VENTURE GALLERIES BLOG FOR READERS AND WRITERS
Authors Showcase: Shattered by the Wars by Hi-Dong Chai
MAY 19, 2014
The Book: Shattered by the Wars
The Author: Hi-Dong Chai
The Story: I hate war. War kills. War maims. War orphans. And it leaves a deep scar not only on the land, that will take years to heal, but also in the hearts of those who are affected by the war. I am one of those who carry a deep emotional wound to this day, more than sixty years later.
During WWII under Japan, my father was imprisoned because he was a Christian minister who refused to bow down to the picture of the Japanese emperor. My elder brother volunteered to join the Japanese military in the hope of having his father released from the prison. He left home as a vibrant 15 year-old boy, and returned home as a warn-out injured 18 year-old man after the war and died a year later. During the Korean War, two North Korean officers came to my house and took my father away because he was a Christian minister. He never returned.
Shattered by the wars is a story of love, sacrifice, faith, and suffering – all wrapped in one package. The heroine in the story is my mother as seen by her youngest son. Mother prayed without ceasing. Through her unceasing prayers, she was able to walk through the dark tunnel of trials and tribulations, and led us onward with love and grace and absolute faith in God.
About Hi-Dong Chai:
A native of Seoul, Korea, Hi-Dong Chai was educated in the United States. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, worked for IBM, and taught at San Jose State University. He retired as a professor emeritus in 2002.
As one who lost his loved ones through WWII under Japan and through the Korean War, after his retirement, he has directed his time and effort to creative writing to share his thoughts, his feelings and his life experiences. He published My Truest Hope in the Guideposts magazine and e-published Blossoms and Bayonets,coauthored with Jana McBurney-Lin in 2012. In 2013, he e-published Cindy and a Korean Boy and Shattered by the Wars on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords.
Praise for Shattered by The Wars.
From Lisa Conner, manuscript review team, Outskirts Press
I want to give you my overall impression of your work: What a fantastic memoir you have penned here. You have done a great job capturing your memories and committing them to paper. I must say that I am a firm believer in learning from other people’s life experiences. The way you share your stories and wisdoms and present your ideas and findings is great! You have such a nice style of writing. Your words come across with a certain experience that I cannot put into words. I can tell that you have done a significant amount planning and preparation in crafting your work. You have really considered your audience in your writing by adding details and adding a voice that is simply wonderful – very familiar and easy to follow. Your book is well written. I wish more people would take the time to write their stories down like you have. Reading a biography broadens our vision, and we learn to put ourselves in the shores of other people even if they don’t expect us to. We develop empathy and humility through reading other people’s life stories. With that being said, I am sure your work will be embraced by many. You have a wonderful story to share. We can learn so much from reading the stories of other’s lives and experiences. Bravo on a piece well crafted!
Email from Autumn House Press on Shattered by the Wars
I’m writing to let you know that your manuscript, in addition to thirteen others, has been selected as a finalist in the Autumn House Non-Fiction Contest by Mike Simms and sent to Phillip Lopate who will select a winner by September. We received over three hundred non-fiction submissions this year, and the fact that your manuscript was selected shows our high opinion of your writing. I want to tell you personally how much I enjoyed reading your work this summer.
From Heather Cazad, non-fiction screener at Autumn House Press
From Hippocampus magazine, November 1, 2013
Hello, Six Finalists!
This is a group message — I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you once again; your creative nonfiction rose to the top of 150 entries!
I just made the new issue live, and I posted an article announcing the finalists–and where everyone placed! Apologies that the issue came out a little later than usual on the first of the month; I was out of town all week so I needed a tad bit of extra time.
You can view the blog post here: