Maija Rhee Devine

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Memorial Day/Abraham Lincoln Pres. Library news release

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014 by Maija Rhee Devine

98-14 Memorial Day column  Mark DePue, the oral historian of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, has written a news release in observance of the upcoming Memorial Day.  The release tells the childhood story of Maija’s first interaction with American soldiers during the Korean War.  It’s a story of essential human connections and of S. Koreans’ gratitude toward U.N. and American soldiers.  Americans can use some appreciation from abroad!  I hope the story will warm the hearts of thousands to whom Memorial Day brings extra special meaning, soul searching, and rejuvenation.  I wish all of you a wonderful Memorial Day!

Maija’s TEDx Talk of 2/22/2014, Seoul, Korea

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by Maija Rhee Devine

The talk focuses on my autobiographical novel set during the Korean War, The Voices of Heaven, and how the theme of son preference and patriarchal values portrayed in the novel still persist in today’s technologically and economically much-transformed Korean society and how they have led to estimated half a million female fetuses being aborted since late 1970’s solely in preference for sons.  The link is:

TEDxSinchon Talk, 2/22/14, Seoul, Korea


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