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Still Life with Rice Helie Lee. Overview of Slide Show Background of author Historical Perspective/ Setting Major Characters.

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1 Still Life with Rice Helie Lee

2 Overview of Slide Show Background of author Historical Perspective/ Setting Major Characters

3 Helie Lee Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1964 Family moved to LA (San Fernando Valley) Attended El Camino Real H.S. & UCLA (‘87)

4 Helie Lee Spoke to BHHS in 2006 Continues to write and lecture SLR and it’s follow up, In the Absence of Sun, chronicle Lee family history from

5 Helie Lee SLR is Helie’s grandmother’s memoirs told by Helie In the Absence of Sun follows Lee family’s attempt to reunite with Helie’s uncle in DPRK

6 Historical Perspective Japan occupied Korea Complete domination of Korea culture-language- economy-traditions

7 Historical Perspective Comfort Women Japanese occupation ended by the end of WWII Korea liberation short-lived

8 Historical Perspective Koreas divided in 1948 Soviet backed North & US backed South DMZ

9 Historical Perspective Koreas divided in 1948 Soviet backed North & US backed South DMZ

10 Historical Perspective Conflict erupts in 1950-North invades South Cease Fire signed in 1953 Two Koreas follow two paths into future

11 Major Characters Baek Hongyong Helie’s grandmother Born in 1912 in occupied Korea SLR is her life story

12 Major Characters Hongyong’s life parallels chaotic time before/after WWII Dukpil Lee’s wife Lee family escapes/returns/ escapes home

13 Major Characters Dukwah Lee Helie’s mother Bridges the extreme gap between Helie and Hongyong

14 Internal Conflicts Traditional Confuscian society Hongyong’s religious conversion Traditional Korean culture vs. Japanese/Chinese/A merican


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