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When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
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Jul 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: multi-cultural

Linda Sue Park presents an accurate, and most importantly, an authentic version of the Japanese invasion of Korea. She uses the voices of 10 year old Sun-hee and her older brother Tae-yul as they struggle to maintain their identity and dignity, they are forced to give up many of their customs, such as not being able to use their Korean names. Because she is tells the story of her own family, the story leaves a greater impact. I feel that this is a great multicultural book to add to any classroom library as many students today are facing similar issues of assimilation as they struggle to fit in to America. Therefore, this book provides a way to teach an important part of history as well as a way to connect it to students’ present day life.
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