Joan Sung was never privy to her family secrets until her mother felt she was ready for them. But every time, it was like a grenade going off in her life that caused her to question who she really was as an Asian American woman.
Kinda Korean is a deeply heart-felt and, at times, humorous memoir about Sung's painful coming-of-age as a Korean American daughter of immigrants. It is a tale of struggle, generational trauma, and finding one’s racial identity. Sung explores the deep desire to be accepted by a society that perpetually makes her feel like an outsider. Feeling either too Korean or too westernized, she struggles to reconcile the two identities.