. 101
Dead Man Speaksp. 112
Shakespeare on a Grass Roofp. 122
Love in a Dust Stormp. 144
To Seoulp. 156
A Woman Who Flew Down from the Moonp. 166
My Mother's Daughterp. 188
Aunt Minsoon, the Comfort Womanp. 208
Women Whose Marriages to the Gods Were Successfulp. 227
Battle Fatiguep. 241
They Were Nice Fellowsp. 262
No Gun Rip. 267
Conjure the Devilp. 274
Lucid Dreamingp. 285
Homeward Boundp. 290
Love Made Me Grow Tallp. 306
My Father's Daughterp. 313
An Amaryllis in a Stone Fieldp. 326
Hope for Reunionp. 333
No-Name Statep. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 345
Indexp. 347
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