Many Contours of an Epoch Is Described in Luke I. C. Kim’s Memoir

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New book is an autobiography of a Korean American psychiatrist, who had considerable hardships with the abrupt, turbulent and successive political changes in modern Korea

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He escaped the Japanese occupation of Korea and its colonial policy only to find himself caught in the middle of another war. Author Luke I. C. Kim invites readers to bear witness to his life’s journey through the turbulent 20th and into the 21st century in Korea, Japan and the United States in Beyond the Battle Line: The Korean War and My Life.

“Over the span of the first 25 years of my life, I witnessed and passed through an epochal panorama of successive, abrupt and turbulent changes in Korea,” Kim writes. “These turbulent roller-coaster events impacted my life profoundly.” However, by facing these adversities with courage, perseverance and determination, he has survived and overcome to be a more resilient and stronger person. After immigration to the United States, he and his wife Grace contributed to their professions as well as to the American main-street society with passion.

Originally written in Korean, this autobiography can be divided into three periods: early life in northern most Korea until age 15, the second period in Seoul where he experienced the Korean War during which time his mother was kidnapped by North Korean agents, and then his coming to America at age 26 in 1956. Rich in content, it provides a delightful backstage tour of the tumultuous events of the twentieth-century Korea as they were lived through one courageous man, who later overcame the challenges of an immigrant life and turned those challenges into a success story of achievements and contributions.

A journey in itself, Beyond the Battle Line: The Korean War and My Life is, according to Kay Chun, MSW, LCSW, “An epic poem filled with valiant struggles, courage, endurance, and achievements, often exemplifying love and compassion. It is the story of a man whose journey of resolute will and unswerving trust is a witness to the spirit of a triumphant soul.”

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About the Author
Dr. Luke I. C. Kim was born in North Korea in 1930, and in 1946, he escaped to South Korea. He enlisted in the Korean Navy and after being discharged from military service; he studied medicine at Seoul National University Medical School and in 1956 received an MD degree. He came to the United States in 1956 on a student visa. Dr. Kim served on the Asian American Psychiatrists Committee of the American Psychiatric Association as a member and editor-in-chief of its newsletter for six years. He was the founder and first president of the Association of Korean American Psychiatrists (AKAP) and became a clinical faculty at the University Of California Davis School Of Medicine over 25 years. In 2006, he and his wife Grace, established the Luke and Grace Kim Endowed Professorship in Cultural Psychiatry at the medical school. Now he and Grace have retired to Seal Beach, Southern California.

Beyond the Battle Line * by Luke I. C. Kim
The Korean War and My Life
Publication Date: June 21, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; # pages; 978-1-4653-5218-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; # pages; 978-1-4653-5219-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4653-5220-0

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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