Clay Walls has ratings and 16 reviews. C. said: I had a special interest in this book since the writer was the wife of my mother’s cousin I learne. 1 Ronyoung Kim deplores that “A whole generation of Korean immigrants and To that end, in she wrote Clay Walls in which she portrays an invisible. An immigrant novel of quiet power and sensitivity—the story of Koreans fighting their way into American society in the years following WW I.

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I received closure at the end of the book, even though it may c,ay seem like closure?? There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Her husband, Chun, starts a successful produce business and eventually buys them a house, but Haesu always dreams of going home. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This novel brings up the interesting situation of being a Korean immigrant living wqlls the States, beginning in the s and following the development of a ikm, Haesu, and her family. What a wonderful book this is! They leave Korea to escape the vice-like grip of the encroaching Japanese, and finally wind up in Los Angeles inwhere they have three children Harold, John and Faye and Chun lands a lucrative contract selling produce to the Navy.

Overall, this novel does a masterful job of accurately portraying Koreans in their struggle to adapt to new situations in America and the impact of the Japanese aggression in both Asia and later on in America. When the Depression comes, Chun loses his job, gambles away their home, and finally dies alone, a bellhop in a Reno hotel. I highly recommend this book. From this novel, we can see what it really meant to be a Korean living in States, with trying to keep the Korean identity while living in a foreign land.


But if you do know about it already, it’s cliched and two-dimensional and overly simplified and boring.

Each story gives a pretty great look into their outlook on their life and how they are dealing with being Korean in America. Jul 06, Madelyn rated it really liked it. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The book is loosely based on my great-grandparent’s life in America, and it is an important Korean-American history as well.

CLAY WALLS by Kim Ronyoung | Kirkus Reviews

As one generation gives over to the next, the focus of Clay Walls ronyoujg to Haesu’s daughter, Faye, who must find her place between her mother’s world and the United States outside her front door. Faye grows up knowing only the States; her brothers and male friends join the military after the attack on Pearl Harborand at the end of the novel, she is being courted by a Korean medical student from Yale.

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Born a yangban, or an aristocrat, Haesu is determined never Yinzadi rated it really liked it Dec 10, No trivia or quizzes yet. Review A new contribution to American ‘literary ethnography,’ this fictionalized account is a Korean-American complement to Alex Haley’s best seller. Account Options Sign in.


Her hatred of anything Japanese is unwavering, especially after she visits Korea and sees that a permanent return is impossible as long as the Japanese are present. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Dogeaters Contemporary American Fiction. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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Chun and Haesu had fled to the Wallss States after Korea was annexed by Japan inbut find their relationship difficult in the States, due partly to American racial discrimination but due also to the class differences between them.

Actually, maybe I can Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Too bad this author only wrote one book before passing away. In fact, it’s a very interesting read.

Much like other reviewers here, I thoroughly enjoyed the narration from the mother’s perspective most, she gives the readers a first had account into the life of a Korean migrant forced to into an arranged marriage, then forced to flee from her ancestral homeland because of her husband sought after due to a mistaken identity.