America’s Media: Make Amerika Hate Again
In the United States, anti-Japanese sentiment had its beginnings well before World War II.Racial prejudice against Asian immigrants began building soon after Chinese workers started arriving in the country in the mid-19th century, and set the tone for the resistance Japanese would face …
by Elizabeth Kim | May 2, 2000 Get it as soon as Thu, Jan 16
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They called it an “honor killing,” but to Elizabeth Kim, the night she watched her grandfather and uncle hang her mother from the wooden rafter in the corner of their small Korean hut, it was cold-blooded murder. Her Omma had committed the sin of lying with an American soldier, and producing not just a bastard but a honhyol–a mixed-race child, considered worth less than nothing.
Left at a Christian orphanage in postwar Seoul like garbage, bleeding and terrified, Kim unwittingly embarked on the next phase of her extraordinary life when she was adopted by a childless Fundamentalist pastor and his wife in the United States. Unfamiliar with Western customs and language, but terrified that she would be sent back to the orphanage, or even killed, Kim trained herself to be the perfect child. But just as her Western features doomed her in Korea, so her Asian features served as a constant reminder that she wasn’t good enough for her new, all-white environment.
After escaping her adoptive parents’ home, only to find herself in an abusive and controlling marriage, Kim finally made a break for herself by taking her daughter and running away with her to a safer haven–something Omma could not do for her.
Unflinching in her narration, Kim tells of her sorrows with a steady and riveting voice, and ultimately transcends.