If you've ever lived in Korea, travelled there, or know people from the Hermit Kingdom, the last sentence in this book review will tickle, but possibly not surprise you. The novel is about a group of Korean emigrants who set sail to South America in 1905 to seek a better life. The narrative is based on a true story. And, it would appear, that the kimchi-power is strong, stronger than language,
While researching his novel, Kim Young-ha met some of the descendants of the Korean migrants who still live in the Yucatan. “None of them spoke Korean,” he says. “Yet they did know the word ‘kimchi’ and ate something similar to it.” link
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