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
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]
4.17.17 Book Release Info for Please Love Umma in the Korea Daily Newspaper. Thank you for your support!
3.25.17 A big THANK YOU to the fifty guests who attended the book release/ launch party for Please Love Umma last night! I was so blessed by your support and love. A special thank you to DJ Dvido for spinning the night away with some awesome tunes. It was so much fun celebrating with everyone. Here … More An Amazing Evening in the Arts District of Downtown, Los Angeles
3.24.17 Dduk (rice cakes) are often used as a celebratory food. They can be colorful and shapely, and they can contain sweet fillings or just have a plain flavor. Rice cakes are chosen for particular occasions depending on their color and the role they play in Korea’s traditional culture. Oftentimes, they are used in weddings … More With Love, Rice Cakes
3.14.17 For native Korean readers who have expressed interest and inquired about the premise of Please Love Umma, here are some details in Korean: 한국계 미국인 데뷔 작가인 그레이시 김은 미국 캘리포니아주안에 위치한 LA한인타운에서 겪은 자신의 경험을 바탕으로 이 글을 썼습니다. ‘부디 엄마를 사랑해주세요’ (Please Love Umma) 비록 서로는 사랑하지 않지만 자식을 과잉보호 성향이 있는 … More Please Love Umma’s Synopsis in Korean
3.9.2017 If you would like to purchase a copy of the children’s novel, Please Love Umma, it has been released on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites! You can purchase a Kindle copy, Nook copy, or a paperback copy. Stay tuned for release in libraries and academic institutions throughout the year. [book details: for advanced … More Please Love Umma Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble
3.3.2017 Yesterday was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Yes, he is an iconic children’s book writer, and yes, he was a racist in his time. I really admire the letter these children’s parents wrote to their kids’ teacher/principal. I strongly believe the educational system is a platform and safe arena where we can share different truths within … More Kudos
3.2.2017 Jenna, the main character of Please Love Umma, uses metal chopsticks to pick at her kimchi. Actually, metal chopsticks are a part of Korean history and culture, and Koreans are known to be the only Asians who use them. Here are a few interesting facts about Koreans and metal chopsticks: *Way back in time, … More Metal Chopsticks
2/15/17 My favorite kimchi dish is kimchi pork stew! There are so many different ways to eat kimchi. How do you enjoy your kimchi? Please comment below! “In the kitchen, Umma was in her apron, squatting, with her stubby toes planted on the cold floor. A huge plastic bucket was in front of her, and … More What is your favorite kimchi dish?