Elizabeth Kim Message Board
Kimie Chadwick posts on 12/13/2009 8:36:32 AM
Korean society is far more Confucian than Japanese. Considering the lack of freedom of individuality and demand for comformity in Japan, I can imagine the enormity of difficulty a woman might have faced with a fatherless Eurasian in Korea in 50's, particularly in backward villages. I know an academic whose Japanese grandmother killed herself during the war; out of shame having a half breed. Honour killing (which is absolutely nonsense) is quite common amongst poorly educated people in Middle East even today!!I have nothing but empathy and respect toward Ms Kim. She is so brave!
Christina Sundberg posts on 12/13/2009 7:41:06 AM
I don't know enough about Korea to judge whether that part of the book is correct. I've just read what other people have written about it. But is it totally impossible, that something like what Ms Kim described could have happened in an Koran village fifty years ago? Of course, I haven't heard about honor killing in the Far East anywhere else. But I've heard about how women in Korea, or was it Japan, had to commit suicide, if they were raped, because of the shame. So I don't find it totally unbelievable, that a Korean woman could have been killed by her father and brother, if they thought she had shamed the family. Maybe some details are off (she was very little, when this happened, so we can't expect her to remember so much), but unless Elizabeth Kim is a total liar (and I hope she isn't), I believe she must have gone through some terrible things in her life.
Kimie Chadwick posts on 12/13/2009 5:50:48 AM
In one review someone said that there were holes in description of Korea. I disagree totally. Being Japanese, of almost the same age as the author, I know very well what happened to fatherless Euasians. Some may choose to ignore, but attitudes described in her book were all true. I don't think honour killing occurred in Japan though. I was very touched and moved by her story. The amount of pains physical/emotional the auther might have suffered since her early childhood, absolutely indescribable. I have found her style easy to read. If I were near you, I would run to you and hold you in my arms.
Jagoda Niska posts on 8/7/2009 10:16:14 PM
I Just finished reading Elizabeth's book.
She has touched me very deeply.
I feel as I had to say goodby to a very special friend. That's the reason I want to express how I feel.
I just feel I want to give you a big hug.
Thank you so very much for the loving-kindness at the end of your book.
With greatest respect,
Lynne Kennedy posts on 5/24/2009 9:05:46 AM
A truely wonderful read, it moved me to tears, there is so much cruely done in this world especially to children who don't have a choice or a voice.
This book should be translated into every language.
Humans really need to be kind to one another first - bfore any religion or culture.
Thank you Elizabeth Kim for sharing your story.
Simon Zonenblick posts on 4/21/2009 7:54:42 PM
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Tukcha Kim posts on 4/10/2009 9:13:46 PM
What an amazing writing is! I've never sat to read books that late at night. I was enthralled every words Elizabeth Kim wrote. I am Korean, grew up in Korea, so English is my second language and I am still struggling to use it correctly. My first impression was the picture on the cover of the book. "Wow! What a pretty girl! I want to kiss on her cheek!" Once I started reading, I shed tears a lot mixed with my experiences with my family, especially my brothers in Korea. I admired her Omma who were so brave, beautiful and spirited which I could see in her daughter, Elizabeth. I could totally make pictures the austere beauty of the mountain, rice paddies, and people's inhumane attitudes toward two wonderful people: mother and daughter. The author described all things together truly well: the Korean nature and the relationship between Omma and daughter. I grew up in the small farm village, Korea and my son and I weren't allowed to visit that small village for 10 years since I married a man my family against. I wish I could have a chance to meet Elizabeth Kim. Or I wonder whether I can write to her through her email address!! I want to translate this book into Korean. Elizabeth, you are so beautiful with great spirit!!!
Ui Jeong posts on 3/14/2009 5:07:30 AM
My name is Cho, Ui Jeong. I am an overseas Korean who lives in Taiwan. I¡¦ve read ¡§Ten Thousand Sorrows¡¨ and was very touched. I want to show my respect to Mrs. Kim.
Cheryl rose posts on 2/1/2009 8:33:39 PM
I just saw another site and this book is shown as Fiction - Historical Fiction I am puzzled
Christina Sundberg posts on 11/17/2008 8:46:52 AM
Hmmm yeah, even if only half of the things, that Elizabeth wrote about, has happened to her in real life, she's had a bad life.
I just don't understand why someone would write a phony autobiography, and I hope Elizabeth isn't one of those people, who have done that.
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