There are books about Dosan, Susan Ahn Cuddy, Philip Ahn and Korean/Korean American history listed below. There are titles in blue which have links to online stores where some of these books may be found.
These are three informative books on Korean and Korean American history. Each book portrays the life of a true role model. I worked on each one of them. There are hardly any original release copies left. Please Google them and you may have good luck finding a decent used one. They are out there to be found.
Love Yourself Love Others is about leadership through Dosan's philosophy of service leadership over power leadership. My sister and I edited the English. I provided most of the photos. I corrected all the historical content making the English version much more accurate than the Korean version. The inclusion of Dosan's writings is cool. The Chronology I wrote is one of the most thorough. The story and ideals about "geese" or "kirogi" is included.
Willow Tree Shadeby John Cha is a very nice biographical sketch of my mom's story up to 2003. I supplied the photos, but, I wish they had utilized them better. The images are not crisp or sized properly. Nevertheless, readers will learn a great deal about early Korean immigrants' lives through my mom's life story.
Hollywood Asian by Dr. Hye Sung Chung was inspired by an article I wrote called Born in America for a website in 1996 (a long time ago). I will try to find the article and post it. Philip's story is amazing. This is more of a college level text book accounting the political aspects of my Uncle Philp's movie career and life. My Uncle was the father figure for the Ahns because Dosan was hardly ever with the family. Dosan felt he sinned being such a bad father. Dosan had to save Korea and had no choice but to sacrifice his family. The Ahn siblings looked up to Philip and his mother counted on his strength and support as the oldest boy/man.
Unfortunately. there is no book about my Halmoni. I worked on an article in a magazine I am trying to find and will post it. Her story is actually the most important. Without my grandmother's patriotism, loyalty, courage and love Dosan could not accomplish all he did. She was the second Korean woman to come to America. Dosan and Helen Ahn were the first Korean married couple to come to America. Helen Ahn was the second womann to come to America from Korea. They arrived in San Francisco on October 14, 1902.
Essential Books for Korean History
Carol Cameron Shaw - Interesting book on early Korean International politics
Shocking account of the US, an odd evil con man and the Korean War.
Wayne Patterson exposes the backhanded workings of Korean immigration to Hawaii
This is a partial list of books I have used over the years to learn about Korean and Korean American history. Some of these may be hard to find. Two good libraries for books are Korean Cultural Center and The East Asian Library at USC. If you have any questions contact us.
Click on Blue Linked title to go to Amazon.com to find books listed below. Some are linked to other sources.
Koreans in America Warren Y. Kim Po Chin Chai 1971
The Korean Nationalist Movement and An Chang Ho, Advocate of Gradualism Arthur Leslie Gardner University of Hawaii 1979 Dissertation copy available at University Microfilms International ph: 800-521-0600
Korea: The Turbulent Decade Chongik Rhee Nanam 1989
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