Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, The Center for Fiction, The Center for Korean Research, NYU Creative Writing Program, and Nodutol.
Jimin Han ( A Small Revolution, 2017) and Yoojin Grace Wuertz (Everything Belongs to US, 2017) read from their new novels, which interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics. Both books follow university students, whether in the US and in Seoul, as they fall in love, build friendships, and understand how they relate to the turbulent changes in South Korean society. President Park Chung-hee’s 1970s authoritarian industrialization lays in the background of Wuertz’s novel, while Han’s flashes back to the student protests that helped inculcate Korean democracy. Moderated by former AAWW Open City Fellow E. Tammy Kim of The New Yorker editorial staff.