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In contemporary American culture, the Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War,” but according to Korean American novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee, the war is still very much alive for those who lived through it—and their descendants. In her new novel, The Evening Hero, Lee examines the forgotten history of the Korean War and the ensuing displacement and loss that so many Korean families were forced to endure. Weaving together an exploration of Korean religious traditions, contemporary political commentary, and a critique of the commercialization of healthcare, the book follows the story of a middle-aged Korean American obstetrician, Yungman Kwak, as he navigates a changing world.

In this episode of Tricycle Talks, Tricycle editor-in-chief James Shaheen sits down with Lee to discuss Korean rituals of honoring one’s ancestors, the generational impact of wartime trauma, and her own journey through diverse spiritual traditions.

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