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Going Against the Grain (Korean American Journey)

ISBN: 9780990838920
Publisher: Polla Books
Publication Date: 2015
Number of pages: 298
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Why? Because it is tradition. Because society says so. Because your parents told you to. This is what a young girl growing up in Seoul Korea is taught and expected to live by, and Sunnie was no different, at least on the outside. She dressed, spoke, and behaved obediently like the other girls her age; no difference between them. She learned her ideas about gender, age, society, and politics were ones to be safely kept to herself. So she went through life resenting the unfair double standards between the old and young, and men and women. Secretly questioning the practice of ancient traditions in a modern world, she went along with whatever she was told. She grew up, got married, had children, and became very successful, slowly accepting the Korean way and for a brief time pushing her childhood questions about society into the deepest depths of her mind, until suddenly a culmination of bad events left her family in financial ruins holding nothing but a plane ticket to New York City. Follow Sunnie's journey as the young girl living under strict Korean tradition grows into a woman starting over, completely from scratch in the United States. Her second chance. Who will she decide to be? This is a true story of heartache and triumph that explores women's rights, Asian and American culture, immigration, and most importantly the human experience through the eyes of a curious and lovable girl from Korea.

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