Therese Park

The author

A Gift of the Emperor

When a Rooster Crows at Night

The Northern Wind - Forced Journey to North Korea

The latest novel The Northern Wind: Forced Journey to North Korea
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Biography


Therese Park came to the United States to be a cellist with the Kansas City Philharmonic (now the Kansas City Symphony) in 1966. After 30 years, she retired and began writing fulltime. Her first novel A Gift of the Emperor (published in 1997) is about a Korean schoolgirl forced into military prostitution by the Japanese government during World War II. With this book, Park was one of the featured authors at three national bookfairs in 1998: The Los Angeles Bookfair, The Miami Bookfair, The Heartland Bookfair. A Gift of the Emperor was selected in the reference volumes Reading Groups Choices for 1998 and she was mentioned in Contemporary Authors 2001. The book was translated and published in Turkey in 2001.

Reviews:

"A valuable addition to World War II literature..."
--Kansas City Star
"...a horrible story beautifully told, a graphic, fictionalized account of Japanese brutality..."
--Sojourner: The Women's Forum
"She controls the story with magnificent restraint... She juggles the responsibility of storyteller and historian with remarkable restraint..."
--American Reporter
"Lyrical bittersweet moments shimmer throughout..."
--MSRRT Newsletter

Her second novel "When a Rooster Crows at Night: A Child's Experience of the Korean War" was published in 2004. This story is based on what she witnessed during the Korean war (1950-1953).

Her more than 300 essays and articles have been published in such publications as The Kansas City Star, The Sun Publication, The Graybeard, National Korean War Veterans Magazine, The Best Times, and Our Family (Canada), The Beat Magazine and Korea Bridge (South Korea) and more.

She holds a Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University-School of Music and Master of Cello Performance from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France. She studied with the legendary Andre` Navarra.

She has been writing Commentary for the Kansas City Star-Johnson County Neighborhood News since Jan. 2009. In 2006, she was selected to write "Midwest Voices" columns, which appeared on the Star's Opinion Page.

She is mother of three daughters--Susanne, Irene, and Christine--and grandmother of four--Alex, Emma, Sara, and Oliver.

The Kansas City Star
"Heartland Honor Flight is all about showing our gratitude to those who fought for our country's freedom," the president John Doole says.
During the Korean War, long segregation in the U.S. military ended.
"To win, you must know your enemy," wrote Chinese Ancient General Sun-Tzu (544-496 B.C.)
...their beloved country in whose honor they defended my helpless homeland in the Far East six decades ago has become my own beloved motherland.
Kim Jong-il inherited the Hermit Kingdom as it is today from his powerful father, Kim Il-Sung, who, with the help of Russians, established the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 1948 and ruled it until his death 1994.
To the parishioners at Curé of Ars Catholic Church in Leawood, their pastor is a healer, confessor, teacher and compassionate friend who rejoices with them at happy times and grieves with them at times of loss and injury.
“The truth about Jesus Christ reached Korean soil in 1784," Pope John Paul II said during the canonization of 103 Korean Martyrs in 1984. In a most marvelous way, divine grace moved your ancestors first to an intellectual quest for the truth of God’s word and then to a living faith in the risen Christ..."
During the trip to Korea together, our mother-daughter roles were reversed. My daughter seemed to think that I needed her care, not the other way around.
The Kansas City Philharmonic enriched the lives of many during its 49 years.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Messages on Violence
A Korean Grandma and her American Grandkids
Average people made the world we live in today.
Albert Schweitzer said, “You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it’s a little thing…for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.”
Pilgrims are everywhere here on the square of the Basilica of Our Lady, some are walking on their knees and some are kneeling at the glass-walled Chapel of Apparition where the Blessed Virgin appeared to three shepherd children in 1917.
Woodcarvers find fun, therapy and friendship
Aging is a blessing
Behind a tough cookie, there's a culture that nourished her soul
Not biting is a sign of appreciation
After Tucsan shooting rampage
Without a healthy brain, one cannot live a healthy life
Thomas Jefferson once said, “The tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, "In War, there is no substitute for victory."
Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues but the parent of all others.
Our home became a church when homeless priests and nuns moved in with us.
Victor Hugo's view of his old age
Forgetfulness comes with aging
Learning is for all ages.
Mixture of feelings about seeing Amercans' departure from my country Korea
Foreigner's view of today's China
Emperor Qin and Terracotta Soldiers
Working Mothers' duties
Trauma of wearing hearing aids for the first time
The "Wake up call" isn't only for Chinese parents but for all American parents.
Coca-cola was introduced to our family during the Korean War
The Korean War isn't "Forgotten"
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
I once had compassion for all caged birds. But since I became a bird-owner, my opinion about them has changed.
Completing one’s sixth Chinese zodiac cycle isn’t a small feat.
Column/ Kansas City Star
A Korean immigrated to the United States, I learned English as an adult. In early 1980's I decided to take a feature writing class at University of Missouri-Kansas City, not really expecting that I could be a published writer some day.
Pope John Paul II was the first pope to visit South Korea in 1984--to canonize 103 Korean martyrs
The seeds of the Church is the blood of the martyrs.
The Best Times
He liberated music from a cloistered form set by earlier composers...
The racial discrimination the white American inflicted upon their black neighbors.
Magazine Article
Traditional Chinese medical doctors have been using bird-nests for centuries to treat respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis, to rejuvenate skin, and to boost energy for both young and old.
It takes courage to deal with the human condition called "aging."
Feature article
Inchon Landing was one of the most successful operations in modern military history.
Magazine Articles
Korean War Prisoner-of War Story