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Even as the media focuses on the controversies of transnational adoption, little has been heard from the foreign adoptees themselves. In the tradition of Paul Metcalf and Edward Sanders, Sun Yung Shin employs techniques of investigative poetics and collage to uncover the disparities inherent in a bi-cultural childhood, adding her strong and passionate voice to the necessary, growing chorus of transnational adoptees.

Throughout Skirt Full of Black, Shin blends her cultural dualities with an activist's spirit to create a new language for traversing the minefields of identity. In many poems, she traces the intersection of Buddhism and Christianity — the places where the lines of identity and spirituality blur — composing from the mixture a new sense of myth and devotion. And in a personal transformation of the Korean alphabet, she explores the structure and history of the characters while giving each one its own story and meaning.

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"Shin's poetry is a grand orchestration of the cacophonic events and voices in an immigrant woman's life. Marked by a keen political consciousness, an imagination as wicked as it is generous, and an erotic, physical sense of language both remembered and forgotten, these poems are at once social critique and personal intimation, worth revisiting again and again." Jane Jeong Trenka

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As Sun Yung Shin spins new myths from Catholic and Buddhist traditions and bestows new connotations upon the characters of the Korean alphabet, she gives voice to the spiritual and cultural hunger of transnational adoptees, crafting a nuanced, unique language for navigating the politics of gender, ethnicity, and identity. Visit her website at www.sunyungshin.com.

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A remarkable debut exploring the Korean adoptee experience and expanding linguistic boundaries through lyric collage.

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“Shin’s poetry is a grand orchestration of the cacophonic events and voices in an immigrant woman’s life. Marked by a keen political consciousness, an imagination as wicked as it is generous, and an erotic, physical sense of language both remembered and forgotten, these poems are at once social critique and personal intimation, worth revisiting again and again.”—Jane Jeong Trenka

As Sun Yung Shin spins new myths from Catholic and Buddhist traditions and bestows new connotations upon the characters of the Korean alphabet, she gives voice to the spiritual and cultural hunger of transnational adoptees, crafting a nuanced, unique language for navigating the politics of gender, ethnicity, and identity. Visit her website at www.sunyungshin.com.

About the Author

Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul and grew up in Chicago. She is author of the children's book Cooper's Lesson and an editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. After living in Boston and Pittsburgh, she moved to the Twin Cities and now teaches at the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

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garimaw_psit, December 12, 2007 (view all comments by garimaw_psit)
the book is must read coz it reveals the real quest for identity felt by most of the diasporas
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Rob O'Brien, December 5, 2007 (view all comments by Rob O'Brien)
I don't often recommend books of poetry but Ms. Shin has a wonderful of sharing the passion of struggles with language. Passion in terms of frustration, enthusiastic joy, and fear of the power of words. Her poems separate the various meanings of English words and terms, break them down and show the hidden meanings.

While many other poets attempt this, they lose the beauty of words along the way, the ability for words to combine and ring a note. Skirt Full of Black is an exception book because it's author never rings a sour note even while de-constructing a language.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781566891998
Author:
Shin, Sun Yung
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Korean Americans
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Immigrants -- United States.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
110
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.3 in 6 oz

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"Review" by , "Shin's poetry is a grand orchestration of the cacophonic events and voices in an immigrant woman's life. Marked by a keen political consciousness, an imagination as wicked as it is generous, and an erotic, physical sense of language both remembered and forgotten, these poems are at once social critique and personal intimation, worth revisiting again and again."
"Synopsis" by , As Sun Yung Shin spins new myths from Catholic and Buddhist traditions and bestows new connotations upon the characters of the Korean alphabet, she gives voice to the spiritual and cultural hunger of transnational adoptees, crafting a nuanced, unique language for navigating the politics of gender, ethnicity, and identity. Visit her website at www.sunyungshin.com.
"Synopsis" by ,
A remarkable debut exploring the Korean adoptee experience and expanding linguistic boundaries through lyric collage.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Shin’s poetry is a grand orchestration of the cacophonic events and voices in an immigrant woman’s life. Marked by a keen political consciousness, an imagination as wicked as it is generous, and an erotic, physical sense of language both remembered and forgotten, these poems are at once social critique and personal intimation, worth revisiting again and again.”—Jane Jeong Trenka

As Sun Yung Shin spins new myths from Catholic and Buddhist traditions and bestows new connotations upon the characters of the Korean alphabet, she gives voice to the spiritual and cultural hunger of transnational adoptees, crafting a nuanced, unique language for navigating the politics of gender, ethnicity, and identity. Visit her website at www.sunyungshin.com.

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