CKS Faculty Member Gary Pak Publishes New Work

image: book coverThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press this month pub­lish­es a new work by Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Gary Pak. Pak is a pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Manoa. His lat­est book is titled Broth­ers under a Same Sky, described by the pub­lish­er as a “sto­ry of a strug­gle toward heal­ing, uni­ty, and per­haps a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between love and hatred” placed in a set­ting of “the social and polit­i­cal dis­rup­tions and forced sep­a­ra­tions that have char­ac­ter­ized the his­to­ry of mod­ern Korea.”

The publisher’s syn­op­sis of the book:

Nam Kun and Nam Ki Han, broth­ers born on a Wahi­awa sug­ar plan­ta­tion, could not have been more dif­fer­ent. Prag­mat­ic and stub­born, Nam Kun duti­ful­ly sup­port­ed his fam­i­ly but refused to become “one Chris­t­ian fanat­ic” like his wid­owed moth­er and youngest sib­ling, Nam Ki. When Nam Ki is draft­ed into the army at the start of the Kore­an War, he tells Nam Kun that as a Chris­t­ian he can­not kill. “You got­ta do it,” Nam Kun replies, think­ing the war will make a man of this “mama’s boy.”

Nam Ki finds refuge from the chaos and bru­tal­i­ty of life as a sol­dier in his love for a young Kore­an woman, a Chris­t­ian. He returns after the war to search for her and dis­cov­ers she has become a pros­ti­tute. With his sense of real­i­ty shat­tered, Nam Ki must choose between his faith and all that he has wit­nessed in war-torn Korea. Broth­ers under a Same Sky explores the social and psy­cho­log­i­cal tur­moil expe­ri­enced by Kore­an Amer­i­cans dur­ing and after the war but, more impor­tant­ly, it exam­ines the individual’s deci­sion to keep—or betray—a fun­da­men­tal belief in human good­ness.

Pak’s ear­li­er books include Chil­dren of a Fire­land, A Ricepa­per Air­plane, and The Watch­er of Waipuna and Oth­er Sto­ries.

Broth­ers under a Same Sky is avail­able through book deal­ers or direct­ly from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press. For more infor­ma­tion, see http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-8994–9780824836054.aspx.