To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea

To Kill a Tiger A Memoir of Korea Against the backdrop of modern Korea s violent and tumultuous history To Kill A Tiger is a searing portrait of a woman and a society in the midst of violent change Drawing on Korean legend and myth
  • Title: To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea
  • Author: Jid Lee
  • ISBN: 9781590202661
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea
    Against the backdrop of modern Korea s violent and tumultuous history, To Kill A Tiger is a searing portrait of a woman and a society in the midst of violent change Drawing on Korean legend and myth, as well as an Asian woman s unique perspective on the United States, Lee weaves her compelling personal narrative with a collective and accessible history of modern Korea, frAgainst the backdrop of modern Korea s violent and tumultuous history, To Kill A Tiger is a searing portrait of a woman and a society in the midst of violent change Drawing on Korean legend and myth, as well as an Asian woman s unique perspective on the United States, Lee weaves her compelling personal narrative with a collective and accessible history of modern Korea, from Japanese colonialism to war era comfort women, from the genocide of the Korean War to the government persecution and silence of Cold War era pogroms The ritual of storytelling, which she shares with the women of her family, serves as a window into a five generation family saga, and it is through storytelling that Lee comes to appreciate the sacrifices of her ancestors and her own now American place in her family and society.In To Kill A Tiger Lee provides a revelatory look at war and modernization in her native country, a story of personal growth, and a tribute to the culture that formed her.
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  • Spanning five generations, this memoir explores the author s upbringing and the sociopolitical climate of Korea during the last century through the anecdotes and interpretations of her family The tales come mainly from her father as told to her mother Fathers, we learn, would only discuss such matters with their sons and sometimes their wives, but never with their unworthy daughters.Historical lessons such as these are strewn throughout the text, interspersed with details from Lee s day to day l [...]


  • Jid Lee s memoir of Korea is a fascinating blend of her family s personal and of South Korea s traditions, histories and politics The author not only recounts her personal experiences as a child and young woman in South Korea, but also explores in depth South Korea s recent history, the concept of class in this society, the importance of education to the South Korean people and why, despite a marked emphasis on education for both men and women, the feminist movement in Korea has progressed so ve [...]


  • Although it did take me a while to get into this one at times I found the writing to be a bit dry , this was still an enjoyable read for me.After reading so many memoirs written by North Koreans, I was thrilled to find one written by someone who grew up in the South It was wonderful to be given a South Korean s perspective on the War and the dividing of her country and to learn about her childhood and life living south of the DMZ It s fascinating how very similar the lives of both North and Sout [...]


  • If you have an interest in Korean history and culture in the 1950 and forward This is a portrait of a young girl in a typical Korean household where women were not held in any esteem Her journey to change that culture Very well written and amazing.


  • In this book, the author describes the extreme hardships tigers she endured growing up, due to the culture of her generation in South Korea.After WWII, North Korean dictator Syngman Rhee and South Korean dictator Kim Il Sung both conducted witchhunts to root out political dissidents, torturing and killing them Kim was aided by the U.S in his oppressive endeavors The author s father engaged in anti government, pro socialist activities as a college student, and as a consequence, was expelled from [...]


  • This is exactly the book I wanted to read A mix of personal memoir intimately linked with Korean history, politics, and culture The author writes passionately, and takes a strong stand on her opinions I ve read a lot of non fiction about the Korean War and about North Korea But I knew I needed to read from Korean authors not American Western writers This was a wonderful place to start The author opened my eyes a bit to alternative stories, and untold stories about the war and the divide as wel [...]


  • I have always been interested in novels, memoirs, historical fictions about the development of the East, with a particular interest in China, Japan and Vietnam I must admit that I know very little about Korea and found To Kill a Tiger to be a great intro to a war I know so little about.Jid Lee provides a disclaimer at the beginning of the book that although heavily researched, some of the parts of this memoir was based on her memory Despite this, I am satisfied with the fact that this is an accu [...]


  • This is the kind of book that makes you grateful for your own childhood The author says that as she grew older, she realized how liberal her family really was, in comparison to those of her peers If that is true, it makes you realize how traumatic growing up female in a Confucian society really must ve been I can t imagine what it s like to grow up and be constantly told that your brothers are better than you simply because they re boys I can t imagine getting poorer food, less warm clothes, or [...]


  • In this memoire you can enjoy the vision of the protagonist Jid Lee she reflects, in part, changes in the life of a Korean woman Her passions and her determination to be free are the creative forces that produce her success and achievements in life.The intensity of drama in To Kill a Tiger can be compared with the best operas in the world Reading this book I learned how sweeping historical forces between North and South Korea shaped and directed everyday life on the Korean Peninsula The author o [...]


  • This memoir by Jid Lee starts with her birth in South Korea in 1955e writes of the turmoil that followed the separation of Korea into a North and South and the occupation of the country by the Japanese She describes the hardships imposed on families and living under a dictatorship that covered the country of South Korea with a regime of fear and murder that obliterated many lives senselessly and uncountable.She also writes of womens lives in a society ruled by men who believed women were there t [...]


  • Among many things, I like the folklore in this book The genies who give gold to good storytellers and give shit to bad storytellers are fascinating They are a unique version for the Koreans belief in the power of language, but universal to all the cultures They remind me of Arabian Nights Her grandmother who tells the author about these genies needs a place in history She is one of those unsung heroes whose sacrifices made it possible for the author to succeed and eventually create a place of he [...]


  • After being immersed in Chang Rae Lee s novels, mostly concerning Korean fathers and sons, it was very interesting this combination memoir and recent history of Korea The writer, a daughter in the middle of the family of Big Brother, Less Big Brother, Big Sister and Little Sister, she vividly describes the traditional Korean emphasis and special treatment of the boys in the family She replays scenes from her childhood that sizzle with her indignation and resentment, as well as her longing for es [...]


  • This book opened my eyes toward a different world Until I read her book, I used to think my life is was hard, but this book told me that there are other people who struggle than I do Anyone interested in Korea should read this book One will get a very descriptive, comprehensive view about Korean History and culture She can pack in so much in just 320 pages I hope someone makes this book into a movie.


  • I found Jid Lee s life story fascinating While the family dynamic broke my heart I was encouraged to see the ways the family was forward thinking and supported each other Being quite ignorant to the history of South Korea I found Lee s account to be quite eye opening The history told from her perspective is riveting My one criticism would be the dialogue between Lee and her mother often felt forced.


  • Korean culture was somewhat of a mystery to me, as I ve not had much exposure to it As an American, I was shocked to learn Ms Lee s perspective on what it felt like to grow up as a second class citizen in her country that favored everything male Her book goes behind the scenes to reveal the challenges and courage that it took for a young girl to survive and succeed in a male dominated society.


  • I read this mostly while administering CASAS tests this spring It was an informative memoir and interesting introspective work Not the most compelling story I ever read, but a pleasant read overall.


  • This book provided a very interesting look into life in Korea in the decades following The Korean War Well written and well narrated, though a bit slow at times, I quite enjoyed the book Four stars


  • It was an interesting read but choppy at times It provides a different perspective of the Korean War and post war Korea and acknowledges the biases that both sides have developed Not a bad addition to my Korean literature library.


  • This is a wonderfully crafted book which leads the reader into a deep and heartfelt understanding of aspects of Korean culture by combining several generational and gender narratives as well as historical interpretations into a complex , yet enthralling story.


  • I learned so much about the history of Korea and Korean family culture Though this book must be taken with a grain of salt, it is invaluable when trying to understand the inner workings of Korean culture, thinking, and motivation.




  • The eye opening content makes up for the dry style this book s a fabulous example of how narratives teach what other nonfiction can t.



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