To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea

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Overlook, Jan 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
An unforgettable memoir weaving the author?s childhood with five generations of Korean history

Against the backdrop of modern Korea?s violent and tumultuous history, To Kill A Tiger is 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 woman?s 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 Tiger Lee 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.

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Memoir of growing up female in the male-dominated Korean culture of the 1960s and '70s.Lee's grim book borrows its title from a myth that one of her grandmothers—many greats removed—sacrificed ... Read full review

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Wonderful book in understanding dynamics of a Korean family against the backdrop of Korea's history.

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About the author (2010)

Jid Lee came to the United States as an inter-national 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.

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