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Olympic Boulevard
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 12,000
USD 8.73
Author: Philip Onho Lee (Translator: John Cha)
Publisher: Seoul Selection
Pub. Date: Jun 2016
Pages: 260
Cover: Softcover
Dimensions (in inches): 5.2 x 7.5 x 0.7
ISBN: 9781624120701
Language: English
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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.

A warmly witty, often comical depiction of the loves,

joys and sorrows of first-generation immigrants,

and above all, their ardor for life

Philip Onho Lee has written a Korean-American novel worth lauding. In his honest portrayal of newly middle-class families who find in their lives equal cause for celebration and lament, Lee reminds us that living a meaningful life is not about where we are but about how fully we embrace our shared humanity.

Lim Heon-yong, literary critic

With jaunty wit, a rich sense of humor and a concise style faithful to the rhythms of natural speech, Philip Onho Lee spins a delightful tale. Readers will find themselves deeply invested in this story of everyday adversities, cultural negotiation and nostalgic longing—the comprehensive firstgeneration immigrant experience.

Jaemin Rho, former librarian, Los Angeles Public Library


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