My debut novel, White Mulberry, follows a teenage girl who leaves an impoverished village in northern Korea in the 1930s to seek a better future in Japan. But once there, she faces racial prejudice among many obstacles, as she tries to forge a new identity in an unwelcome new country. This story, and the sequel, Red Seal, are inspired by the true story of my grandmother’s life. My mission is to amplify voices that have been overlooked and spur others to explore and share their own family stories.
“White Mulberry is a beautiful and poignant novel of a young Korean woman’s coming of age amidst the turbulence of colonization and World War II. The resilience and self-determination of her heroine vividly mirrors the astonishing trajectory of her nation.”—Juhea Kim, author of Beasts of a Little Land (Ecco, 2021)
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Rosa Kwon Easton