Yang Gui-ja Goes up on the Wikipedia

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Yang Gui-ja (born 1955) (Hangul: 양) is a South Korean writer.


Yang Gui-ja was born July 1th, 1955 in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do[1] and graduated from Weongwang University in 1978 with a degree in Korean Literature.[2] She later moved to Seoul after her marriage in 1980.[3] Yang made her literary debut with the short stories Starting a New Morning and The Door Already Closed (two titles which hint at the breadth of her approach). In 1986 she achieved popular success with the release of her collection of linked short stories (yeonjak seosal) Neighbors in Wonmi-dong, for which she is still most famous. [4] This collection was a painstaking depiction of the lives of people on the periphery of industrial culture. In 998 Yang won the Fifth Yoo Juhyoen Literature award and followed up by winning the even more prestigious Lee Sang Literature Award in 1992.[5]

As the 1990s turned into a consumer culture in Korea, and a mood of disillusionment replaced the political (and to some extent economic) hope that had characterized the nation. Yang’s work followed along. [6] In 1992 she wrote The Hidden Flower which told the story, in some ways autobiographical, or an author searching for new hope after her old ideals have been destroyed. In The Road to Cheonma Tombs, Yang’s protagonist successfully struggles to come to terms with his past trauma and current powerlessness. The Hidden Flower and The Road to Cheonma Tombs are collected with three other stories, Mountain Flower, Opportunist, and Sadness Gives Strength, in a collection named for the latter story. [7]

Since the mid-1980s she has been known as more than an fiction writer, writing in women’s magazines, newspapers, and other general media. In the 1990s she also opened a popular restaurant in Seoul.[8]


Yang’s best-known early work, was the 1987 Wonmi-dong saramdeul (Neighbors in Wonmi-dong), which depicted the isolation and alienated status of small towns as a result of modernization.[9] This work was published in English as A Distant and Beautiful Place, which reflects the literal meaning of the Korean title. During the 1990s Yang’s fiction became more and more personal featuring a run of popular works that included Contradictions (‘Mosun’), which was the best-selling Korean novel of 1998.[10]

Works in English

A Distant and Beautiful Place

Works in Korean (Partial)

Along the River of Babylon
The Deaf Bird
I Wish for What is Forbidden to Me
Neighbors in Wonmi-dong
Sorrow Can Be Power
Love for a Thousand Years


  1. ^ KLTI Author app
  2. ^ Who’s who in contemporary women’s writing. Jane Eldridge Miller. P. 353
  3. ^ The Columbia Companion to modern East Asian literature. Julie Pickering. p 738
  4. ^ Korea Literature Translation Institute. Korean Writers: The Novelists p. 12 231
  5. ^ KLTI Author App
  6. ^ KLTI Author App
  7. ^ Korea Literature Translation Institute. Korean Writers: The Novelists p. 234
  8. ^ The Columbia Companion to modern East Asian literature. Julie Pickering. p 738
  9. ^ A History of Korean Literature, Peter H. Lee. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 2003, p.492
  10. ^ Contradictions, YANG Gui-ja Translated by Stephen EPSTEIN and KIM Mi-Young ISBN-10:1-885445-26-1

External links

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3 thoughts on “Yang Gui-ja Goes up on the Wikipedia

  1. Surely that date of birth in the Life text is an error. Could you check and correct/confirm please? Sorry for being so fastidious!

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