Through the release of "Called By Another Name", Dolinger hopes to prevent a repeat of authoritarianism in South Korea and in other parts of the world.
SEOUL, South Korea (PRWEB) October 22, 2021
Goggas has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Called By Another Name", a memoir of former Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea, David Lee Dolinger. The memoir is centered around Dolinger's personal experience with the 1980 Democratization Uprising in Gwangju, South Korea. Goggas has announced that the funds from the Kickstarter campaign will help the company publish the memoir.
The Gwangju Uprising had a profound impact on South Korean politics and was a huge victory for the supporters of democracy. This movement paved the way for later democratization movements in the 1980s that eventually brought democracy to South Korea. The Gwangju Uprising has become a national and international symbol of the South Koreans' struggle against authoritarian regimes and for democracy.
"Called By Another Name" contains over 300 pages of Dolinger's personal experience with the Gwangju Uprising. Photos that are visually powerful are also scattered throughout the memoir to give the reader a better understanding of just how brutal and horrifying the Gwangju Uprising was for Korean citizens. Through the release of "Called By Another Name", Dolinger hopes to prevent a repeat of authoritarianism in South Korea and in other parts of the world.
Backers of the Kickstarter fundraising campaign for the "Called By Another Name" can make pledges to receive rewards. Depending on the pledge amount, backers can receive a PDF version of the memoir, a PDF version of Gusts of Popular Feeling by Matt VanVolkenburg, a paperback copy of the memoir, access to the online book talk, and a personalized Korean signature stamp with the backer's name engraved in it. Rewards start at $20 and are available exclusive to Kickstarter backers. Any editors, journalists, or Korean history scholars interested in reviewing the Kickstarter campaign are encouraged to reach out through the Kickstarter or via the contact information listed below.
About David Lee Dolinger (Im Dae-oon), Author:
David has a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Temple University Medical School. For more than thirty-five years he has been developing tests for human diseases, particularly infectious diseases. He has worked for multiple companies, large and small, in various positions and has developed extensive knowledge concerning the design, development and commercialization of in vitro diagnostic tests and instrumentation.
David first arrived in Korea in April of 1978 as a Peace Corps volunteer. His Korean name is Im Dae-oon, which was given by his Korean teachers when he first came to Korea. In Korean, his family name, "Im" means "Forest," and his given name, "Dae-oon" means "big cloud." After he witnessed the Gwangju Uprising, it opened up to a new path and shaped him into who he is now.
About Matt VanVolkenburg, Co-Author:
Matt is a Canadian who first came to Korea in 2001. Fascinated by Korea’s modern history, in 2005 he began writing about Korean history, society, and culture on his blog, "Gusts of Popular Feeling," which he named after a quotation in a 1897 book about Korea by Isabella Bird Bishop. More recently he earned an MA in Korean Studies from the University of Washington. Having studied the Gwangju Uprising since 2001, when he first encountered David on a blog in 2006, he remembered a footnote in a book that had mentioned David and the fact that Peace Corps volunteers had been present in Gwangju in 1980. After continuing a conversation with David on Matt’s blog over the years, they finally met in person at the Royal Asiatic Society's Garden Party in 2013.
About Goggas (Gaek), Publisher:
Goggas is a new bilingual publisher based in South Korea. We publish inspiring stories in English as well as Korean. "Called by Another Name" is going to be published under the non-fiction label "Gaek", a Korean word that means "guests". The image on the profile symbolizes the roof of an inn where guests stay and share intercultural stories.
Goggas CEO: So-yeon Park