2017 SoCal Youth Writing Contest for Please Love Umma

10.19.17 Who can participate? All kids residing in Southern California in grades 4-7 or ages 9-12 Parents must verify that the assigned reading material of Please Love Umma is appropriate for the participant. This is a children’s novel for advanced readers with many difficult topics and moderately violent depictions. Writing topic? Write an essay on 1-2 … More 2017 SoCal Youth Writing Contest for Please Love Umma

Cali Palms

5.4.17 Jenna, the protagonist of Please Love Umma, notices a street that is lined with palm trees as she and Abba drive to the bookstore. She feels as if they are cruising atop a gigantic California postcard. Ironically, most of the palm trees in California are not native to the state. They were brought for … More Cali Palms

Interview with the Korea Daily: Memories of a 2nd-Gen Korean-American [25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots]

4.28.17 Being an avid reader as a child, some of my favorite authors when I was nine years old were Eleanor Estes, Ann M. Martin, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Roald Dahl, and Judy Blume. While I loved reading about the characters in these stories, I could not fully identify with them due to cultural differences. … More Interview with the Korea Daily: Memories of a 2nd-Gen Korean-American [25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots]