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Jid Lee Grows Up After The Forgotten War

New America Now, Audio, Sandip Roy Posted: Mar 30, 2010

Editor's Note: Sandwiched between World War II and the Vietnam War, the Korean War is, for many Americans, the forgotten war. But for Koreans who grew up in the aftermath of that war, it changed their lives forever. Jid Lee's family lived in genteel poverty in a Korea that was under a ruthless Capitalist dictatorship, as a counterweight to the tyrannical Communist north. Her memoir, To Kill A Tiger, is both about the politics of that time, as well as growing up as a young woman in a Confucian country where her brothers were treated as Gods.

"Our destiny," she writes, "was in the hands of the three men of the family. Father, big brother, less big brother."

Lee is now a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.

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