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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sun Yung Shin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Seoul, South Korea

-- Sun Yung Shin on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Aun Yung Shin grew up in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea. After living in Boston and Pittsburgh, she moved to the Twin Cities and now teaches at the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Skirt Full of Black
ISBN: 156689199X

Coffee House Press. 2007

“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

Cooper's Lesson
ISBN: 0892391936

Children's Book Press. 2004

Cooper's Lesson is an inspiring story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper has had about enough of being half and half. And he's really had enough of Mr. Lee, the owner of his neighborhood grocery store, speaking to him in Korean even though Cooper can't keep up. Frustrated, he often wonders why things have to be so complicated. Why can't he just be one race or the other? But one moment in Mr. Lee's store changes everything. Soon Cooper realizes that the things that make up a person are never simple — whether one talks about them in English or Korean. Richly hued oil paintings and tender vivid prose combine to bring the characters to life.

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