On the road for vacation and, as always, checking local bookstores for Korean literature. This time (as last time) I stopped in at Eastwind Books, whose motto is: Bookselling since 1982: Asian American literature, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Language Learning, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts, Qigong, Children’s Books, Art Supplies. Eastwind sells new, used, and academic works, so I had high hopes of finding something that I could read while on vacation.
As I approach it, the front is friendly enough:
But these are ALL the books in the Korean section (The Green underline shows the section more clearly):
A grand total of 16 books in a store that holds thousands (to be fair, there was one book and hangul and one book on K-pop on the flat tables). And not one of them was translated fiction. There was no The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, no The Investigation, and even Please Look After Mom, which the computer claimed the store had, had gone missing.
The friendly clerk said, “Well, the owners are Chinese, so they don’t care that much [about Korean books].
Ugh…. if Korean books can’t be found here, I wonder what bookstores they can be found in.