By Peter Hyun
In 1924 seventeen-year-old Peter Hyun arrived in Hawaii with 3 more youthful siblings, abandoning friends and family in Japanese-occupied Seoul and the Korean group of exiles in Shanghai. The early chapters of this lively autobiographical account, the sequel to guy Sei!, recount Hyun's existence as a tender Korean coming of age in Hawaii and as a faculty pupil learning philosophy and theatre arts in Indiana. After collage, Hyun moved to ny and in 1930 started operating as an assistant degree supervisor with Eva LeGallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre. He later went directly to direct theatre businesses in manhattan, Massachusetts, California, and Montreal. As Hyun was once one among just a handful of minorities operating within the avant garde theatre within the Thirties and Forties, his account contributes to our figuring out of where of Asians in artwork outdoor the mainstream. He additionally presents a private standpoint on key sessions in American race kinfolk, really in the course of international battle II and the Korean conflict. within the New global celebrates a wealthy lifestyles packed with variety. all through his lifestyles, Hyun believed that the making of a Korean American used to be basically a cultural marriage - a wedding usually requiring a long and tough engagement to be successful. within the New international is the tale of Hyun's engagement, with all its triumphs and misfortunes, informed with candor and wit. Peter Hyun died in 1993 on the age of eighty-seven.
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I left most of the pages blank, and the test result showed that I was a little below the level of a moron. Q. test was based on studies of American children brought up in the Mid-west, and not for anyone brought up in Korea or China. I was discouraged. I thought, after all, that a higher education would always remain a dream for me. One day, Father told me that Mrs. Isenberg, one of his benefactors, wished to see me. So one afternoon I drove up the hill to her mansion. Two German police dogs greeted me with ferocious barking.
When the evening meal was finished, her work was done, and she had her separate living quarters. So we could go out almost every night to dance. In Honolulu, there was always a party or a wedding somewhere, and old Hawaiian hospitality welcomed all strangers to the party. When there was no private party, we would go to the public dance pavilion at Waikiki Beach. Here, even though it cost us money, the open-air pavilion with pounding surf, the swaying palm trees, and the haunting music of a big band made it all worthwhile and romantic.
After a short hesitation, I said, “I don’t know. ” “Neck! ” “Neck? ” “Yeah, smooch! You kiss and kiss and feel each other all over! ” I gasped in amazement. If I had played such a dating game in Korea, I would have scandalized my family, or worse, been ostracized by them. And the girl, if there were such a girl in Korea, would be in disgrace for life. My own first date was with a Japanese girl! Not a native of Japan; she was born in Hawaii—a Japanese American. We arranged to meet in front of the popular movie house in town—the Hawaii Theatre.