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Ten Thousand Sorrows As a little girl walking with her mother Elizabeth Kim hears herself called a honhyol a despicable name that meant nonperson mixed race animal Shortly after the end of the Korean War the mother had returned from Seoul to her native village in shame pregnant with a GIs child Mother and daughter live as outcasts in a hut at the edge of town and from the moment she can walk the child works alongside her Omma in the rice fields When the girl is about 4 her grandfather and her uncle demand she be sold as a servant When her mother refuses the men string the woman up in her own house Kim a witness to this honor killing still sees those milk-white feet twitch as if in a dance then grow still As a honhyol female nameless without a birth date she is a fourfold embodiment of shame Dumped at an orphanage run by Christian missionaries she joins the other forgotten children the product of brief liaisons between soldiers on their way through and women on their way to hell The kids are locked for hours at a time into cribs that look more like animal shelters Occasionally prospective parents peer into various cribs looking for a cute specimen to adopt After hopeless months in her cage Kim is finally adopted sight unseen by a missionary couple in central California Mom and Dad are rigid fundamentalist Christians and the girl they name Elizabeth begins a long sojourn in her own hell Although she learns English quickly and is bright and docile a model child she earns only scorn and an almost unbelievable cruelty Treated more like a servant than like a daughter she is punished for having nightmares for being ill for not smiling enough The emotional abuse her parents devise -- all in the name of the Lord of course -- is ingenious in its variety They belittle
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