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An Interview with Kim Young-ha

An Interview with Kim Young-ha Dafna Zur Writer in Focus: major literary prizes in Korea, and have been welcomed with great enthusiasm by your English-speaking readers as well. What seems striking first of all is your unconventional background both as a business major at Yonsei University and as a teacher of Korean as a foreign language. Can you tell us a bit about how you decided to become a writer, how you work, and where you get your ideas for your stories? Kim Young-ha: Ever since I was very young, I dreamed of becoming a writer, though I wasn't sure what being a writer actually meant. I wrote my first short story when I was fifteen. It wasn't very good, but I remember how excited I felt throughout the entire process of writing it. I chose business administration as a major in college because I wasn't sure you could actually make a living just by writing. Once I became a writer, I turned to teaching Korean as a foreign language part-time because it afforded me more time to write. I am inspired and influenced mostly by books, as well as plays and film. While the countryside gives me a kind of peace of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2007 President and Fellows of Harvard College
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Abstract

Dafna Zur Writer in Focus: major literary prizes in Korea, and have been welcomed with great enthusiasm by your English-speaking readers as well. What seems striking first of all is your unconventional background both as a business major at Yonsei University and as a teacher of Korean as a foreign language. Can you tell us a bit about how you decided to become a writer, how you work, and where you get your ideas for your stories? Kim Young-ha: Ever since I was very young, I dreamed of becoming a writer, though I wasn't sure what being a writer actually meant. I wrote my first short story when I was fifteen. It wasn't very good, but I remember how excited I felt throughout the entire process of writing it. I chose business administration as a major in college because I wasn't sure you could actually make a living just by writing. Once I became a writer, I turned to teaching Korean as a foreign language part-time because it afforded me more time to write. I am inspired and influenced mostly by books, as well as plays and film. While the countryside gives me a kind of peace of

Journal

Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & CultureUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 1, 2007

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