When My Name Was Keoko

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When My Name Was Keoko

When My Name Was Keoko By Linda Sue Park When My Name Was Keoko Sun hee and her older brother Tae yul live in Korea with their parents Because Korea is under Japanese occupation the children study Japanese and speak it at school Their own language their flag

  • Title: When My Name Was Keoko
  • Author: Linda Sue Park
  • ISBN: 9780547722399
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • When My Name Was Keoko By Linda Sue Park Sun hee and her older brother, Tae yul, live in Korea with their parents Because Korea is under Japanese occupation, the children study Japanese and speak it at school Their own language, their flag, the folktales Uncle tells them even their names are all part of the Korean culture that is now forbidden When World War II comes to Korea, Sun hee is surprised that the JapSun hee and her older brother, Tae yul, live in Korea with their parents Because Korea is under Japanese occupation, the children study Japanese and speak it at school Their own language, their flag, the folktales Uncle tells them even their names are all part of the Korean culture that is now forbidden When World War II comes to Korea, Sun hee is surprised that the Japanese expect their Korean subjects to fight on their side But the greatest shock of all comes when Tae yul enlists in the Japanese army in an attempt to protect Uncle, who is suspected of aiding the Korean resistance Sun hee stays behind, entrusted with the life and death secrets of a family at war.
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    1. haley on said:

      This book had been sitting on my TBR list for ages Even when I finally checked it out of the library it took weeks for me to actually start reading it But I decided to start it today, and I m so glad I did I connected to this book on a personal level that no book have ever been able to achieve for me My paternal grandmother is Korean She grew up in Seoul during WW2, and I remember her telling me stories about how she had to help with war preparations at school as a child Reading about Sun hee s [...]

    2. Nichole on said:

      This book falls into a category of books to which I have referred several times in the past enjoyed post book club When I read it through, my initial reaction what that it was nice it was a nice story about a girl, her brother, and how her family coped with the war It was only after I attended the book club discussion that the intricacies of the story came to life The discussion helped me to understand in my heart what I already understood in my head thanks ladies.This story focuses on the other [...]

    3. Barb Middleton on said:

      Writing reviews is like skipping a flat stone across a lake At least for me Sometimes the rock whirls like a Frisbee and I m excitedly counting out loud each skip along the surface Other times it hits the water with a thunk and sinks immediately with me quickly releasing another one to cover up my fuddy duddy toss Writing can be like that for some authors A hit or miss Then there are others who are so good at their craft they just fling rocks like Frisbees in rapid succession I would put Linda S [...]

    4. Bob Beemsterboer on said:

      Linda Sue Park expertly narrates the fictional story of her mother s experience with the Japanese occupation of Korea during World War 2 She meshes actual historical events with her own story to help the reader imagine what a typical Korean family went through while under Japanese rule As a history teacher, this story was particularly interesting to me, since WW2 told from the Korean perspective is not something that is widely known This part of Korean history is often discarded from history boo [...]

    5. Erin on said:

      3.5 starsWhen My Name Was Keoko is an immersive look into Korean life during World War II I had only gotten a few pages into this book when I had to confront myself on my own stupidity why did I not know that Korea had been occupied by Japan in the early 20th century I just took a Japanese literature course that briefly dealt with history, as well You d think I would know this.The reality of having your culture stamped down by a stronger country is presented here with no melodrama or vilifying W [...]

    6. Becky on said:

      This is probably going to be another one of those personal reflection kind of posts, rather than an actual book review The book deals a lot with what it means to be Korean, especially as opposed to being Japanese At one point Sun hee gets worried, because she knows Americans can t tell the difference between a Japanese person and a Korean one on sight The funny thing is that I kind of related Everyone in England thinks I m American until I tell them otherwise So I am left thinking about the cons [...]

    7. Philip on said:

      This might top out my list of possible 7th grade social studies books It s very good, and ties in with the Indiana Standards really well.I m finding and YA literature that deals with Pre WWII Japanese Imperialism While I feel like in general Americans are still primarily focused with the European Theater, I m sensing a shift with the distance that is now between us and the events.We do a colonization simulation in class, in which the students create 4 cultures One is smaller, the rest are larg [...]

    8. Patrice on said:

      This is a really gripping read about the Japanese occupation of Korea told from the point of view of a girl named Sun Hee beginning in 1940 Excellent historical fiction by Linda Sue Park, and I d argue accessible at least for adults because it s such recent history Kitefighters is also excellent about 14th century Korea, and I m working on A Single Shard, another way back historical fiction book Linda Sue Park has this great way of incorporating information that the average American might not k [...]

    9. Paula Soper on said:

      AND, I taught it First read I want to teach this book I want to teach this book I want to teach this book.I ve decided that I m tired of WWII units only being about Hitler and the Holocaust I suggest that teachers bring in books about Stalin likeBetween Shades of Grey and how Hirohito demanded the Japanese soldiers treat the Koreans this book Obviously other stuff that I haven t thought of should also be taught.This book gives a fascinating view of daily life for a Korean girl and her family und [...]

    10. Jessica on said:

      An enthralling look at life in Korea under Japanese occupation I had no idea that, before WWII even started, the Koreans were living under harsh Japanese rule Everything was taken from them their language, culture, wealth, status, even their names This book moves back and forth between a brother and sister, each striving to maintain their Korean identity in different ways Lots of great detail about everyday life, as well as a look at the highlights of the war.

    11. Lauren on said:

      I read this book because it was required for my class However, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel It was so interesting to see World War II from the point of Korean youth As an American, I had only heard about what happened in Germany during World War II, and it was eye opening to see the impact that America had on the Japanese and Korean people I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, or anyone who is wanting to read a story from a different perspective than most other [...]

    12. MaryAnn on said:

      This was a wonderful book on many levels It has poetry, compelling articulate characters, tells a believable story of survival and dignity in the midst of a dehumanizing situation It taught me about a part of WWII that I must have slept through in High School World History I now understand a little about a culture I knew little or nothing about except that Kimichi is something you don t swallow a lot of if you have never tasted it before I have a little insight into the current state of the Ko [...]

    13. Dianna Caley on said:

      This was another one of my lit circle books It s written for children, but I would recommend it for adults too It s the story of a brother and sister living in Korea during world war II At that time Korea had been under Japanese rule for thirty years and many people could not speak Korean The historical period is really interesting and the narrative was really exciting and interesting too I had a hard time putting it down.

    14. Dawn Michelle on said:

      This book was amazing There is so much history here history that I was totally unaware of I had no idea that Japan occupied Korea at one time and occupied in a very brutal way This story is told simply in a dual POV of a brother and sister and their lives during the occupation of Japan and then the war with the United States.Very well done and I highly recommend this book to anyone.

    15. Jasmine on said:

      This was a really moving story, and I learned a lot about both Korean culture and a very challenging time in history Shifting between the two sibling s perspectives gave a nice wide view of what was happening in Korea during the Second World War, and the characters were interesting The ending very much felt like a children s lit kind of ending, but it was completely unbelievable I would definitely recommend this to kids who like historical fiction I actually saw a lot of parallels between how th [...]

    16. Neha on said:

      How could an alphabet letters that didn t even mean anything by themselves be important But it was important Our stories, our names, our alphabet Even Uncle s newspaper It was all about words If words weren t important, they wouldn t try so hard to take them away page 49 When My Name Was Keoko, by Linda Sue Park, is a fascinating book about Korea under Japenese occupation in World War II It is written in the perspectives of Sun hee and Tae yul, two Korean children, who are brother and sister The [...]

    17. Dorothy Zaugg on said:

      Plot The plot was very realistic This book was based on a true story and everything tied together in the end I learned a lot about Korea and Japan in World War II This book also gives you an idea about what the Koreans and Japanese think about the Americans The book made a lot of sense It was easy to follow Having two people narrating Sun Hee and Tae Yul helped me understand the book because it showed both sides of the story There was nothing missing Setting The book took place in Korea during W [...]

    18. Marg on said:

      When my name was Keoko is historical fiction and gives the reader a snapshot of the hardships of life in Japanese occupied Korea during the Second World War Beginning in 1940, the Japanese Emperor issues orders that all Korean family members have to change their names to Japanese It is why Sun hee became Keoko.The story is told by the two children, Sun hee and her older brother Tae yul, as they struggle to understand why the Japanese seem intent on destroying the culture of their proud country a [...]

    19. Rachel Craig on said:

      Ever since I lived in South Korea for eight months, I have been greatly interested in studying its history and its culture Adult books on this topic I have read include The Birth of Korean Cool How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture and A Journey in Search of Korea s Beauty I had never read anything written for children about Korea, and my knowledge of Korean history post World War 2 is lacking I found this children s fiction book on my library s website and proceded to check [...]

    20. Joey Zadina on said:

      This book was a great read for a reader of any age It told the story of a young Korean girl and her brother, along with the rest of their family, and how they were repressed by the Japanese government and made to change their Korean names to Japanese names Throughout this book, there is a story told of triumph in hard times, and of having pride in the culture that you are from I was inspired by this book and I am sure that my students would be inspired by it as well I would use this book as a re [...]

    21. Danielle on said:

      Summary When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park 2004 Sun hee and her older brother Tae yul are proud of their Korean heritage Yet they live their lives under Japanese occupation All students must read and write in Japanese and no one can fly the Korean flag Hardest of all is when the Japanese Emperor forces all Koreans to take Japanese names Sun hee and Tae yul become Keoko and Nobuo Korea is torn apart by their Japanese invaders during World War II Everyone must help with war preparations, but [...]

    22. Cami on said:

      A tender tale of a Koren family during Japan s WWII occupation.I feel a bit foolish for never considering what was happening to other Asiatic countries during WWII It was a terrible removal of identity for them Stripped of their language, national tree, flag, history and even their Korean names, the Korean people struggled with all the war efforts pressed upon them by their Japanese masters.This is the fictional story of one family, told throught the eyes of Sun Yee and Tae Yul, sister and broth [...]

    23. Ashley on said:

      I absolutely loved this book I initially read it for class, but in the end loved it than I would ve thought It was one of those novels where you are able to connect with the characters and in a way feel what they feel the entire time The story follows the cultural differences between the two different societies and shows how much of an effect something can have on an entire nation I found myself rooting for the Koreans and getting so upset with the Japaneses for treating the other nation as if [...]

    24. Tyler Schulz on said:

      In the beginning of the book, it was a little boring and it did not have much action It explained what everyday life was like for Sun hee daughter and Tae yul son It shows the hardships the family went through when their Korean culture is taken from them by the Japenese As the Japanese become aggressive and the Uncle is working in a secret resistance, it described the cautious acts that everyone had to pertain when going out in public In the end, it was the most suspenseful and there was a lot [...]

    25. Jordan Funke on said:

      I read this because I was going to meet the author Though I m obsessed with all things Korean, I don t enjoy stories or history of war Reading about the worst parts of humanity is difficult for me Because this story is told from the perspective of young teens with no access to the outside world, their perspective is very naive Throughout the story they learn about the outside world and its complications, helping the Korean independence movement in the ways they can This world War two story hard [...]

    26. Erin on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, I really didn t know much about the Japaneses and Korean but this book left me wanting to know about the Koreans and Japaneses, but it did gave me a lot detail about what the Koreans went through during WWII from the prespective from not only a child and teen This book also showed the hardship that modern Koreans family s faced from the Japanese When My Name Was Keoko shared the bond and friendship made along the way and the segregation of Japanese and Korean childr [...]

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