12.15.17 Congratulations to Katherine Verrando, 1st place winner of Please Love Umma’s 2017 Writing Contest! Your thoughtful and poignant essay was so well-written. It was so much fun spending the afternoon with you and your lovely mom at the MOIC in Los Angeles!
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
7.6.17 I cherish the childhood memories I have of walking to the public library in Koreatown, Los Angeles with my father to borrow books with my library card. Currently, Please Love Umma is slowly making its way into public libraries. It was such a pleasure to meet the children’s librarian at the Palos Verdes Library … More Please Love Umma in Public Libraries
5.9.17 Book Release Info for Please Love Umma in the Los Angeles Korea Times Newspaper (한국일보). Thank you for your support! http://www.koreatimes.com/article/20170506/1054805
5.6.17 Book Release Info for Please Love Umma in the New York Korea Times Newspaper. Thank you for your support!
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]
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
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?