A Celebration of Korean American Women Authors

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A Celebration of Korean American Women Authors

Five accomplished Korean American women writers shared personal stories of alienation, struggle, and persistence.

We gathered at a converted firehouse in New York City’s Chinatown to celebrate five remarkable Korean American women writers: Patty Yumi Cottrell, Jimin Han, Min Jin Lee, Yoojin Grace Wuertz, and Jung Yun. The special evening was hosted by KoreanAmericanStory.org, and Vivian Lee, an anchor and reporter for NY1, moderated the panel.

Books and Awards

The authors published their novels within 12 months of each other from 2016 to 2017 and have received numerous awards and recognitions:

  • Patty Yumi Cottrell: Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (March 14, 2017)
    • Winner of Independent Publisher Book Award’s Gold Medal for First Fiction
    • A Spring 2017 B&N Discover Great New Writers Selection
    • One of Buzzfeed, Vulture, Nylon, and LitHub’s most anticipated books of 2017
  • Jimin Han: A Small Revolution (May 1, 2017)
    • Made must-read lists on Buzzfeed, Redbook Magazine, and CNN
  • Min Jin Lee: Pachinko (February 7, 2017)
    • National Book Award Finalist
    • New York Times Book Review Top Ten Of The Year
    • New York Times Notable Book Of 2017
    • USA Today Top Ten of 2017
  • Yoojin Grace Wuertz: Everything Belongs to Us (February 28, 2017)
    • New York Times Editors’ Choice
    • Longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize
    • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2017
  • Jung Yun: Shelter (March 16, 2016)
    • Finalist for the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award
    • Goodreads Best Fiction Book of the Year
    • Boston Authors Club's Julia Ward Howe Award
    • Longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize

Personal Immigrant Experiences

The women writers shared personal stories then answered questions from Vivian Lee and the audience. Many parts of their stories resonated with me. Like me, they were all born in Korea and immigrated to the US when they were young. They experienced isolation and alienation when they were adjusting to their new lives in America as I did. While straddling two distinct worlds, each of these women found their footing and paved their own path to become great Korean American authors. Their stories of struggle, persistence, and accomplishment were inspiring.

Korean American Voices

Events like this motivate us here at Doogaji to continue to work hard in adding our voice to the growing number of Korean American voices. Together, we expand the scope of positive examples for young people to consider and demonstrate the rich diversity in our community.

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