Word from Asia: Contemporary Writing from Korea

 NEW YORK, April 30, 2011 - Asia Society kicked off a day of literary events on Saturday with Word from Asia: Contemporary Writing from Korea. The panel was moderated by Bruce Fulton, renowned Korean-to-English translator. He began by introducing the people and events that have help found modern Korean literature. He was then joined by Susan Choi, a Korean-American writer, and Young-Ha Kim, one of the most talented modern Korean writers.

Choi and Kim are two very different writers, with Choi representing the Korean diaspora and Kim ensconced in the literary world of Korea. Yet they had much to discuss, such as the experiences that led them to become writers, the difficulties of breaking into the literary world and the struggles of translation. The event was a part of PEN World Voices, which aims to introduce new voices from various cultures into the American literary world.