Elizabeth Kim, a Korean war orphan.
Ten Thousand Sorrows
As a little girl walking with her mother, Elizabeth Kim hears herself called a "honhyol," "a despicable name that meant nonperson, mixed race, animal." Shortly after the end of the Korean War, the mother had returned from Seoul to her native village in shame, pregnant with a GI's child. Mother and daughter live as outcasts in a hut at the edge of town, and from the moment she can walk, the child works alongside her "Omma" in the rice fields.
When the girl is about 4, her grandfather and her uncle demand she be sold as a servant. When her mother refuses, the men strin…
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