Having fled Japanese-occupied Korea for the gleaming promise of the United States with nothing but four dollars and a suitcase full of Shakespeare to his name, Chungpa Han arrives in New York. Struggling to support his studies, he travels throughout the United States and Canada, observing the idealism, greed and shifting values of the industrializing twentieth century.
Today is Korean American Day, a celebration of the considerable contributions of Korean Americans to our society. Starting with Younghill Kang, the father of Korean-American literature, there is a robust body of literature infused by this rich cultural background. Here are seven of our favorite recent novels by Korean Americans.