New book celebrates Korean American culture
Former ABC30 presenter and reporter Christine Paik (formerly known by her maiden name, Park) has put her own heart and heritage into a dream project.
This week, she released her first children’s book, The Girl in the Gold Dress, which reflects Korean American culture in a multigenerational story and hopes to inspire appreciation and pride beyond the pages.
The book features a 10-year-old girl performing a traditional Korean fan dance at her school’s talent show.
“She’s got this dress rehearsal, and she’s just bombshells,” she said. “She can’t bring herself to do it and she’s too embarrassed, it’s too different and too Korean. So she’s having this conversation with her mom on the way to the talent show. Her mom tells her the story of the talent show. dress she wears and its connection to her family history. It really changes her perspective from embarrassment to pride as she continues to truly understand. “
Paik says that growing up there weren’t many books with Asian American heroines – and that hasn’t changed much.
With the rise of anti-Asian violence in the United States, she felt the urgency to act. Written during the pandemic, it was a passionate project with his mother, Jung Lin Park, who illustrated the book.
“It’s just a really good number one way to get Asian American children to see books that reflect their own experiences or their own cultural heritage or upbringing,” she said. Number two, expose children of all backgrounds and ages to Korean American and Asian American culture in an educational and respectful manner. Third, you know, you hope that by exposing children to more literature. diverse, they have grown to be adults who respect other cultures and differences.
Her mother majored in art in Seoul, Korea, but her love for painting was put on the back burner after immigrating to America and raising three children.
“It’s so meaningful because I know what she sacrificed and what she gave up on giving me, the life and the opportunity that I have. And so in a way for me, it’s is a way to pay her back and, you know and say, look, we can do it together. We’ve got something that lasts beyond us. “
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