lee eun sook

it’s international women’s day, and i’m not that big on hashtags (despite sporadic participation), but i’m all about opportunities to share asian-american and [east] asian books-in-translation (i admit/acknowledge that my geographic focus is narrow).  here are ten books by international women i love.

  1. banana yoshimoto, lizard (washington square press, 1995)
  2. marilynne robinson, lila (FSG, 2014)
  3. krys lee, drifting house (viking, 2012)
  4. ruth ozeki, a tale for the time being (penguin, 2013)
  5. mary shelly, frankenstein (penguin clothbound classics, 2013)
  6. han kang, human acts (portobello books, 2016)
  7. helen macdonald, h is for hawk (grove press, 2015)
  8. charlotte brontë, jane eyre (penguin clothbound classics, 2009)
  9. jang eun-jin, no one writes back (dalkey archive press, 2013)
  10. shin kyung-sook, i’ll be right there (other press, 2014)

also, one of my favorite book quotes comes from yoshimoto’s “helix,” a story which can be found in her collection, lizard:

“even when i have crushes on other men, i always see you in the curve of their eyebrows.”  (64)

happy international reading!

Korean Actors Stun At The 22nd Busan International Film Festival Opening Red Carpet

Korean Actors Stun At The 22nd Busan International Film Festival Opening Red Carpet

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The 22nd Busan International Film Festival officially started on October 12 and held an opening red carpet featuring gorgeous and handsome stars. Korean stars like Girls’ Generation’s YoonA and non-Korean actors like Aoi Yu were in attendance.

The film festival will feature showings and premieres of 129 films (both long and short films) and will take place until October 21.

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I don’t think I’ll ever get over Goblin.

OMG I’m choking up again. I watched Episode 15 & 16 for the 4th time and I’m kinda coming into terms with the ending. Though I’ll prolly be posting countless stuff related to Goblin for the next few weeks.

The last moments after Kim Shin says “The first and last…. Goblin’s bride” the way they gaze at each other with their tears welling up and Winter is Coming playing in the background, as the camera zooms out. Our Goblin couple still gazing at each other with the scenery around them. It was perfect. I feel weird but warm.

I’m gonna miss them so so much. I loved every single character so so much. Even the ghosts. Especially the ghost in the grey knitwear (I hope in one of Ji Eun Tak’s lifetime they meet and become bffs). I can’t stop sighing now. I think I have been crying since Friday non-stop.

Even now as I listen to Winter is Coming and First Snow (첫 눈) and type this, I’m tearing up.