Additional Resources

History and Memory

Armstrong, Charles.  The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Blair, Clay.  The Forgotten War: America in Korea.  New York: Anchor, 1987.

Choi, Suhi.  Embattled Memories: Contested Meanings in Korean War Memorials.  Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2014.

Cumings, Bruce.  Korea’s Place in the Sun.  New York: New Press. Distributed by W.W. Norton, 1997.

—.  The Korean War: A History.  New York: Modern Library, 2010.

—.  “The Korean War: What Is It That We Are Remembering to Forget?”  Ruptured Histories: War, Memory, and the Post-Cold War in Asia.  Ed. Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Rana Mitter.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.  266-290.

—.  The Origins of the Korean War: The Roaring of the Cataract, 1947-1950.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.

Edwards, Paul.  To Acknowledge a War: The Korean War in American Memory.  Westport, CT, 2000.

Fujitani, T., Geoffrey M. White, and Lisa Yoneyama.  Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s).  Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2001.

Grinker, Roy Richard.  Korea and Its Futures: Unification and the Unfinished War.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Halliday, Jon, and Bruce Cumings.  Korea: The Unknown War.  New York: Pantheon, 1988.

Jervis, Robert.  “The Impact of the Korean War on the Cold War.”  Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 25, no. 4 (December, 1980).

Kim Dong-Choon.  The Unending Korean War.  Trans. Sung-ok Kim.  Larkspur, CA: Tamalvista Publications, 2008.

Kim, Suzy.  Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013.

Kwon, Heonik.  The Other Cold War.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Lee, Steven Hugh.  The Korean War.  New York: Routledge, 2001.

Liem, Ramsay.  “History, trauma, and identity: The legacy of the Korean War for Korean Americans.”  Amerasia Journal 29:3 (2003/4): 111-129.

—.  “‘So I’ve gone around in circles…’: Living the Korean War.” Amerasia Journal 31:3 (2005): 157-177.

—.  “Silencing Historical Trauma: The Politics and Psychology of Memory and Voice.” Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 13:2 (2007): 153-174.

—.  “War and the Art of Remembering.”  International Journal of the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 3:7 (2008): 111-116.

—.  “When a Fireball Drops in Your Hole: Biography Forged in the Crucible of War.”  Koreans in America:  History, Culture and Identity.  Ed. Grace Yoo.  San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing, 2012.  271-292.

Stone, I.F.  The Hidden History of the Korean War.  New York: Monthly Review, 1952.

Morris-Suzuki, Tessa.  “Remembering the Unfinished Conflict: Museums and the Contested Memory of the Korean War.”  The Asia-Pacific Journal.  27 July 2009.

Stueck, William, ed.  The Korean War in World History.  Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2004.

Thompson, Reginald.  Cry Korea.  London: MacDonald, 1951.

Young, Marilyn.  “Reflections on the Korean War and Its Armistice.”  Journal of Asian Studies 13:2 (2013): 403-406.

* For additional bibliographical resources, please see Robinson, Kenneth.  A Korean War Bibliography.  Honolulu: Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai‘i, n.d.  Available at


Fiction and Cultural Studies

Axelsson, Arne.  Restrained Response: American Novels of the Cold War and Korea, 1945-1962.  New York: Greenwood, 1990.

Choi, Susan.  The Foreign Student.  New York: Harper Perennial, 1999.

Kim, Elaine.  “Roots and Wings: An Overview of Korean American Literature, 1934-2003.”  Korean American Literature.  Ed. Young-Key Kim-Renaud, R. Richard Grinker, and Kirk W. Larsen.  Washington, DC: George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, 2004.  1-19.

Kim, Jodi.  Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Kim, Richard.  The Martyred.  New York: George Braziller, 1964.

Kim, Suji Kwock.  Notes from the Divided Country: Poems.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003.

Lee, Chang-rae.  The Surrendered.  New York: Riverhead, 2010.

West, Philip, and Ji-moon Suh, eds.  Remembering the “Forgotten War”: The Korean War Through Literature and Art.  Armonk, NY: East Gate-M.E. Sharpe, 2001.

Pak, Gary.  Brothers Under a Same Sky: A Novel.  Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013

Park, Ishle.  The Temperature of This Water.  New York: Kaya, 2004.

Yoon, Paul.  Once the Shore.  Louisville, KY: Sarabande, 2009.


Immigration and Diaspora

Anderson, Wanni W., and Robert G. Lee.  Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas.  New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Cho, Grace.  Haunting the Korean Diaspora.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

—, and Hosu Kim.  “Dreaming in Tongues.”  Qualitative Inquiry 11:3 (2005): 445-457.

Choy, Bong Youn.  Koreans in America.  Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1979.

Goh, Robbie B.H., and Shawn Wong, eds.  Asian Diasporas: Cultures, Identities, and Representations.  Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2004.

Kang, K. Connie.  Home Was the Land of Morning Calm: A Saga of a Korean American Family.  Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 1995.

Kim, Elaine H., and Eui-Young Yu.  East to America: Korean American Life Stories.  New York: New Press, 1996.

Kim, Hosu, and Grace Cho.  “The Kinship of Violence.”  Journal of Korean Adoption Studies 2:1 (2012): 9-27.

Kim, Hyung-chan, ed.  The Korean Diaspora: Historical and Sociological Studies of Korean Immigration and Assimilation in North America.  Santa Barbara, CA, and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 1977.

Kim, Ilsoo.  New Urban Immigrants: Koreans in New York.  Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Min, Pyong Gap.  Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996.

Mudimbe, V.Y., and Sabine Engel.  Diaspora and Immigration.  Special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly 98:1/2 (1999).

Parreñas, Rhacel S., and Lok C.D. Siu, eds.  Asia Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Yuh, Ji-Yeon.  Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America.  New York: New York University Press, 2004.


Korean Adoption

Briggs, Laura.  Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption.  Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2012.

Duncan, Patti.  “Genealogies of Unbelonging: Amerasians and Transnational Adoptees as Legacies of U.S. Militarization in South Korea.”  Militarized Currents: Toward Decolonized Future in Asia and Pacific.  Ed. Setsu Shigematsu and Keith Camacho. Minneapolis: University Minnesota Press, 2010.  277-307.

Hübinette, Tobias.  “Korean Adoption History.”   Guide to Korea for Overseas Adopted Koreans.  Ed. Eleana Kim. Seoul: Overseas Koreans Foundation, 2004.

Kim, Eleana.  Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.

—.  “The Origins of Korean Adoption: Cold War Policy and Intimate Diplomacy.”  US-Korea Institute at SAIS Working Paper Series (2009): 1-26.  .

—.  “Our Adoptee, Our Alien: Transnational Adoptees as Specters of Foreignness and Family in South Korea.”  Anthropological Quarterly 80.2 (2007): 497-531.

Klein, Christina.  Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2003.

Oh, Arissa.  “A New Kind of Missionary Work: Christians, Christian Americanists, and the Adoption of Korean GI Babies, 1955-1961.”  Women’s Studies Quarterly 33:3/4 (2005): 161-188.

Pate, SooJin.  From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Trenka, Jane Jeong.  Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee’s Return to Korea.  St. Paul, MN: Graywolf, 2009.

—.  The Language of Blood.  St. Paul, Minnesota: Borealis Books, 2003.

—; Julia Chinyere Oparah; and Sun Yung Shin, ed.  Outsiders Within: Writings on Transracial Adoption.  Cambridge, MA: South End, 2006.

Yngvesson, Barbara.  “Refiguring Kinship in the Space of Adoption.”  Anthropological Quarterly 80:2 (2007): 561-579.



Camp Arirang.  Dir. Diana S. Lee and Grace Yoongkung Lee.  Center for Asian American Media (formerly National Asian American Telecommunications Association)/Third World Newsreel, 1996.

Divided Families.  Dir. Jason Ahn and Eugene Chung.  2013.

First Person Plural.  Dir. Deann Borshay Liem.  Center for Asian American Media, 2000.

Gureombi, the Wind is Blowing.  Dir. Sung Bong Cho.  2014.

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee.  Dir. Deann Borshay Liem.  New Day Films, 2010.

Homes Apart: Korea.  Dir. JT Takagi and Christine Choy. Third World Newsreel, 1991.

Memory of Forgotten War.  Dir. Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem.  Mu Films and Channing and Popai Liem Educational Foundation, 2013.

[Additional Resource] Memory of Forgotten War Study Guide (downloadable at

North Korea: Beyond the DMZ.  Dir. JT Takagi and Hye-Jung Park.  Third World Newsreel, 2003.

Peter Han’s Visit to Pyongyang.  Dir. Peter Han.  2003.

Sacred Mission.  Dir. Vana Kim Hansen.

Tiger Spirit.  Dir. Min Sook Lee.  National Film Board of Canada.  2009.

The Women Outside.  Dir. JT Takagi and Hye-Jung Park.  Third World Newsreel, 1995.

The Woman, the Orphan, and the Tiger.  Dir. Jane Jin Kaisen.  2010.


Other Oral History Projects

Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War” (This landmark exhibit foregrounds Korean American memories and legacies of the Korean War, as expressed through visual, installation, performance, and interactive art, and calls for healing, reconciliation, and an end to the Korean War.)

Intergenerational Stories to Break the Silence: A Korean-American Oral History Project

Korean American Story

The Missing Pieces Project!mission/cjg9

National Coalition on the Divided Families

Legacies of the Korean War