2018/19 Book Catalog

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Literature · Fiction


Under the Sky of Seoul Written by J. M. G. Le Clézio and translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé

• An exploration of Seoul — its landscape and its stories by Nobel Prize winner J. M. G. Le Clézio • Five stories weave a single tale across reality and fantasy in Seoul Bitna: Under the Sky of Seoul is Nobel Literature laureate Le Clézio’s portrait of Seoul—its people and its places—rendered with an intimate familiarity and attention to detail that few non-Korean writers, not to mention non-natives of the Seoul, could replicate. The eponymous main character, Bitna, is a nineteen-year-old in her first year at university, and a recent transplant to Seoul from Jeollado. As it was for Le Clézio, the city is for Bitna an unfamiliar, crowded, and lonely place. By chance, Bitna gets a part-time job telling stories to Salome, a woman with an incurable illness who now spends her days at home, waiting to die. Bitna’s stories open up a world of adventure for both Bitna and Salome. Through these stories, Le Clézio takes the reader on an extensive journey through Seoul, from the back alleys around Sinchon and Hongdae to landmarks like Gyeongbokgung Palace, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Bukhansan Mountain, and the Hangang River. At a certain point, the reader will discover that the stories in Bitna are intertwined, and that they resonate in real ways, whether their substance is true or imagined, fact or fiction.


Dec 2017 | 216 pages | Hardcover: US$ 24.00 Softcover: US$ 14.99 | 5.04 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-107-4

Literature · Fiction

THE VOICES OF HEAVEN Written by Maija Rhee Devine

A tale of one family’s varied and imperfect manifestations of love during the throes of the Korean War—and its aftermath

“Most people are shocked by Seoul’s changing spirit. It is a city in motion, much like a reflection on turbulent water.” –J.M.G. Le Clézio, Nobel Laureate and author, Bitna: Under the Sky of Seoul

During the final years of the Japanese Occupation, when most Korean brides and grooms were married sight unseen, Gui-yong and Eum-chun strike gold by finding a love as sweet as sticky rice. But their love for each other and for their secretly adopted daughter is not enough, as they must soon accept the impossible—a mistress moving in to bear Gui-yong, the male child deemed necessary in a society still smoldering in Confucianism. After the Korean War drives the family apart, it falls on the shoulders of their adopted daughter, Mi-na, to figure out how to keep her parents’ love burning through this life and into the next— and ultimately make sense of the past.

May 2013 | 306 pages | US$ 16.00 Softcover | 7.48 x 5.11 x 0.85 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-003-9

“A realistic sketch of a Korea that few Westerners have seen . . . A complex, uniquely Korean love story that shouldn’t be missed.”

–Kirkus Reviews

Literature · Fiction


A North Korean Kkotjebi Boy’s Quest Written by Moon Young Sook and translated by David Carruth

North Korean boy Yeong-dae becomes a beggar to survive and crosses the Tumen River in search of his missing sister ✓ ✓

Yeong-dae: an ordinary boy who becomes a kkotjebi, prisoner, and finally a defector

Learn about the heartbreaking human rights abuses against North Korean children today

A true-to-life novel about the horrific famine that swept North Korea in the 1990s

As North Korea undergoes a devastating famine, Yeong-dae loses both his parents and is forced to beg on the streets. Soon, this young boy sets off on a desperate journey to China to find his sister—his last living family member. Captured by the authorities, he is sent back to the North, where he is thrown in jail and tortured. Once he is finally released, he crosses the Tumen River again, more determined than ever to find a place where he can live a decent life. This inspiring tale offers a glimpse into the horrors faced by North Korean children—and their indomitable will to survive.


Jan 2014 | 344 pages | US$ 16.99 Softcover | 8.07 x 5.90 x 0.78 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-009-1

Literature · Fiction

OLYMPIC BOULEVARD Written by Philip Onho Lee and Translated by John Cha Jun 2016 | 260 pages | US$ 18.90 | Softcover | 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-070-1

Olympic Boulevard is a full-length novel by Philip Onho Lee that depicts the joys and sorrows of Korean immigrants in the United States. The story centers on a group of Koreans who emigrated in 1981 to build a new life and pursue the American Dream. Drawing on his experiences as a first-generation

immigrant, Lee vividly depicts the ups and downs of Koreans’ struggle to adjust to American life through lively storytelling and humor. This version was rendered into English by Korean-American translator John Cha.

ONCE AROUND THE SUN Written by Melanie Steyn Sep 2010 | 141 pages | US$ 7.95 | Softcover | 7.06 x 5.1 x 0.30 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-71-4

In Melanie Steyn’s novel Once Around the Sun, we are introduced to the Lee family. Dong-ju, the 12-year-old son—boisterous, exuberant and curious; Ji-young, the 16-year-old daughter, ripped from childhood and thrown into an adult world too soon; Yun-hwa, defined as a wife and a mother, but searching to be just herself; and Kyu-ah, the grandmother, looking back on a life full of heartache, but also forward to the legacy she will leave through her family. Each has an individual journey of self discovery. The novel is divided into four chapters

and takes part over a period of one year. Each chapter represents a season, and each season covers the story of one member of the family. They start out as simple tales of ordinary life, but soon unfold into extraordinary accounts of spiritual awakening. They tell of enlightenment; of growing up and growing wise; the seasonal journey of each family member searching for authenticity. They are tales of people who are variously “dis-located” finding their true spiritual “location,” and so reaching a point of personal acceptance and contentment. 7

Look Inside Korea

SEOUL SKETCHES A City and Its Stories Written by Janghee Lee and Translated by David Carruth

Seoul is a modern and glamorous city, but in between its skyscrapers hide 600 years of multi-faceted scenery that carry Korean history and traditions from the Joseon Dynasty era to the present day. From castles and fortresses exuding beautiful Joseon architecture to small, quiet temples located in the heart of downtown and modern buildings constructed on historic sites, illustrator Lee Janghee wanders around Seoul’s nooks and crannies and introduces unique stories and scenery that have evolved over time. Seoul Sketches contains exquisite illustrations with witty comments on history from the author, presenting an exotic view of the unknown Seoul. The book’s 15 chapters each depict a region, its attractions and historical anecdotes along with delicate sketches of the landscape and buildings and short, sensible comments.


Mar 2018 | 348 pages | US$ 44.99 | Softcover 7.09 x 9.25 x 0.98 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-111-1

Look Inside Korea

SKETCHES OF KOREA An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture Written by Benjamin Joinau and Illustrated by Elodie Dornand de Rouville Apr 2015 | 205 pages | US$ 22.00 | Softcover | 7.5 x 5 x 0.2 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-033-6

Kimchi, K-pop, taekwondo, Samsung— the images that most people get when they think of Korea don’t stray much beyond the usual ones. But there are so many more fascinating sides to Korea. A cultural anthropologist with over 20 years of personal experience in Korea, author Benjamin Joinau introduces readers to the various faces of Korea

outside those that Koreans typically like to present, guided by Elodie Dornand de Rouville’s refreshingly original and detailed illustrations—Korean society through the eyes of two foreigners. An allencompassing manual, the book spans 47 different topics ranging from the nation’s latest trends to its traditional culture, social customs, art and even religion.

ASK A KOREAN DUDE An Authoritative and Irreverent Guide to the Korea Experience Written and Compiled by Kim Hyunggeun Updated in Sep 2016│340 pages│US$ 30.00│Softcover│7.8 x 5.9 x 0.78 inches│ISBN: 978-89-97639-00-7

Korea: a country where tradition and rapid modernization meet in a dynamic dichotomy full of seemingly incongruous yet somehow germane ethnic charms. It is these very elements that truly set Korea apart from its Asian colleagues as a bombastically inclined but strangely endearing little country. Fielding the questions with sincerity and a dash of humor, the “Korean Dude”—frequently making use of his

own endearing personal experiences —turned cultural quirks into cultural understanding, providing insight into the workings of Korean culture. This book is a tool with which you, the foreigner, may come to not only understand the distinctly curious aspects of Korea, but also appreciate the deeprunning veins of traditional and modern culture interlaced into this complex—but actually rather simple—society. 9

Look Inside Korea

SEOUL SUB-URBAN Written by Charles Usher Mar 2017 | 192 pages | US$ 19.00 | Softcover | 5.5 x 8.2 x 0.47 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-084-84

“Whenever I rode the subway and the train pulled into a new station, the same thought would creep up: What if I just got off here? What’s up there?” Charles Usher, an American magazine editor and freelance writer in Seoul, has visited random subway stations across the capital in an attempt to look at his surroundings more deliberately and closely and from new perspectives. This project has taken him to traditional markets, ancient historical sites, industrial zones and the city’s trendiest

neighborhoods. His travels have also connected him to a variety of people who make Seoul the vibrant city it is: market vendors, artists, blacksmiths and others. Like Korea and Koreans, Seoul is constantly changing, trying to figure out what it is and what it wants to be. This very dynamism and unpredictability, while making the city difficult to know, are also what make it so fascinating. As in the best romances, the mystery is never lost. The city is never figured out and the sense of discovery never disappears.

DOING BUSINESS IN KOREA An Expanded Guide Written by Thomas L. Coyner with Song-Hyon Jang Jul 2010 | 384 pages | US$ 33.00 | Softcover | 8.34 x 5.98 x 0.57 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-68-4

Doing Business in Korea is a timely handbook of information for succeeding in the challenging environment of Korea. Now with updated content, the book divulges in engaging prose all the ins and outs of contemporary Korean business culture. From business etiquette and protocol to tips for marketing to Korean consumers, international business 10

consultant Thomas L. Coyner details everything you’ll need to know not just to survive, but thrive in the Land of the Morning Calm. Through this book, you will gain pivotal insight into an environment that is traditional yet uncompromisingly modern, challenging yet surprisingly rewarding for the determined business professional.

Look Inside Korea

SEOUL Written by Robert Koehler Updated in Sep 2014 | 468 pages | US$ 35.00 | Softcover | 8.03 x 5.98 x 0.79 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-58-5

Korea’s capital for the last 600 years, Seoul is an energetic, pulsating city where the ancient and modern coexist in dramatic contrast. With its grand royal palaces, quaint old alleyways, ancient temples, colorful markets, neon shopping districts, and verdant mountains, you’ll never run out of things to see and do.

The most comprehensive guidebook to the city of Seoul ever released, S EOU L contains 468 pages of indepth travel information, helpful tips, background information on culture and history, detailed maps, and beautiful photographs.

KOREA Written by Robert Koehler Mar 2012 | 748 pages | US$ 45.00 | Softcover | 8.03 x 5.98 x 1.26 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-99-8

With 5,000 years of history and culture packed into one very tight package, Korea is a fascinating travel destination that both compares and contrasts favorably with its larger neighbors. From the pulsating streets of Seoul to the peaceful temples and gardens of the Korean countryside, Korea is a study in contrasts—one foot in the future, with the other firmly rooted in one of the world’s richest cultural heritages.

With detailed destination information, helpful tips, insightful culture and history notes, useful maps and beautiful photographs, KOREA is an invaluable guide to one of Asia’s most rewarding destinations. Written by Robert Koehler, author of our best-selling S EOU L guidebook, KOREA is simple to use for the newly arrived, but in-depth enough for the seasoned Korean veteran.


Learning Korean

ESSENTIAL KOREAN IDIOMS 300 Idioms to Upgrade Your Korean Written by Lee Jeyseon & Lee Youseon Oct 2017 | 240 pages | US$27.00 | Softcover | 10 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches | ISBN: 978-1624121005

Essential Korean Idioms is a comprehensive reference guide to those who want to learn and apply Korean idioms used by native speakers. Written by two long-time instructors of Korean at the University of California-San Diego, this book is a collection of the materials they used in their classes that have been expanded on. In addition, more idioms have been included to reflect the guidelines outlined

by curriculum standards for Koreanlanguage education of the Seoul-based National Institute of Korean Language. Designed for classroom as well as individual study, this book is a must-have for learners struggling to properly use Korean idioms in sentences and speech. Each of the 30 units features ten idioms in four exercises, dialogue, warm-up quiz, practice questions and interview activity.

SURVIVAL KOREAN CRASH COURSE Your Friendly Guide to Student Life in Korea Written by Irene Schokker, Lauren Kies & Rachel van den Berg Oct 2017 | 152 pages | US$12.00 | Softcover | 4.6 x 6.0 x 0.39 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-103-6

Survival Korean Crash Course is a practical guide to the Korean language written by three exchange students from Leiden University of the Netherlands, which offers the only Korean studies major in Europe. As “Your Friendly Guide to Student Life in Korea,� this friendly, fun read is filled with the personal stories of life in Korea as experienced by the three authors. The text also contains frequently used Korean 12

words and idioms. Based on their first-hand experiences, the three students provide tips on things foreign residents of Korea can find difficult to understand and Korean expressions that might prove confusing. This guide is great for students who plan to study in Korea or need deeper insight into Korean life, with firsthand advice and recommendations from foreign exchange students.

Learning Korean

AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO KOREAN Essential Words and Phrases Written by Chad Meyer and Illustrated by Moon-Jung Kim Sep 2013 | 308 pages | US$ 25.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.35 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-013-8

Learning Korean can be difficult, just as learning English is challenging for Koreans, mostly due to the inversion in grammar structures. Chad Meyer—an American— and Kim Moon-jung—a Korean—are a husband and wife who wrote this book for tourists, businesspeople, English teachers, military, and anyone else with a desire to understand Korean culture and speak Korean. An Illustrated Guide to Korean features easy and practical Korean colloquial expressions that can be put to use in one’s everyday life, charming illustrations that aid

comprehension, and interesting tips about Korean culture, ideal for people looking for an easier, more entertaining way to learn Korean. It is a must-have item for expats who want to get the most out of Korean life as well as for Koreans who want to learn key English expressions. Knowing key words and phrases will help people living in Korea communicate without difficulty. The bilingualism of the authors has made the high-quality Korean and English expressions found throughout the book possible.

KOREAN LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS Written by Andrea De Benedittis May 2016 | 180 pages | US$ 24.99 | Softcover | 8.46 x 5.90 x 0.43 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-068-8

This book is a complete guide for people who want to learn the Korean language, starting from the very beginning, and learn the alphabet and the correct sounds of vowels, consonants, and diphthongs. It was written for people who want an easy but systematic approach to the language. The writer is a non-native speaker who

started learning the language from ZERO, just like you and spent years in Korea trying to reach a better level of proficiency in Korean. After a few weeks of study, you will study to recognize words, make sentences, and have simple (but miraculous) conversations with other Korean speakers! 13

Korean Studies




Korea’s Unique Alphabet Aug 2010 | 104 pages | US$ 15.00 Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.33 inches ISBN: 978-89-91913-69-1

Hangeul examines the unique characteristics of the Hangeul writing system and its impact on Korean society. The first chapter looks at why Hangeul is regarded as the world’s preeminent writing system. The second chapter examines the linguistic and philosophical concepts that underlie the writing system. The third chapter explains the history of how Hangeul was invented, while the fourth chapter provides an in-depth look


This series, copublished by Seoul Selection and the Korea Foundation, seeks to provide foreign readers with a fundamental knowledge of various aspects of Korean traditional culture. Much of the material is taken from KOREANA, the Korea Foundation’s quarterly magazine on Korean arts and culture. The series is compiled and edited by Seoul Selection’s editorial staff. Set ISBN: 978-89-91913-70-7

at King Sejong the Great, who is widely credited with the creation of the writing system. The fifth chapter canvasses the subsequent development of the alphabet and its impact on Korean culture and society, while the sixth chapter looks at how Hangeul promoted the use of information technology in Korea. The final chapter looks at how Hangeul inspires Korean culture and arts.


Window on the Korean Mind Dec 2010 | 132 pages | US$ 15.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.39 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-74-5

Korean painting reveals a connectivity with nature that parallels the Korean traditional worldview. Living in a dramatic landscape of rugged peaks, deep valleys and broad rivers, Koreans have long held nature in deep reverence. This respect, this yearning for nature is immediately 14

apparent in Korean paintings, whose aesthetic is likened to an “artless art” of gentle lines, generous shapes and naturalistic colors. Beauty is found in the big picture rather than the details; paintings exhibit a naturalness that moves the viewer with its humility.



Four kilometers wide and stretching 250 kilometers from the East Sea to the West Sea, the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. Born of the fratricidal Korean War, it is perhaps the oldest continuous symbol of the Cold War, where democracy and communism still glare at one another in mutual animosity. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Joint Security Area (JSA) near the so-called “truce village” of Panmunjeom, where South Korean and North Korean soldiers stand practically face to face, the hostility almost palpable.


This book introduces the Korean DMZ and its impact on Korean history, culture and ecology. The first chapter defines the DMZ and examines its many unique features. The second chapter introduces the tragic conflict of the Korean War, which is essential to understanding the DMZ. The third chapter looks at Panmunjeom and the JSA. The fourth chapter surveys the fragile natural environment, and finally, the last chapter introduces many historical and cultural relics located in and around the DMZ.

TRADITIONAL FOOD A Taste of Korean Life

Jan 2011 | 134 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.45 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-76-9



riting is a cornerstone of civilization, a crucial invention that better allows peoples to accumulate and pass down knowledge and preserve cultures. There are currently some 6,909 living languages in the world, yet only a minority of these are written, and of these just a handful have their own unique writing systems. Hangeul, the indigenous writing system of Korea, is one of them. Promulgated in 1446, Hangeul is an ingenious system that utilizes forward-thinking and scientific linguistic theories and principles of Korean traditional culture to perfectly express the sounds of the Korean language. Invented by the brilliant King Sejong the Great, the alphabet has been widely lauded by scholars the world over for its advanced phonetic system and ease of use.

9,000 won / US$ 15.00

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THE DMZ Dividing the Two Koreas

Dec 2010 | 104 pages | US$ 15.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.35 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-75-2

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Traditional Food A Taste of Korean Life

Diet is one of the most fundamental parts of a people’s culture and heritage. It is a collective creation, the product of history and accumulated experience and reflection of a people’s value system. Despite Korea’s relatively small size, Korean cuisine has developed its own flavors and character according to region and class. Korea’s four seasons and geography have produced a good many seasonal dishes and foods that reflect the nation’s geographic characteristics, such as seafood from the ocean that surrounds the peninsula.

About the series

The Korea Essentials series is a cooperative project between the Korea Foundation and Seoul Selection to furnish an international reader with insight and basic understanding into the arts and culture of Korea. The content of this series is based on the material published in Koreana, the Korea Foundation’s full-color quarterly featuring indepth coverage of various aspects of Korea’s cultural themes.

COVER PHOTO “Youth” by installation artist Kang Ik-joong © Yonhap COVER DESIGN Jung Hyun-young

Nowadays, with healthy living and the “slow food” movement receiving spotlight worldwide, Korean cuisine is drawing much interest as a healthy cuisine with nutritional harmony and balance. In fact, Koreans have traditionally viewed food as medicine, a means to keep oneself healthy and strong. This book attempts to explore Korea’s 5,000-year-old culinary culture and introduce to readers the historical, cultural, nutritional and philosophical background to this rich cuisine. 15

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Oct 2011 | 144 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.45 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-83-7

Jeju is an island of mystery. Steeped in mythology, shamanic ritual, and legend, with a dialect so distinct from the language of the mainland that linguists question whether it represents a separate language entirely, this island of 18,000 gods does its part to provide an aura of otherworldliness. Now the recipient of UNESCO designation in three categories of natural science, the location of the World Conservation Congress in 2012, a test bed for numerous environmental soundness initiatives, and a


finalist in the international New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign, Jeju is also renowned for its ecology. Forged by volcanic activity, the island has a wealth of natural phenomena and a 5,000-year history of human civilization in harmony with nature. Outside of Korea, Jeju remains a mystery largely because so very little has been written about it in English. This book seeks to rectify that dearth of information, and to share the wonders of Jeju’s people, ecology, culture, and history with the world.


Displaying Korea’s Past and Future

Dec 2011 | 132 pages | US$ 16.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.41 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-86-8

The history of Korean museums goes back more than 100 years, to the opening of the Jesil Bangmulgwan in 1909. There are now 11 national museums in provincial cities throughout Korea, while the large number of regional, university, art, specialized and other museums continues to rise. Korea’s galleries emerged one by one with the advent of “modernity,” the flourishing of modern art and the development of the economy, introducing many Korean and international artists and developing popular culture. Korea’s museums and galleries offer 16

windows onto the country’s past, present and future. This book introduces five of Seoul’s major national and public museums which offer a comprehensive overview of Korea’s long and varied history. The second chapter presents a selection of Korea’s major public and private art museums and galleries, while specialized museums are the subject of the third chapter. The final chapter introduces regional national museums that are dedicated to displaying and researching artifacts from the Korean Peninsula’s history.

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500 Years of Splendor

Dec 2011 | 124 pages | US$ 16.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.39 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-87-5

The Joseon Dynasty was a time of great cultural development for the Korean nation, spanning over half a millenium and bequeathing to Korea a considerable cultural heritage by providing Korea with political and social stability. It was during this dynasty that many aspects of what is now considered Korean traditional culture—Confucianism in particular—took root and flowered. This book will examine three of the betterknown areas of Joseon cultural heritage: royal palaces, royal tombs, and the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty. Standing in the heart


of Seoul, the five royal palaces are more than just buildings; they are architectural expressions of Joseon society and its ruling philosophy. The royal tombs—forty final resting places of Joseon kings and queens— are unique in their completeness. Finally, the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty are unequaled in their richness as a source of historical and cultural information about Korean history. Each of these treasures, deeply imbued with Joseon’s Confucian culture, reveals unique aspects of the kingdom and its legacy.


Sounds in Harmony with Nature

Dec 2011 | 112 pages | US$ 16.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.33 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-88-2

Music has played and continues to play a vital role in Korean society, providing a rich vein of material as a dynamic musical culture and as a case study for examining general questions about the nature of music in its social context. Korean music has a welldocumented history that spans millennia. It is a history that reflects an active engagement with surrounding cultures as well as indigenous creativity and innovation. Korea is heir to one of the world’s oldest repertoires of notated music. Over the past several hundred years, virtuosic instrumental

genres based upon the music of shamanist rituals and agricultural ceremonies developed into highly sophisticated art forms, as have folk songs and dramatic narratives. This book will examine the development of Korean traditional music, looking at what makes it unique, surveying its wide variety of genres, and reviewing its dramatic history as an art form. Korea’s traditional musicians are introduced along with national music organizations that provide continual development of the traditional performing arts community in music and dance. 17

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Exploring Korea’s Landscapes

Oct 2012 | 104 pages | US$ 16.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.32 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-04-5

For those living in Seoul, it’s easy to conclude that the urban swath of concrete grays is all there is to see in Korea. Yet those who look up can glimpse crests of mountains, seemingly faraway yet thankfully ever present. Such is Korean nature—never imposing or intimidating, forever patiently waiting for us to take notice. This book hopes to encourage more readers to take notice of this subdued, yet spectacular, beauty. Take a look around at the ubiquitous mountains that dot the peninsula or spend


the afternoon at any one of Korea’s Ramsarregistered inland wetlands. Head out to one of Korea’s seas for more exposure to local flora and fauna. If you’re in the capital city, go for a walk along the Hangang River. If you can spare a few days, go for an excursion to Jejudo, Korea’s biggest island, which has the popular trekking trails named “Olle,” meaning, “Won’t you come?” In a sense, this book extends the same welcome to its readers. Won’t you come to Korea and experience the wonders of its nature?


Harmony and Coexistence

Nov 2012 | 116 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.35 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-05-2

Korea is a remarkable case study in religious coexistence. Even though only about half the country identifies as religious, the half that does displays a remarkable diversity of both indigenous and imported faiths, including Buddhism and Christianity (of both the Catholic and Protestant varieties). Korean religious pluralism is no recent phenomenon. Koreans have respected religious diversity since ancient times. Indeed, if there is one overriding religious tendency in the Korean population, it is a preference for syncretism, of finding essential and common truths amidst 18

diverse and often competing doctrines. Current Korean leaders have continued making efforts to further inter-faith understanding. This book surveys the rich religious and spiritual tapestry that is contemporary Korea. We begin with the earliest of Korean faiths—the shamanism that prehistoric Koreans brought with them as they migrated to the peninsula from Central Asia—and continue on to today’s most prominent faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism. Korea has given birth to a large number of indigenous faiths, which are also covered as well.

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The Beauty of Natural Forms

Nov 2012 | 108 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.35 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-07-6

The most well-known Korean ceramics are the celadon of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) and the white porcelain of the ensuing Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The celadons of Goryeo, their grace and color tinged with feminine beauty, symbolized an aristocratic Buddhist culture, while the white porcelains from the Joseon period are thought to typify the bureaucratic and scholarly Confucian society and were essentially masculine in tone,


vigorous and orderly. Korea’s traditional ceramic wares serve as a barometer for understanding Korean culture in that they most accurately reflect Korean aesthetics and the Korean worldview. This book examines how Korea’s ceramics tradition began, how it developed, and what makes it so special.


Breathing with Nature

Dec 2012 | 120 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.37 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-23-6

This book offers an introduction to Korea’s abundant and unique architectural past and present, combining explanations of the principles behind Korean architecture with introductions to some of the country’s finest buildings and structures. It explains some of the ideologies and perspectives that form the foundation of Korean architectural tradition and outlines the history of Korean architecture, from the first architectural traces of dugouts

and lean-tos to the increasingly sophisticated wooden frames and technologies. The book also highlights ten of Korea’s best-known and most significant traditional buildings, ranging from Buddhist temples, royal palaces, and Confucian royal shrines to landscaped literati gardens and “Enlightenment”-era fortresses. Korea’s early modern architecture—a period from the colonial domination by Japan into the mid-20th century—is also examined.


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The Unity of Body, Mind and Spirit Dec 2013 | 115 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.35 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-37-3

Taekwondo, which literally means “the way of the hand and foot,” is an indigenous Korean tradition and the world’s most popular martial art. This book is an excellent guide for people new to the sport as well as those familiar with the beauty, efficiency and sophistication of taekwondo. The chapters cover topics ranging from taekwondo’s origins in Korea and the


meanings of both the martial art and sport to taekwondo’s rapid spread worldwide and adoption as an official Olympic event. Anything and everything about taekwondo is jam-packed in this book, which appeals to both the novice and the advanced black belt.


A Holistic Way to Health and Healing


Dec 2013 | 98 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.31 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-39-7

Korean traditional medicine has long been an important part of Korean culture. It went through a period of decline in attention and importance after the arrival of Western medicine, but that has been changing in recent years. More people around the world are growingly aware of the limits of the Western approach and turning to alternative forms of medicine. Interest in


acupuncture and herbal treatments is soaring, and as the effectiveness of Korean traditional medicine gets more well known, the numbers of foreigners flocking to clinics have steadily risen. This book explores Korean traditional medicine in six chapters, examining everything from its origins to present-day forms and potential.


Korean Studies



Pure Emotion and Energy

Dec 2013 | 104 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.33 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-40-3

Dance has been a medium for understanding the philosophy of and emotions behind a culture. This is especially true for a country with a vast and complex history like Korea. Korean dance is a tradition that includes every form of contemporary dance in the country, from shamanistic to folk, court to modern traditional dance, and even breakdancing. Over the past several centuries, each of these unique dance forms has attempted


to convey the Korean psyche. This book aims to examine Korean dance from its primitive roots to the complex court rituals and on to the pop culture styles of today. What sets Korean dance apart from that of other cultures will also be explored. Finally, readers will be able to delve into its broad range of forms and long history and gain a better understanding of its role in society.


Timeless Fashion Tradition Dec 2013 l 108 pages l US$ 18.00 l Softcover l 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.33 inches l ISBN: 978-89-97639-41-0

Hanbok embodies many of the social and aesthetic values of the Korean people. In accordance with the emphasis on social harmony found in Confucian philosophy, the choice of hanbok varied depending on one’s position in society. Its beautifully flowing lines and harmonious color schemes are important aesthetic values found in Korean art. Hanbok is increasingly emerging into the spotlight

following the popularity of Korean television dramas, which are often set in the past, and also through efforts to promote hanbok on the global stage. Renowned fashion designers around the world have taken note of hanbok and have incorporated elements of hanbok into their own work. This book will examine the origins, history, and the unique characteristics of hanbok and its contemporary standing.


Korean Studies



A Journey of Self-Discovery Nov 2014 | 112 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.35 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-49-6

A temple stay is a short sojourn at a temple where one goes to follow monastic rules of life. For this reason, many seek out temples for the explicit purpose of having rest. It is for this reason that a temple stay can be compared to a nap: a short break from one’s daily routine provides the energy necessary to carry on with one’s busy existence. The various programs offered around the country all possess, to some degree, the essence of Korean Buddhism.


This book uses simple terms to explain the meaning of some of the rituals that one may encounter at a temple stay and gives insight into the history, philosophy and practices of Korean Buddhism. Are you ready to transcend the boundaries of religion and depart for a temple stay, the storehouse of Korean Buddhist culture? Open your mind to the information contained in this book.


Drinks That Warm the Soul

Dec 2014 | 100 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.4 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-52-6

Koreans have been producing—and drinking— alcohol for centuries. Along with song and dance, alcohol has always been an essential part of the Korean joie de vivre. Koreans drink a lot, but they don’t drink just to get drunk. Of course, Koreans enjoy alcohol as a means to make merry and build cohesion between family, friends and coworkers. But alcohol’s place in Korean culture goes far beyond that. Alcohol has historically also been a medicine and a means to preserve perishable


ingredients. It even has a place in the sacred rites of Korea’s Confucian society, including the allimportant ancestral remembrance rites. Because of the important role alcohol has played in their society, Koreans have developed sophisticated brewing techniques to produce a wide range of alcoholic tipples.

Korean Studies



Family Traditions of the Jongga

Dec 2014 | 112 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.39 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-53-3

A jongga is a family that can trace its line of progenitors back to a single distinguished ancestor. The eldest living son of this main lineage is the jongson, and his wife is the jongbu. This couple is charged with performing numerous ancestral rites and entertaining the numerous guests that visit the jongga. Many families have preserved this tradition even through the turbulence of Korean modern history and the prevalence of nuclear family culture brought on by


industrialization. There is more to jongga culture than the bloodline alone. It is an emotional haven and a spiritual compass, providing an identity not only for the members of the family but for the Korean people as a whole. Reviewing the history of jongga culture and examining what it is today can teach a person things about the Korean spirit and culture that often elude the eye.


Arts in Everyday Life

Dec 2014 | 108 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.4 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-54-0

Since time immemorial, Korea has developed an outstanding craft culture. Its superior quality can be seen in everything from the beautiful and elaborate golden crowns of the Three Kingdoms era (57 B.C.–A.D. 668) to the astonishing scientific technology of the Unified Silla era’s Seokguram Grotto. Even China, the birthplace of celadon, was bewitched by the magical jade greens found in the celadon of Goryeo. Simple yet sophisticated handicrafts handed down from the Joseon era continue to enjoy great popularity

today among Koreans and people around the world. This book was written as an introduction to Korean handicrafts and the manner in which they have captured Korea’s unique culture and way of life over the millennia. Its chapters examine the characteristics of these works as well as their history—the most representative pieces handed down from the past, along with the lives of the people who make them. 23

Beyond Korea

SOUTHEAST ASIAN HOUSES EXPANDING TRADITION Written by Seo Ryeung Ju et al Jul 2017 | 188 pages | US$ 28.00 | Softcover | 5.9 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-075-6

EMBRACING URBAN CONTEXT Written by Seo Ryeung Ju et al

Southeast Asian Houses: Expanding Tradition

Sep 2017 | 180 pages | US$ 28.00 | Softcover | 5.9 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-099-2

Cambodia Indonesia

These two books are a compilation of the research of 12 academics from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines edited by Kyung Hee University professor Seo Ryeung Ju of Korea. The two volumes deal with traditional housing that maintains its originality and urban housing developed through modernization and westernization. Due to the common geographical, climatic and historical contexts shared by the six nations, Southeast Asian architecture tends to be generalized under one umbrella. Yet the countries’ ethnic and religious differences have led to subtle differences in housing characteristics. To identify the commonality and diversity of Southeast Asian architecture, both books analyze details of architectural forms. As the first works offering a comprehensive and systematic analysis of Southeast Asian housing, both books are expected to serve as valuable introductory guides to the subject.

Malaysia Thailand Vietnam

Edited by Seo Ryeung Ju

Southeast Asian Houses: Embracing Urban Context Malaysia Indonesia Vietnam The Philippines Thailand

Edited by Seo Ryeung Ju


Beyond Korea

THE SILK ROAD ENCYCLOPEDIA Written and Compiled by Jeong Su-il Apr 2016 | 1086 pages | US$ 240.00 | Softcover | 10 x 7.28 x 2.55 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-066-4

Since the concept of the Silk Road as an avenue of intercivilizational exchange emerged more than 130 years ago, scholars from both Eastern and Western societies have conducted persistent research to advance the field. Still, however, not nearly enough research has been conducted, and scholars present conflicting theories. This book, written and compiled by Jeong Su-il, a prominent Silk Road expert of South Korea, aims to rectify the common misconception of the Silk Road being a simple trade route and shed light on the aspect of an interconnected global circuit of inter-civilizational exchange. The more than 2,000 entries in this encyclopedia explore all the exchanges that occurred between civilizations as a direct result of the Silk Road, showing artifacts and written records to track the paths of such exchange along the Silk Road and its neighboring regions. To write this book, the author has consulted a wide range of material, including overseas texts concerning Silk Road civilizations, worldrenowned travelogues, and data extracted from on-site studies.


Beyond Korea

5 KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING CHINA Written and Compiled by Ryu Jaeyun Jul 2016 | 268 pages | US$ 24.99 | Softcover | 8.81 x 5.98 x 0.66 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-074-9

A former Samsung negotiator with twenty years of experience in China shares his insights on Chinese culture as well as practical tips for doing business with the Chinese. Drawing on firsthand knowledge of the Chinese market, the author guides readers through the ins and outs of localization and negotiation. In China, he argues, a society deeply informed by a Sinocentric worldview, Western-defined global standards won’t get you very far; to succeed in doing business there, a correct understanding of Chinese national pride, among other things, is essential. The author is recognized as a China expert by the Chinese themselves, having even being invited to lecture at the Central Party School, where elite members of China’s Communist Party are trained. His vivid accounts of his own business dealings in China are interspersed with incisive commentary on the definitive elements of Chinese culture for a fascinating read. Supplying an array of Chinese proverbs and classical Chinese references for context, the author provides a wealth of instruction that is sure to benefit Western business professionals working and negotiating with the Chinese as well as the casual reader interested in learning more about China.


Beyond Korea

DEATH IN ASIA From India to Mongolia Written by Lee Pyung Rae et al. Nov 2015 | 304 pages | US$ 23.00 | Softcover | 8.86 x 6.10 x 0.94 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-054-1

From an early age, we have all heard stories of heaven or hell, or some version of an afterlife. Many of us believed such stories, and a great number of us still do. In our era of science and logic, the fact that such beliefs persist shows just how important these questions of death are to humans. In a sense, the idea of an afterlife can be a great comfort to those whose death is imminent. Those who have led especially

difficult lives can look forward to a more pleasant world, while those who have been blessed in this life may experience even more good fortune. To those left behind, an afterlife presents the chance to meet a loved one once more. If such an afterlife does exist, then we need not fear death. If another life awaits us, then separation from loved ones is but temporary, and we will be united again.


A Balanced Approach to Maximizing a Child’s Potential Written by Chungsoon C. Kim Apr 2017 | 244 page | US$24.00 | Softcover | 5.8×8.3×0.6 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-088-6

Parents today are raising their children in a world that is growingly complicated and flooded with information. Parents receive overwhelming—and often competing— advice from books, magazines, social media and internet “experts.” As this abundance of counsel shows, there’s no magic formula when it comes to childrearing. In this book, Chungsoon C. Kim

offers guidelines for young parents on making sound parenting decisions. The observations are based on the author’s personal experience and knowledge accumulated over 40 years as the lab director at the San Jose State University Child Laboratory, as well as from widely accepted theories and reputable research.



TOMBSTONES WITHOUT A TOMB Written by Hildi Kang Oct 2017 | 240 pages | US$ 28.00 | Softcover | 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches ISBN: 978-1624121029

Heavy and intricately carved tombstones are embedded on the banks of the Cheonggyecheon Stream that cuts through downtown Seoul in the shadow of the Gwangtonggyo Bridge. They echo the story of their owner, Queen Sindeok, the first queen of the Joseon Dynasty. Why are these stones here, out in public view, rather than surrounding their assigned tomb? To examine this enigmatic situation, this book seeks to understand why the queen, who played a crucial role in the dynasty’s foundation, saw degradation of her reputation after her death, and then traces the process of how her honor has been restored. As the untold story unfolds, this book raises awareness of the history of neo-Confucianism in Korea, the neo-Confucian mindset among scholar-officials and the throne throughout the six centuries of the Joseon Dynasty. As a carefully researched historical resource, this book explores the life and legacy of Queen Sindeok and examines the neo-Confucian society of the Joseon Dynasty.




19th Century Korea through the Eyes of an American Ambassador’s Wife Written by Robert Neff Dec 2012 | 432 pages | US$ 30.00 | Softcover | 8.27 x 5.83 x 0.83 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-09-0

John Mahelm Berry Sill, the American Minister to Korea (1894-1897), served during an extremely turbulent period of Korean history, a span of time that encompassed the Sino-Japanese War, the Gabo Reforms, the murder of the Korean queen, and King Gojong's subsequent refuge in the Russian legation. While this book does utilize some diplomatic dispatches, it generally relies upon the personal correspondences between the Sills in Korea and their family

in the United States. These letters provide a candid view of life in not only the American community in Seoul, but also in the Russian legation, where King Gojong and the crown prince sought refuge following the murder of Queen Min. The letters also give evidence of the rumors and speculation that plagued the daily lives of not only the Western community in Seoul but the Korean community as well.

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS Early Reports of Korea by Westerners Edited by Brother Anthony of TaizĂŠ and Robert Neff Oct 2016 | 352 pages | US$ 30.00 | Softcover | 8.26 x 5.90 x 0.78 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-078-7

This anthology brought together texts recording visits to Korea by westerners, published in books or newspapers before the opening of Korea in the 1880s. The opening of Korea made it possible to explore the country in detail and write full accounts. Prior to the opening the first impressions were mainly gained from brief visits to remote islands along

the coast. The accounts published are mainly anecdotal, first impressions rather than broadly informed. However, the accumulated impression made by these early encounters surely influenced those who came later and help understand the largely negative image of Korea that western governments had of the country.




A Correspondent’s Retrospective on a Forgotten War Written by John Rich May 2010 | 248 pages | US$ 85.00 | Hardcover | 10 x 12 x 1.10 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-64-6

As if it weren’t bad enough that the Korean War is, for many in the West, a “forgotten war” wedged between the larger conflicts of World War II and Vietnam, its legacy has been conveyed largely in the medium of black and white photography, putting up yet another psychological barrier between the conflict and modern-day audiences. In Rich’s book Korean War in Color: A Correspondent’s Retrospective on a Forgotten War, published by Seoul Selection to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, the renowned war correspondent breaks down this barrier with a jaw-dropping collection of color photographs of the Korean War, perhaps the finest collection of color images of the conflict anywhere. In vivid hues of blue, green and red, Rich’s photographs take the war out of the history books, allowing readers to better connect with a conflict that, while forgotten, continues to impact the lives of Koreans to this day.


Art · Culture

MOON TIDES Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea Written by Brenda Paik Sunoo | Interpreted and Translated by Youngsook Han Mar 2011 | 240 pages | US$ 65.00 | Hardcover | 11.61 x 8.27 x 0.84 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-78-3

For centuries, Jeju Island’s sea women have faced the tempestuous tides of history and struggle for survival. Their intimate relationship to the land and sea, their shamanist beliefs, and their communal village life have protected them throughout their lives. In return, many have established a continuous life of purpose and resiliency well into their 90s. They illuminate a steady, fearless course—most of all, an enduring legacy. However, Jeju Island’s haenyeo are a dying breed— perhaps the last of their generation. As their maternal ancestors did for centuries, they have scoured the

island’s sea floor, harvesting seaweed, octopuses, sea urchins, turban shells, and abalone. Their numbers have dwindled from 15,000 in the 1970s to approximately 5,600 in recent decades. Brenda Paik Sunoo gathered these women’s stories while living in their diving villages for a total of seven months. This is the first book by an American journalist to document the lives of these rare divers through intimate interviews and photographs. Their stories will appeal to those desiring a life of purpose— undulating and infinite as the sea.

KOREA THROUGH HER BIRDS Windows into a World Written and Photographed by Robert Newlin Jul 2013 | 244 pages | US$ 38.00 | Softcover | 9.25 x 7.48 x 0.63 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-006-0

Korea’s birds deserve a wider audience. The country’s geographical location, topography, temperate climate, and wealth of diverse habitats combine to support an extraordinarily attractive avifauna. Many visitors to Korea see the impressive metropolitan centers, but fewer see the more hidden parts of the country: the western offshore islands, the scattered and diminishing wetlands, and the picturesque east-coast fishing villages. This book seeks to introduce the birds of Korea: through

photographs, through descriptions of their lives, and through the ways different cultures perceive them. The seven chapters—Windows, Curtains, Motion, Stillness, Mythography, Myeong-am, and Diminishing Frames— each represent a collection of different bird species brought together under the chapter’s particular rubric. These intend to suggest rather than compartmentalize, and much of each entry will offer material specifics about bird, place, and time. 31

Art · Culture


The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts

Written by Debbi Kent & Joan Suwalsky Apr 2014 | 168 pages | US$ 39.00 | Softcover | 8.6 x 11 x 0.5 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-026-8

Korean handicrafts have often been overshadowed by those of China and Japan, preventing them from being recognized for their unique charm and cultural value. Frustrated with this widespread ignorance of Korean crafts, two American authors set out to write 100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts, hoping that an English-language book on the

topic would help bring some deserving global attention to Korea’s strong crafting history. The stunning beauty of 44 of Korea’s traditional crafts—sorted into ceramics, fiber arts, paper, inlay, metal, wood, and painting—is presented in detail with over 400 pictures found in the book. This is the first English-language guide that brings these diverse genres together in a single volume.

COURT PAINTINGS FROM THE JOSEON DYNASTY Written by Park Jeong-hye Dec 2015 | 168 pages | US$ 37.00 | Softcover | 10.15 x 7.32 x 0.7 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-053-4

Both ornate and majestic, the various formats of royal court paintings of Korea have been exhibited all over the world and include folding screens, murals, paper sliding doors, and government records. Crafted by the best painters of the era, the works exhibit a refined level of artistic skill and are rich with symbolism, even 32

in the tiniest details, having adorned spaces that were occupied by the highest authorities. The vivid colors and fastidious minutiae of Joseon court paintings, with their intriguing iconography and ornamentation, are sure to introduce any viewer to a startling new world.

Art · Culture


Written by Hanjae Yi Mok & the Venerable Cho-ui Translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé, Hong Kyeong-Hee & Steven D. Owyoung Jun 2010 | 196 pages | US$ 25.00 | Softcover | 8.34 x 5.98 x 0.57 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-66-0

Three ancient texts expressing the essence of the Korean Way of Tea are here translated into English by top-rated Korean tea enthusiasts. The oldest, “ChaBu (Rhapsody to Tea),” by Hanjae Yi Mok (1471–1498), is a sophisticated and delicate celebration of tea. The 19th century saw a tea revival among Korean literati. Its main guide was the Venerable Cho-ui (1786–1866). The first of his tea texts, “ChaSinJeon (A Chronicle of the Spirit of Tea).” The great poem

“DongChaSong (Hymn in Praise of Korean Tea),” is a set of formal poetic stanzas celebrating tea with notes by the author to elucidate the references. This volume offers an English translation of these three remarkable works, with explanatory notes and biographies of the two great masters of Korean tea. It gives readers who are unfamiliar with Classical Chinese access to the essential texts of the Korean Way of Tea.

THE KOREAN WAY OF TEA An Introductory Guide

Written by Brother Anthony of Taizé & Hong Kyeong-Hee May 2007 | 124 pages | US$ 17.00 | Softcover | 7.51 x 5.66 x 0.39 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-17-2

Tea drinking is now a global pastime, and a delectable variety of teas are much sought after by connoisseurs worldwide. In this meditative volume to understanding, appreciating, and serving Korean tea, authors Brother Anthony of Taizé and Hong Kyeong-hee share their intimate knowledge of a cultural practice and art form that at its core embraces

universal principles of peace, refinement, and simplicity. The Korean Way of Tea is a rich and inviting text accompanied by fullcolor photographs of the beauty of Korea and her architecture, nature, and people. This introductory guide is a welcome addition for anyone interested in tea and its extraordinary contribution to the Korean cultural tradition.


Art · Culture

KOREAN ANTIQUE FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES Written by Mathieu Deprez Sep 2013 | 128 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 7.09 x 5.08 x 0.35 inches l ISBN: 978-1-62412-010-7

Despite a rich woodworking tradition, Korea’s traditional furniture remains relatively unknown, especially in the West. Taking their cues from nature, Joseon-era carpenters built furniture that was functional, beautiful in its simplicity and purity of lines, ingenious in its use of wood joints, and perfectly suited to the Korean home and the local environment. Korean Antique Furniture & Accessories introduces the various types of furniture and accessories commonly

seen during the Joseon era (1392–1897) and provides the associated historical, social, and cultural background to help see how Korean furniture came to be. Also presented are the tools, wood, and techniques often used by traditional woodworkers. Rich in illustrations and color photographs, this book will help the reader better understand Korean furniture and better appreciate its role and place within Korean culture.

A KOREAN KITCHEN COMPANION 28 Recipes for Korean Dishes Written by Jia Choi Mar 2014 | 80 pages | US$ 19.99 | Spiral-bound Book | 8.27 x 5.51 x 0.08 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-025-1

This cookbook was written by Dr. Jia Choi, an expert in Korean cuisine. For this book, the author selected from her cooking classes 28 dishes that her foreign students have particularly enjoyed. The author relied on the following three principles in selecting which recipes to include in the book. First, she wanted recipes that are easy to make. Second, she placed priority on ingredients that are readily found outside of Korea. Third—and most importantly— she selected dishes that taste great. 34

Another attractive aspect of the book is its freestanding design: it stands up just like a tabletop calendar! Set it up in the kitchen, and you can glance over the recipes as you cook. With the recipes and pictures on facing pages, it’s possible to take everything in with a single glance. Other helpful features are icons on the top of the page that indicate about how much time is needed to cook each dish and whether or not a given dish is suitable for vegetarians.

Literature · Folk Tales

ROMANTIC TALES FROM OLD KOREA Compiled by Brother Anthony of Taizé Jun 2016 | 172 pages | US$ 15.00 | Softcover | 7.87 x 5.12 x 0.43 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-069-5

There are not many old Korean love tales, but everyone knows the story of Chunhyang. In 1892, the first Korean to visit Paris, Hong Jong-u, helped publish a French version of the story of Chunhyang. Titled “Fragrant Springtime” (the meaning of “Chunhyang”), it is the first Korean story ever published in a western language. A couple of years later, a second, more developed novel set in Korea was published, “A Dead Tree Blossoms.” It includes parts of the story of Sim Cheong and her blind father, but is

very different in many unexpected ways. In 1919 an English translation of it was published in the US, but nobody noticed it. In this new book, the French version of “Chunhyang” has been translated into English and is published with the 1919 English text of “A Dead Tree Blossoms” and a couple of other Korean love tales translated a hundred or more years ago. Interestingly, the two main stories both express sharp criticism of corrupt officials and a strong concern for social justice.

EERIE TALES FROM OLD KOREA Compiled by Brother Anthony of Taizé May 2013 | 176 pages | US$ 15.00 | Softcover | 7.87 x 5.11 x 0.47 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-002-2

Homer B. Hulbert and James S. Gale were two of the most famous missionaries to come to Korea in the 1880s. They were very fond of ghost stories and discovered that Korea had a plentiful supply of ghosts and spirits, celebrated in many eerie tales. A main source of these stories were collections of yadam, a form of short tale especially popular in the Joseon period. The stories told there were about individuals who were not always admirable paragons of Confucian virtue

but artful dodgers who managed to escape from tricky situations; survive traps; deal with ghosts, spirits, and ninetailed foxes; and even get rich in the process. As we celebrate the one hundredfiftieth anniversary of the birth of Hulbert and Gale, the present selection of Korean ghost stories is offered for the pleasure of readers in the twenty-first century, one hundred years after their original publication. 35

Literature · Poetry


A LETTER NOT SENT 부치지 않은 편지 Written by Jeong Ho-seung and Translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé Jul 2016 | 280 pages | US$ 29.99 | Hardcover | 10.15 x 7.32 x 0.7 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-075-6

THOUGH FLOWERS FALL I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU 꽃이 져도 나는 너를 잊은 적 없다 Written by Jeong Ho-seung and Translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé and Susan Hwang Oct 2016 | 242 pages | US$ 29.99 | Hardcover | 10.15 x 7.32 x 0.7 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-077-0

For the first time, English-language readers can access the poems of Jeong Ho-seung, who has become one of Korea’s most beloved poets since his literary debut in 1973. A total of 216 poems spanning over 40 years of poetic growth were released in two collections, presented side by side in English and Korean. Loved

by readers of all ages, from teenagers to those in their 60s and 70s, Jeong’s poems tell of humanity’s innate loneliness, sadness, longing, love and pain. In the words of the translator, Jeong’s poems “may sometimes be challenging, but above all they are moving, enlightening, and insightful.”

NO FLOWER BLOOMS WITHOUT WAVERING 흔들리며 피는 꽃 Written by Do Jong-Hwan and Translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé and Jinna Park Feb 2016 | 182 pages | US$ 18.00 | Softcover | 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.25 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-063-3

An English rendition of a collection of poetry by Do Jonghwan. Through poetry, Do found beauty in the poverty of his youth and in the sadness and pain from losing his wife to illness. He portrays flowers, trees, creeks, wind, mountains, and other shifts in nature through a unique poetic sensibility. Having accepted poetry as his “fate and 36

companion,” he conveys simple truths and wisdom, such as how life matures and finds beauty amid pain and suffering. This collection was rendered into English by Brother Anthony, President of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch and translator who has introduced international readers to several Korean works, and Jinna Park.

Literature · Poetry

LOVE IS THE PAIN OF FEVERISH FLOWERS 사랑은 꽃몸살 Written by Kwon Cheonhak and Translated by Kim Hana Jan 2016 | 72 pages | US$ 16.00 | Softcover | 7.87 x 5.90 x 0.2 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-060-2

This collection features Kwon’s original Korean poems as well as translations that won the Min Chapbook Competition coorganized by Tamal Vista Publications and Harvard University’s Korea Institute. Each poem is accompanied by a painting by

artist Lee Cheong-cho. Professor Steven Cramer of Lesley University, who served on the competition’s panel of judges, referred to poem “2H2 + O2 = 2H2O” as “the strongest single poem in the whole set of all submissions.”


Written by Kim Heung-sook May 2012 | 180 pages | US$ 15.00 | Softcover | 7.56 x 5.12 x 0.47 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-03-8

This unique collection of unembellished poems invites the reader into a realm of nature and self-reflection. Inspired by a forest in which the author regularly spent time away from the cacophony of the rest of the world, the 81 poems in this

collection are largely confined to just five or six concise, yet thought-provoking, lines. Reflecting on nature, weather, the seasons, aging, love, travel, longing and more, the poems are divided into three categories: “Forest,” “Road” and “Home.”

SHADOWS OF THE VOID Written by Ynhui Park and translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé Apr 2014 | 138 pages | US$ 18.00 | Hardcover | 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-027-5

Shadows of the Void is a collection of work by Ynhui Park, a highly regarded original Korean philosopher and poet. Park’s poems are not difficult; they are usually simple and

suggestive, inviting the reader to share an experience of some moment, some scene, in which the underlying void seems to have yielded to value and meaning. 37

Literary Criticism

SEOUL INT’L FORUM FOR LITERATURE Proceedings from the Seoul International Forum for Literature, with writers and intellectuals from all over the world, have been published into a book to be easily accessible to a concerned global readership.

WRITING FOR PEACE Edited by Kim Uchang Sep 2006 | 648 pages | US$ 39.00 | Hardcover | 9.25 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-08-3

The end of the Cold War raised high hopes for a new age of harmony for humanity; however, we continue to live in a world aspiring for peace. This book offers thoughts on how the act of writing could contribute to fulfilling the hope for peace. The writings of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard

and Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe are included, covering heavy topics such as East Asian concepts of world order; Immanuel Kant’s idea of perpetual peace; peace and race, religion and gender differences; paradigms of modernity and sustainable development.

THE GLOBALIZING WORLD AND THE HUMAN COMMUNITY Edited by Kim Uchang Feb 2012 | 524 pages | US$ 45.00 | Hardcover | 9.13 x 6.34 x 1.14 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-98-1

We live today in a rapidly globalizing world where conventional borders are breaking down in every sphere of our lives. Including the writings of Nobel Prize winners JeanMarie Gustave Le Clézio and Gao Xingjian, this book explores various problems that writers face living in a globalizing world. It deals with issues such as the erosion 38

of communal networks of human life; the changing nature of the readership as it becomes more multicultural and global; the status of writing in the developing multimedia world; and the possibility of a human community emerging out of globalization.

Biography · Religion

BLAZING A TRAIL RAIL WHEN THE ROAD ENDS Shin Yong-ho, Entrepreneur and Founder of the World’s First Education Insurance Edited by Jeong In-yeong Jan 2018 | 372 pages | US$37.00 | Softcover | 5.9 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-180-1

Blazing a Trail When the Road Ends tells the life story of Shin Yong-ho, who founded and built Kyobo Life Insurance, Kyobo Book Centre and the Daesan Foundation. This exciting account of Shin’s life of creativity and ambition chronicles his unusual childhood,

his participation in Korea’s pro-independence movement as a youth, his refusal to be discouraged by failure in middle age and his transformation of Kyobo Life Insurance into one of Korea’s leading companies.

TEN MINUTES TO LIBERATION Written by The Venerable Yongtah Feb 2017 | 216 pages | US$32.00 | Hardcover | 5.7×8.1×0.6 inches | ISBN: 978-1-62412-083-1

If given ten minutes, how would you manage your mind? Momentary liberation can be achieved by purifying oneself of greed or anger by rolling around a single thought when greed and anger emerge to harm the mind’s purity. Daily liberation involves setting aside time each day for Zen meditation—

be it ten, 30 or 60 minutes or longer— so that the sense of self disappears. Liberation should also be discussed in terms of its various dimensions, but its most primary form is the light feeling of “no-self” sensed when the feeling of self disappears.





Lectures on the Il-Won-Sang Vow

Lectures on the Instruction on Repentance

Jun 2011 | 182 pages | US$ 19.00 | Softcover | 7.87 x 5.94 x 0.39 inches ISBN: 978-89-91913-80-6

Jul 2011 | 214 pages | US$ 19.00 Softcover | 7.87 x 5.94 x 0.47 inches ISBN: 978-89-91913-81-3

The first of a trilogy of books containing lectures by Venerable Kyongsan, the fifth Prime Dharma Master of Won-Buddhism, explains in two parts the “Il-Won-Sang Vow,” which is a pledge to live one’s life in a way that emulates Won-Buddhism. “The Truth of Il-Won-Sang” tells us how we can describe the truth and “The Practice of Il-Won-Sang” addresses how we can embody that truth in our everyday life.

The second of a trilogy of books presents a commentary on the “Instruction on Repentance,” a core teaching in the Won-Buddhist faith. This book examines the motivation, meaning, method, and results of repentance practice as a means of ridding ourselves of transgressive karma and becoming buddha-bodhisattvas.



The Diamond Sutra in Daily life Sep 2011 | 384 pages | US$ 34.00 Softcover | 7.87 x 5.90 x 0.74 inches ISBN: 978-89-91913-82-0

The third of a trilogy of books offers an interpretation of The Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture that has special significance in the Won-Buddhist faith. This book goes through each section of the sutra to highlight the significance of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings and instruct the reader on how to emulate the Buddha’s use of the mind.


Dharma Instructions by Master Daesan May 2014 | 236 pages | US$ 24.00 Softcover | 7.87 x 5.90 x 0.45 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-028-2

This is a collection of dharma instructions that presents ordinary readers with the right path for life and guides people who seek awakening to the truth on their journey to communion with it. It is a book to help people of faith awaken to the way to achieve harmony among religions through right faith and cultivation, while offering people everywhere and all humankind a direction for achieving world peace through oneness of the world.


THE SHORE OF FREEDOM Lectures On The Heart Sutra Jul 2015 | 220 pages | US$ 26.00 Softcover | 7.87 x 5.90 x 0.45 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-037-4

Prajna is the truth that governs the universe, the myriad things, society, and life. We must search for prajna in our mind, which is closest to us. We must then use it to extinguish defilements and idle thoughts, do away with desires, and train the mind in mercy, wisdom, and liberation in order to reach the other shore, in other words, to become a buddha. This process is called the profound prajna practice.


COMMENTARY ON THE DHARMA OF TIMELESS ZEN From The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism Jul 2015 | 160 pages | US$ 20.00 Softcover | 7.87 x 5.12 x 0.35 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-039-8

In the broad sense, Timeless Zen is a compound term that refers to Zen when we do and do not have activities, and thus is a concept that encompasses all Zen. It is a dharma of Zen that embraces not only action and rest but also walking, abiding, sitting, lying, speaking, and silence, and because Timeless Zen is a general term for the Zen dharmas performed at any time or place, all Zen dharmas ultimately converge on this dharma of Timeless Zen.


A Religion of Practice, a Light in the World

Lectures on the Verses to the Ten Ox-herding Pictures

Oct 2015 | 56 pages | US$ 20.00 Softcover | 11.69 x 8.26 x 0.15 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-049-7

Feb 2017 | 181 pages | US$22.00 Softcover | 5.9x7.8x0.4 inches ISBN: 978-1-62412-086-2

Crafted in diagram format, this book offers easy and practical methods to apply the principles of WonBuddhism. Prime Dharma Master Daesan details ways for Won-Buddhist practitioners to cultivate their ability to embody Won-Buddhist doctrine and make it more accessible to the public—to embrace new doctrines while remaining faithful to old ones, and to write new Buddhist laws while resurrecting ancient ones.

This dharma instruction book presents the ten stages of taming the ox of the mind through illustrations and poetry. According to the metaphor presented in the picture in the Verse to the Ten Ox-herding Pictures, living as a sentient being implies a state in which the black ox is ailing from its conscience. The objective is to turn this black ox that commits transgressions into the white ox, which symbolizes the Buddha. 41



COLOR YOUR SEOUL Beautiful Classics from Korea’s 10 Landmarks

Female Poets 闺情

Illustrated by Shin Eun-ji

Illustrated by Kim Ji-hye

Sep 2017 | 10 postcards | KRW 9,000 | 7.3 x 5.1 inches ISBN: 978-89-97639-74-8

Oct 2017 | 10 postcards | KRW 18,000 | 10.4 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-77-9

This set of postcards for coloring features 10 Seoul landmarks: Gwanghwamun Gate, N Seoul Tower, Bukchon Hanok Village, Haetae, Cheonggyecheon Stream, 63 Square, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hannamdaegyo Bridge and Seoul City Wall. The front side has each site’s name in Korean and English and the flipside contains information on the site in English.

A collection of illustrations and poetry by five female poets who graced the Joseon Dynasty era. Two works by Shin Saimdang, Yi Maechang, Yi Okbong, Heo Nanseolheon and Hwang Jini are combined into a 10-poem collection that portrays the flutters, romance and yearnings of Joseon’s female poets. The poems are translated into modern Korean and English, with illustrations of portraits of beauties.


Upcoming Titles


A Travel Companion Written by Robert Koehler et al Sep 2018

ESSENTIAL KOREAN PROVERBS Written by Lee Jeyseon & Lee Youseon Sep 2018

LITERATURE AND ITS READERSHIP IN THE CHANGING WORLD Written by Svetlana Alexievich et al Apr 2018

1866 FRENCH EXPEDITION Complied and Translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé Aug 2018

The successor to the popular Seoul guidebook, SEOUL: A Travel Companion cannot simply be called a conventional travel guide. Packed with interviews, essays, photographic stories and, of course, practical travel information, this in-depth introduction to Seoul, one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, has been artisanally crafted by the people who produce Seoul Selection’s monthly magazine SEOUL. This newest volume promises to please both the traveler on the road and the armchair tourist at home.

This is a massive collection of 400 commonly quoted Korean proverbs. Each unit in the beginning allows the reader to guess what each proverb means with the help of illustrations. To show how the proverbs apply in real-life communication, dialogues, practice problems and miniinterviews doable with a friend are presented.

Forty-two literary masters, including Nobel laureates Svetlana Alexievich and J. M. G. Le Clézio, iconic colonialist author Nuruddin Farah and leading Korean intellectual Kim Uchang discuss literature in a changing world. From the commodification of literature to competition with electronic and video media, the authors tackle problems from acute and distinct angles and seek solutions.

This book offers the first English-language translations of all the official reports on and the unofficial personal accounts of the 1866 French expedition to the Korean Peninsula, known in Korean as Byeongin Yangyo. Drawings made during the expedition are also included. This work is invaluable for students of the events leading up to the opening of Korea and the perceptions of Westerners toward Korea in the 19th century. 43

Travel Guide · Culture




평양미술 조선화 너는 누구냐 Pyongyang Art: Uncovering the Complex Layers of Chosonhwa 문범강 지음ㅣ2018ㅣ292쪽ㅣ44,000원ㅣ8.2 x 10.6 x 0.9 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-91-5

북한 현대 미술의 현장과 그동안 금기시되었던 작품들이 최초로 공개된다. 사회주의 사실주의 미술의 정수라고 불리는 조선화와 집체화. 프로파간다와 예술의 경계를 넘나드는 평양미술의 현재 를 생생하게 만날 수 있다. 저자인 미국 조지타운대 미술과 문범 강 교수는 지난 7년간 아홉 차례의 평양 방문을 통해 수집한 방 대한 작품을 소개하고 미학적으로 분석했다. 그뿐만 아니라 평양 의 미술관 및 작가 창작실 방문, 전시 참관, 작가 인터뷰 등을 통 해 얻은 자료들로 입체적이고 현장감 넘치는 평양미술의 과거와 현재를 살핀다.

The modern art scene in North Korea and its formerly unseen works are shown for the first time in this book. Considered quintessential forms of socialist realism art, chosonhwa has pursued a unique method of expression. The book features the reality of Pyongyang’s art scene, which straddles the border between propaganda and art. BG Muhn, a fine arts professor at Georgetown University, presents voluminous works collected over the past seven years and his nine visits to Pyongyang and analyzes their aesthetics. Moreover, he observes the past and present of Pyongyang’s art scene via resources gathered through visits to galleries, exhibitions and artist studios and interviews with the artists.


Books in Korean 소설

빛나 - 서울 하늘 아래

BITNA – SOUS LE CIEL DE SÉOUL J. M. G. 르 클레지오 지음ㅣ송기정 옮김ㅣ2017ㅣ254쪽ㅣ14,000원ㅣ5 x 7.4 x 0.78 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-84-7

노벨문학상 수상작가, 전 세계에서 가장 많은 언어로 번역된 작가, 프랑스 문학의 살아 있는 신화로 불리는 르 클레지오. 그가 서울을 무대로 쓴 첫 장편소설 <빛나 – 서울 하늘 아래>는 거대도시 서울 의 다양한 인간 군상과 도시 풍경을 묘사하고 낱낱의 이야기들을 연결하면서 우리 안에 존재하는 따 뜻한 인간애를 슬프고도 아름답게 그린다. 소설의 주인공 빛나는 대학에 갓 입학한 열아홉 살 전라도 어촌 출신 소녀이다. 르 클레지오와 마 찬가지로 소녀는 거대도시 서울이 낯설고 복잡하고 외롭다. 빛나는 우연히 불치병을 앓는 여인 살로 메에게 이야기를 들려주는 아르바이트를 시작한다. 집 안에 갇힌 채 죽음을 기다리는 살로메는 빛나 와 함께 그의 이야기 속으로 여행을 떠난다.

폭풍우 TEMPÊTE: DEUX NOVELLAS J. M. G. 르 클레지오 지음ㅣ송기정 옮김ㅣ2017ㅣ316쪽ㅣ15,000원ㅣ5 x 7.4 x 1 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-84-7

르 클레지오는 어린 시절 지오그래피 매거진에서 처음 접하고 환상을 품었던 해녀를 수십 년이 지나 제주에서 실제로 보게 되었고, 현실 속에 존재하는 그들의 용기와 삶의 의지에 깊은 감명을 받아 이 소설을 쓰게 되었다. <폭풍우>에는 다른 듯 닮은 두 편의 중편소설이 실려 있다. 해녀 엄마를 둔 혼 혈 소녀 준(‘폭풍우’)과 아프리카 가나의 타코라디 해변에서 태어난 소녀 라셸(‘신원 불명의 소녀’)이 자신들의 정체성을 찾아가는 여정을 그린다.

Le Clézio’s fascination with haenyeo (female divers on Jeju Island) began when he learned of them through a geography magazine he read as a boy. Decades later on the island, the Nobel Prize-winning author met real-life haenyeo, and their courage and will to live inspired him to write this work. Tempête: Deux novellas comprises two mediumlength stories that seem distant yet similar. June is a biracial girl born to a diver mother and Rachel is a mysterious girl born on the coast of Takoradi in Ghana, Africa; both embark on journeys in search of identity. 46

소설 • 에세이

압록강 블루 YALU BLUE 이정 지음ㅣ2018ㅣ360쪽ㅣ13,000원ㅣ5.3 x 8.2x 0.9 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-92-2

마치 다큐멘터리 필름을 보는 듯한 사실적 묘사가 압권인 이 소설은 북한 연출가 로일현과 남한 감독 오혜리 사이의 교감과 사랑을 통해 북한 지식인의 고뇌와 번민을 생생하게 전달한다. 오늘날 북한 사 람들의 삶과 생각을 이념에 치우치지 않고 그려내며 분단이 얼마나 소모적인지, 왜 통일이 절실한지 를 정면으로 다룬다.

The graphic descriptions in this book resemble those of a documentary film. The novel conveys the anguish and agony of a North Korean intellectual through a story of love and empathy between a North Korean producer, Ro Il-hyon, and a South Korean director, Oh Hye-ri. Depicting life and ideology in today’s North Korea without bias, the author expresses the tragedy of national division and the urgency of reunification.

생각라테 THOUGHT-FULL LATTE 김흥숙 지음ㅣ2018ㅣ228쪽ㅣ13,000원ㅣ5.4 x 8.3 x 5.5 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-86-1

‘생각’은 거창하고 어려운 것이 아니다. 하루에 한 잔 커피 마시는 여유를 갖듯, 하루에 단 몇 분만이 라도 무언가를 홀로 가만히 들여다보는 일이다. 스스로를 ‘식물에 가까운 사람’이라고 표현하는 전직 기자이자 칼럼니스트 김흥숙. 그녀가 tbs 라디오 ‘즐거운 산책 김흥숙입니다’를 진행하며 직접 써서 소개했던 짧은 생각들을 모아서 엮었다. 일상의 속도전에서 잃어버린 인생의 선물을 되찾고픈 이들 에게 권하는 책.

“Thinking” is nothing grandiose or difficult. Just like leisurely taking a daily coffee break, a few minutes of solitary observation per day can be thinking. Describing herself as “something closer to a plant,” former journalist and columnist Kim Heung-sook collected and compiled short thoughts she used as scripts for her radio show for this book. She dedicates this work to people who want to rediscover life’s joys that are often lost in the daily rat race. 47

Books in Korean 청소년소설

안중근의 마지막 유언 THE LAST WILL OF AHN JUNG-GEUN 문영숙 지음ㅣ2017ㅣ248쪽ㅣ11,000원ㅣ5.9 x 8 x 0.6 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-68-7

광범위한 사료와 전문 연구자의 고증, 작가의 역사적 상상력으로 완성된 안중근의 삶과 사상에 관한 다큐멘터리 팩션. 문영숙의 전작 <독립운동가 최재형>과 함께 대한제국 말 연해주 독립운동가들의 투쟁을 총체적으로 조명한다.

The author used her imagination along with historical materials to produce this work of “fact-tion” on the life and philosophy of Korean independence leader and martyr Ahn Jung-geun. This book fully highlights the struggle of the Korean independence movement in Primosky Krai, Russian Far East, toward the end of the Korean Empire.

그래도 나는 피었습니다 AND YET I BLOOMED 문영숙 지음ㅣ2016ㅣ216쪽ㅣ10,000원ㅣ8.07 x 5.90 x 0.78 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-65-6

유리의 중학교 졸업식 날, 가출했던 외할머니의 부음을 알리는 전화가 온다. 외할머니가 일본군 위 안부였다는 사실이 밝혀지면서 유리네 가족은 충격과 슬픔에 빠지는 동시에, 새로운 역사의식에 눈을 뜨게 된다.

On the day of Yuri’s middle school graduation, the phone rings: her grandmother, missing since she left home unannounced, has passed away. Only afterward do Yuri and her family learn that her grandmother was a “comfort woman” for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Plunged into shock and grief, they begin to open their eyes to a new understanding of history.

독립운동가 최재형 CHOE JAE-HYEONG: INDEPENDENCE FIGHTER 문영숙 지음 | 2014 | 248쪽 | 9,800원 | 8.07 x 5.98 x 0.55 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-46-5

조선 노비의 아들로 태어나 러시아 한인들의 영웅, 항일 독립운동의 큰 별이 된 최재형. 출신, 국경, 언어의 벽을 넘어 큰 꿈을 펼친 그의 흥미로운 모험담과 스케일이 다른 역사 이야기가 펼쳐진다.

The son of Joseon slaves and the hero of Korean-Russians, Choe Jae-hyeong was a mover and shaker among the Korean independence activists resisting the Japanese occupation of Korea. This book blends the bigger history of the period with the exciting adventures of Choe, who overcame his humble birth and hopped national borders in pursuit of his dreams. 48

청소년소설 • 에세이

꽃제비 영대 ACROSS THE TUMEN 문영숙 지음 | 2013 | 260쪽 | 8,900원 | 8.07 x 5.94 x 0.78 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-32-8

북한의 식량난이 극에 달한 1990년대, 부모를 잃고 꽃제비가 된 소년이 살아 있는 유일한 가족, 누나를 찾아 국경을 넘는다. 지금 우리가 주목해야 할 북한 어린이들의 인권 실태를 다룬 소설. 오리지널 한국어판.

In the 1990s, when North Korea was struck by a terrible famine, the young boy Yeongdae is orphaned. After some time on the streets as a kkotjebi, or beggar, he crosses the border to China in search of his older sister, his only surviving family member.

글뤽아우프: 독일로 간 광부 GLÜCK AUF: KOREAN MINERS IN GERMANY 문영숙 지음ㅣ2015ㅣ263쪽ㅣ11,000원ㅣ8.07 x 5.94 x 0.78 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-61-8

꿈을 안고 독일로 떠난 2만여 명의 젊은이들, 1960년대 파독 광부와 간호사들의 이야기를 소설로 만난다. 막장광부 상우가 독일 대학생이 되기까지 검은 땀과 검은 눈물로 가득한 청춘의 고군분투기.

This novel takes readers back to 1960, when 20,000 Koreans migrated to Germany to work as miners and nurses and pursue their dreams. Witness the coal-colored sweat and tears of young Sang-woo and his lone journey from lowly miner to student at a German university.

찰리와 리즈의 서울 지하철 여행기 SEOUL SUB-URBAN 찰리 어셔, 리즈 아델 그뢰쉔 지음 | 2014 | 356쪽 | 15,000원 | 8.27 x 5.51 x 0.60 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-45-8

미국인 찰리의 서울 지하철을 이용한 서울 탐험기. 틀에 박힌 관광 코스가 아닌, 서울의 번화가와 뒷 골목을 넘나들며 담아낸 독특하고 생기 있는 서울의 다양한 모습을 만날 수 있다.

This book records American Charlie Usher’s travels through Seoul using the city’s clean, safe subway system. Forget about stereotypical tourist destinations—Charlie takes readers on an unforgettable, wild ride through the bustling streets and back alleys of the city. 49

Books in Korean 경제 • 경영 •에세이

지금이라도 중국을 공부하라 1 5 KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING CHINA I 류재윤 지음 | 2017 | 270쪽 | 15,000원 | 5.8×8.7×0.6 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-72-4

20여 년 동안 삼성의 중국협상전문가로 활동해 온 저자가 중국을 움직이는 힘과 원리를 ‘역설’, ‘우리’, ‘지 갑’, ‘시야’, ‘시간’ 등 5가지 키워드로 설명하고 이를 비즈니스 현장에서 사용할 실질적 방안을 제시한다.

A former negotiation specialist for Samsung, the author analyze the forces that motivate and move the Middle Kingdom. He suggests five principles for business dealings with the Chinese: the Chinese paradox, Chinese cuisine, Chinese “us,” Chinese wallet, Chinese perspective and Chinese time.

지금이라도 중국을 공부하라 2 5 KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING CHINA II 류재윤 지음 | 2017 | 328쪽 | 17,000원 | 5.8×8.7×0.8 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-79-3

1편이 참고서라면 2편은 문제집과 해설집이다. 필자가 중국에서 맞닥뜨렸던 수많은 문제와 해법을 5가 지 키워드(‘ 시’, ‘미엔쯔’, ‘상징’, ‘식사자리’, ‘문화’)로 설명한다.

If his first book on doing business with China was a reference, his second is a workbook with commentary. The numerous problems the author experienced in over 20 years of working with China are explained and solved through five keywords: guanxi, mianzi, symbols, table manners and culture.

레몬같은 삶 LIFE LIKE A LEMON 양재택 지음 | 2018 | 264쪽 | 13,000원 | 5.8 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches ISBN: 978-89-97639-85-4

원칙주의자 검사에서 변호사이자 사회활동가로 변신한 저자 양재택의 열정적인 인생 이야기와 명상을 통해 진정한 자신의 삶을 누리는 방법을 함께 나누고자 한다.

The author, a former prosecutor of principle turned lawyer and social activist, shares stories and insights from his eventful life and suggests how to live one’s own life through meditation. 50

KDI-하버드 시리즈

기적에서 성숙으로: 한국경제의 성장 FROM MIRACLE TO MATURITY: The Growth of The Korean Economy 베리 아이켄그린, 드와이트 퍼킨스, 신관호 지음 | 2013 | 380쪽 | 28,000원 | 8.86 x 6.10 x 0.94 inches ISBN: 978-89-97639-33-5

한국경제의 성장속도가 둔화된 것은 ‘위기’가 아닌 ‘성숙’의 지표다. 세계적 석학들이 제시하는 지금 한 국경제에 필요한 새로운 성장동력은 무엇인가. 한국개발연구원(KDI)-하버드 연구시리즈의 첫 한글판.

The slowing growth rate of the Korean economy is not a sign of crisis, but rather of maturity. This book, the first Korean edition in the Korea Development Institute (KDI)– Harvard research series, presents various proposals from preeminent scholars about the next drive of growth in the Korean economy.

한국발전론: 정치경제 불균형 극복의 동학 KOREAN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Crisis, Security, and Institutional Rebalancing

모종린, 배리 와인개스트 지음 | 2015 | 260쪽 | 24,000원 | 8.86 x 6.10 x 0.94 inchesㅣISBN: 978-89-97639-59-5

개발도상국 중 경제와 정치 발전을 동시에 실현한 유일한 국가 대한민국의 발전동력은 무엇인가. 이 책은 한국 발전사를 3번의 전환점과 전략적 선택으로 설명하는 새로운 접근법을 제시한다.

What were the driving forces that led Korea to become the only developing nation to simultaneously achieve economic and political stability? This book offers a fresh perspective on Korea’s path to development, identifying three points of transition and a series of strategic decisions.

한국경제: 기적의 과거에서 지속가능한 미래로 THE KOREAN ECONOMY: From a Miraculous Past to a Sustainable Future 배리 아이켄그린, 임원혁, 박영철, 드와이트 퍼킨스 지음 | 2017 | 382쪽 | 30,000원 | 6.10×8.86×0.94 inches ISBN: 978-89-97639-89-2

동아시아 경제 전문가들이 제시하는 한국경제가 나아갈 길, 한국경제가 직면한 성장 둔화를 극복하고 사회적 통합을 이루기 위한 새로운 발전경로를 모색한다.

Experts on the East Asian economy propose a path for Korea to overcome its slow economic growth and seek development that stresses social integration. 51

예술 • 역사 Travel Guide Books in Korean · Culture

펜화, 한국 건축의 혼을 담다 PEN AND INK DRAWINGS OF KOREAN ARCHITECTURE 김영택 지음 | 2013 | 170쪽 | 32,000원 | 8.85 x 11.41 x 0.62 inches | ISBN: 978-89-97639-38-0

기록펜화의 대가 김영택 화백이 그린 한국 전통건축 90여 점을 모은 작품집. 평균 50~80만 번의 펜터 치를 거쳐 완성된 작품들에는 외형적 아름다움을 넘어서 한국인과 한국 건축의 정신이 담겨 있다.

A collection of about 90 pen and ink drawings of traditional Korean buildings by Kim Yeong-taek, a master of archival drawings. These works, which take from 500 to 800 thousand pen strokes to complete, express not only the external beauty of Korean architecture but also the spirit of the Korean people.

컬러로 보는 한국전쟁 KOREAN WAR IN COLOR 존 리치 지음 | 2010 | 236쪽 | 60,000원 | 12 x 10 x 0.78 inches | ISBN: 978-89-91913-65-3

6.25 전쟁 당시 모습을 고화질 컬러로 포착한 희귀 사진 170여 점을 담은 최초의 한국전쟁 컬러 사진집. 美 NBC 방송 종군기자 존 리치가 전쟁 초기부터 휴전협정 체결까지 스냅 촬영한 사진들은 60여 년 전 격동의 시기를 마치 어제처럼 생생하게 보여준다.

The first Korean War color photography album, presenting around 170 rare, highresolution color photographs from the Korean War. These photographs were taken by John Rich, war correspondent for U.S. broadcaster NBC, between the early stages of the war and the signing of the ceasefire. The book presents chaotic events from six decades ago as vividly as if they had happened yesterday.


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