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Olympic Boulevard

Olympic Boulevard
  • Author : Philip Onho Lee
  • Translator : John Cha
  • Publisher : Seoul Selection
  • Pub. Date : June 2016
  • Cover : Softcover
  • Dimensions (in inches) : 5.2 x 7.5 x 0.7
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN : 9781624120701


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    Author’s note


    Hongdari and Helen



    Blue Sky


    The Kkwari Episode

    Bachelor Party

    Hongdari’s Blues

    Stars over Wilderness

    Going to Santa Monica

    Woman by the Beach

    A Brilliant White Path

    Going Home


    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.

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