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When two friends’ mothers meet, a Korean-American and Chinese-American, a young girl discovers the complexity of prejudices and loyalties.
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When two friends’ mothers meet, a Korean-American and Chinese-American, a young girl discovers the complexity of prejudices and loyalties.

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Orientation

The youngest of four, I was more at liberty than my siblings to break family rules. By the time I was ten, my two sisters and brother had paved the way for my less-strict childhood with their endured punishments and hard-won little freedoms. It helped that my parents, Korean immigrants, were worn down with my siblings’ teenage hormones raging, albeit silently, in the house. I stayed up reading until eleven on school nights when the rule was nine o’clock. I didn’t get yelled at if I broke a dish, and I ran the faucet while brushing my teeth. I played outside all day without being missed and got out of a host of chores, including sewing hems for my mother’s alterations business. We also weren’t allowed to visit friends’ houses, a rule that remained firm. My mother assumed reciprocity was expected and didn’t want to be obligated to other people. That phrase was like a barrier reef to everything I did—Don’t bother other people. Nor did she want other people to be obligated to us, so we weren’t allowed to have friends over. …

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About Eugenia

Eugenia Kim is a first-generation Korean-American whose writing is inspired by rich family history. An MFA graduate of Bennington College, she has published short stories and essays in journals and anthologies. She teaches fiction at...

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Published Reviews

Jun.03.2009

This debut novel, inspired by the life of the author’s Korean mother, is a beautiful, deliberate and satisfying story spanning 30 years of Korean history. The tradition-bound aristocratic calligrapher Han...

Jun.08.2009

Kim, Eugenia. The Calligrapher’s Daughter. Holt. Aug. 2009. c.400p. ISBN 978-0-8050-8912-7. $26. F

Kim’s debut is the first-person chronicle of Najin, a young Korean woman growing up during Japan’s...