Art, Book, deli ideology, eBook, Fiction, ideology, Korean-American, Literature, Novel

Deli Ideology: A Novel

Thanks everyone for your support and kind words on my photography. It’s certainly a passion and something I enjoy and do for fun. I have an upcoming trip to upstate NY and the MA area to capture more late fall snapshots so please be on the look out.

I want to take a minute and let you know that being a writer and filmmaker is my first occupation.

My first novel DELI IDEOLOGY is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes (iBooks) for all of your digital reading devices including tablets and smartphones. The book is about a young, educated Korean-American woman who finds herself working a job as a deli cashier alongside immigrants from around the world during the economic recession. It takes place in New York and Seoul.

It’s a book that captures the marginalized woman’s experience who toes a line as an immigrant, woman of color and an American.

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Please check it out and as always, I appreciate your kind support.

Sincerely,

Grace

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Art, Film, Photography

Busan: 부산

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IMG_0460.JPGI took these in Busan. It’s the city I was born in before our family moved to New York in 1992.

The woman in the hat with her head turned is my aunt. She’s my dad’s older sister. She has two sons–my cousins who are both a couple of years older than I am–but one of them passed away at the age of 27. I was 22 when I heard the news. It was really shocking and horrible. Despite her loss, she’s a strong woman with a generally positive outlook on life and I love her for that.

The women with the hats and the rubber gloves are “hae-nyeo”–otherwise known as women of the sea. They’re diver women who forage underwater for seafood like sea urchins, sea cucumbers, clams, oysters, mussels, etc. It’s a historic profession: these women who lived by the ocean had to dive for food in order to feed their children while their men were drafted away to war.

They’re profession is becoming rare. A Fulbright fellow from the same year as me named Liz Chae made a film called THE LAST MERMAIDS in 2009. It’s about the divers of Jeju island: http://arts.columbia.edu/film-program-liz-chae-09soa

 

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