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Eugenia Kim is an MFA graduate of Bennington College, and teaches fiction in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program at Fairfield University. THE CALLIGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER is her first novel, and her second novel, THE KINSHIP OF SECRETS, will be published November 6, 2018..

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Project Eagle: The American Christians of North Korea in World War II, by Robert S. Kim


Tells a little-known story of a WWII initiative, Project Eagle, that, had it come to fruition and its expertise been taken advantage of, may have changed the course of Korean modern history. It covers an important and lead-up history of missionaries in Korea, both North and South, and their critical role in American early relationships in Korea, specifically the Weems and McCune families, whos Read more of this blog post »
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“It was pointless to worry about problems I didn't yet have.”
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“It was incredible, this human capacity for learning, for hope, for love, that persisted like to box of light in my cell, the waters that flowed in my dreams. It was beyond my understanding. Tears came as I surrendered to this wonderment of being.”
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“She kept her voice gentle and her eyes down, for without such softening traits, Haejung's mother had often said, a woman's presence would be like a thorn and not a flower.”
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