Clay Walls has ratings and 16 reviews. C. said: I had a special interest in this book since the writer was the wife of my mother’s cousin I learne. 1 Ronyoung Kim deplores that “A whole generation of Korean immigrants and To that end, in she wrote Clay Walls in which she portrays an invisible. An immigrant novel of quiet power and sensitivity—the story of Koreans fighting their way into American society in the years following WW I.

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This is a beautifully written book about struggles of being an immigrant early ‘s.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. To conclude, this is an easy to read novel filled with complex and intriguing themes, and it provides deep, truthful insight into the roots of Asian American immigration.

Sydnie Greene rated it really liked it Jun 14, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Please try again later. In fact, it’s a very interesting read.

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Her children grow up in the midst of their mother’s fierce pride; when Chun loses their savings and eventually leaves them, Haesu refuses charity and spends endless hours doing piecework embroidery at their table because a yangban would never work outside the home. While the novel starts off with Chun and his family living successful lives in America, situations rapidly change.


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Clay Walls by Ronyoung (Gloria Hahn) Kim

You get three different perspectives; Haesu momChun dad and Faye one of the 3 children of Haesu and Chun. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Her portrayal of Chun reminds me of D. Briana rated it really liked it Jul 06, Don’t have a Kindle? Annie rated it it was royoung Jan 23, Haesu is an arrogant young woman from an aristocratic family who is forced into an arranged marriage beneath her station with Chun, a farmer’s son.

Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle Ikm price is not available. Write a customer review. Partly due to my own background, I am quite interested in historical fiction novels about immigration.

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While Haesu and their children visit Korea, Chun loses the family business; he becomes addicted to gambling, abandons the family and eventually is found dead in Nevada. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It is a book about self sacrifice, ronyuong for homeland and family, disappointments and hope. See all 11 reviews. I love Haesu’s personality.


In fact, it’s a kkim interesting read. Divided into three parts, “Clay Walls” tells one family’s story from the perspective of three different characters who each offer a unique standpoint on their own family, American society, and the struggle of being an Asian-American in this period.

Overall, this novel does a masterful job of accurately portraying Koreans in their struggle to adapt to new situations in America and the impact of the Japanese aggression in both Asia and later on in America.

I really do rec this book for people to read if they have a little free time. They were largely two dimensional, stereotypes rather than real young people trying to find a balance between their heritage and the mainstream American culture in which they were living.


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As noted above, the author included elements of Korean culture in the story. Born in a land where class defines one s status, Haesu s rank in the United States is acknowledged only by her fellow Koreans.

Overall, this novel does a masterful job of accurately portraying Koreans in their struggle to adapt to new situations in America and the impact of the Japanese aggression in both Asia and later on in America. I can’t believe this was part of Korean civ at the U of Kmi.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. As one generation gives over to the next, the focus of Clay Walls shifts to Haesu’s daughter, Faye, clayy must find her place between her mother’s world and the United States outside her front door Some may not think the writing or story is up to standard, its unimportant but important to the family It is divided into three parts: This book really isn’t boring, but it feels like it’s written for high schoolers or something.

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Please try again later. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Indeed, what I imagined this novel to be like when I first started was something like the over-romanticized China and Korea towns that I have in my mind, with brightly painted signs and bustling restaurants full of happy people.