Kim Chi-won Goes Up on Wikipedia

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This is a Korean name; the family name is “김치원”.

KimChi-won (born 1943) (Hangul: 김) is a South Korean writer.



[edit] Life

Kim Chi-won is the product of a literary family. Born in 1943 in the Gyeonggi Province, here mother is Ch’oe Chong-hui, who was one of the most popular female Korean writers in the twentieth century and her sister, Kim Ch’ae-won is also a writer [1] In 1965, Kim Chi-won graduated from Ehwa University and published her first story in 1974. Since the 1970’s Kim has lived in New York.[2]


[edit] Work

Kim writes primarily about women in failed relationships with husbands (A Certain Beginning in 1974 and Lullaby in 1979).[3]In A Certain beginning a woman is hopelessly trapped between social expectations of money and relationships. Set in the Unites States, protagonist Yun-ja agrees to marry Chong-il so that he can get a green card. Left by her first husband and in middle age, Yun-ja hopes that the wedding will actually work out, both because it would be a welcome change and because she yearns for a better apartment. While both Yun-ja and Chong-il seem open to this possibility at first, Chong-il comes to see his arrangement as the purchase of an aging prostitute. Women are portrayed as having only their bodies as assets and although Yun-jamakes a brave statement of independence at the end of the book, it seems an empty statement given her feelings of vulnerability related to her previous marriage, age, and physical condition. [4]

Kim’s story Almaden is similar. A Korean woman in New York is unhappy with her marriage and life. At the liquor store in which she and her husband work, a regular client becomes the focus of her dreams of relationship. She becomes increasingly unhappy with her real life, but when her fantasy lover disappears, she is left back in her initial position, uselessly hoping that some other man will come to rescue her from her plight.[5]


[edit] Works in English

A Certain Beginning (in Words of Farewell Stories by Korean Women Writers)
Lullaby (in Words of Farewell Stories by Korean Women Writers)

[edit] Works in Korean (Partial)

[edit] References

  1. ^ Words of Farewell, Bruce Fulton (trans) Seal Press, 1989 p. x
  2. ^ Words of Farewell, Bruce Fulton (trans) Seal Press, 1989 p. x
  3. ^ Words of Farewell, Bruce Fulton (trans) Seal Press, 1989 p. x
  4. ^ New Voices, Review by Sara Dorow (Fall 1998 issue):
  5. ^ “Almaden” Maria T. Kelsay:…/Kelsay_2001.pdf

2 thoughts on “Kim Chi-won Goes Up on Wikipedia

  1. Fix the typos.

    “here mother is ” should be “her mother is”

    “and her sister, Kim Ch’ae” — the reader has to guess as to whether you mean the mother’s sister or the focus of the article’s sister

    “In A Certain beginning a woman ” should be “In ‘A Certain Beginning,’ a woman”

    “and although Yun-jamakes ” ===> “and although Yun-ja makes ”

    And, for the works cited as works in English and References, list the ISBN if they are books.

    That way, people can more easily purchase them wherever, not just at Amazon.

  2. Some of those I caught yesterday and fixed in various ways on the wiki page.. I still need to add the ISBNs..


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