So my latest publication is out! Not in the usual sort of place, though!
A City of Han is a collection of short stories set in Seoul, hence the title.1
Anyway, “Sojourn” is a low-key story that’s set in a world of mutants and superheroes and super-powers, but which is really about people trying to live normal lives in such a world—and what a titanic struggle can be for those a little away from the peak of the bellcurve. It’s also very much about the hakwon-teaching experience. I’ve written more about it in my post on the story, along with some snippets from reviews, over here.
It’s a twofold reference: the Korean word for Koreans is “한국사람,” or “the people of the Han country,” and “han” is also a concept for the bearing of unbearable sorrow which has, in modern Korea, been held up as emblematically Korean. Well, threefold, since Seoul is bisected by the Han River. Anyway…↩