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2019.10.07

<Flowers That Never Bloomed>

Flowers That Never Bloomed

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Humanist Publishing Group inc.
Title | Flowers That Never Bloomed
Subtitle | The unfinished art lessons of the Korean women who were sex slaves to the Japanese Imperial Army.
Author | Lee Kyungshin
Genre | Humanities and Social Science
Format | 145×190
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 304pages
ISBN | 9791160801477

 

2. Contact

Name | Choe Inyoung
Phone | +82-70-7842-9409
Email | iy2001@humanistbooks.com
URL | www.humanistbooks.com

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | History; The World War II; The Japanese Imperial Army; Comfort Women; The Japanese Imperial Army Sex Slave; The Korea-Japna Relations; Art Therapy

 

4. About the Author

The author majored in painting at Hongik University. For five years starting from 1993, she carried on art lessons with the sex slave victims of the Japanese Imperial Army. She organized exhibitions of their drawings both in South Korea and internationally, exposing the history of the Japanese sex slaves. Triggered by her experience with these women, she went on to study art therapy at the graduate art college of Inha University and pursued art therapy lessons for the immigrant women, further exploring the purpose and effects of art as a public and social function. She worked on drawings having to do with the Japanese Imperial Army sex slaves and continues her artwork very actively, holding exhibitions.

 

5. About the Book

The author was the very first drawing teacher to the victimized Korean women who had been sex slaves or “comfort women” of the Japanese Imperial Army. The book shows how these women’s pain and suffering translated themselves into drawing and their healing and recovery process are shared in writing. Flowers drawn with clumsy lines, a crying girl with her face covered, the gawky soldiers, all these look like they were done by children but are actually drawings by the comfort women who took courage to unveil their most deep-seated scars and trauma.
This book presents the art lessons that the author, Lee Kyung-shin, gave to the Korean comfort women for five years from 1993 to 1997. This is not a history book about the issues of the sex slaves nor does it provide the testimonies of the victims. Instead, it starts out with the author’s first nervous meeting with these women and their not so easy drawing lessons, and the women’s efforts to come face-to-face with their pain. But their stories, which they told after much hesitation and trepidation by way of drawing on a white canvas, disclose heartrending tales. Moreover, readers will be more powerfully moved by their work as they discover how these drawings, such as “Stolen Youth” and “Punish the Commander” by the late Gang Deok-gyeong and “A Flower that Failed to Bloom” and “Dragged Away” by the late Kim Sun Deok, depict how the problems of the Japanese Imperial Army sex slaves came about.
The Korean public came to know about the Japanese Imperial Army sex slaves with the very first testimony of the late Kim Hak-sun in 1991. These women’s drawings served as catalyst during the period when the Japanese war crimes and the sex slaves became recognized as human rights issues. The book holds much significance in that it records for the first time these victimized women’s drawings and the stories behind them—which marked a turning point in the dispute about the sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army.
Readers can gain a glimpse into these women’s terrible pain and rage and how they transcended their bondage to being “the Japanese Sex Slaves” and met the challenge of living a new life in an impassioned way.

 

 

<Hanna Arendt's Lectures on Politics>

Hanna Arendt's Lectures on Politics

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Humanist Publishing Group Inc.
Title | Hanna Arendt's Lectures on Politics
Subtitle | There is no political freedom for those who do not think critically.
Author | Lee Jinwoo
Genre | Humanities and Social Science
Format | 145×210
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 272pages
ISBN | 9791160802719

 

2. Contact

Name | Jun Doohyun
Phone | +82-70-7842-9404
Email | jdh2001@humanistbooks.com
URL | www.humanistbooks.com

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Hanna Arendt; Philosophy; Political Philosophy: Eichmann: Nazism; Refugee

 

4. About the Author

Lee Jinwoo is a professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology. He majored in German Studies at Yonsei University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Augsburg University. He taught philosophy at Keimyung University where he also served as the chancellor. He was the president of the Korean Philosophical Association. He is the translator of Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition. His philosophy—“Philosophy not for the sake of philosophy but one that serves people, thereby seeking an answer not for the sake of it but to find the meaning in life, and to oppose blind faith without critical thinking”—is a message everyone should heed to.

 

5. About the Book

Hannah Arendt is the author of The Origin of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, Eichmann in Jerusalem, and other prominent works in the history of philosophy. She is viewed as one of the most brilliant political theorists and philosophers of the twentieth century. Hannah Arendt, who was deprived of professorship for being Jewish and imprisoned as well, posed the following question after witnessing the Nazi massacre of six million Jews: “How can men kill several million innocent people for no reason?”
She probed into the totalitarianism of the Nazis and the Holocaust and came up with the now renowned thesis about “the banality of evil.” A lieutenant colonel of the Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS), Otto Adolf Eichmann, who forcibly removed the Jews from all over Europe to the Nazi concentration camps, was by no means a monster or a devil. Rather, he was a warm-hearted man who loved his family and was also a dutiful and competent public servant; however, he carried out the atrocious deed because he failed to think critically. Arendt, who was a witness to Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, reached the shocking conclusion that lack of critical thinking led to evil action.
Hanna Arendt’s philosophy still stands as a valid and profound warning to the present when it seemingly appears that the totalitarianism of Nazism has ended long ago. Are we reflecting enough on our lives, community, and the world? Because we are so busy with our lives, have we given up on thinking critically about the issues that seem too urgent and complex? This book explores the important political and philosophical problems that are relevant to our age. Furthermore, it does not stop short of simply understanding Hannah Arendt’s thought but calls for ways in which we can relate it to the present status of political conditions in South Korea. Hannah Arendt affirms that unless we think critically about our present reality, we could all become other Eichmanns and that the totalitarianism of the Nazis could resurrect at anytime—that there is no one who can think for another person and even if there was, that is equivalent to giving up one’s political rights and freedom. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to gain political freedom, as espoused by the critical thought of Hannah Arendt.

 

 

<Museum Director Lee Kang-hwan’s “Reply Aliens”>

Museum Director Lee Kang-hwan’s “Reply Aliens”

1. Publication Details

Imprint | woorischool co.
Title | Museum Director Lee Kang-hwan’s “Reply Aliens”
Subtitle | Children’s Science × Humanities
Author | Lee Kang-hwan
Illustrator | Hong Seongji
Genre | Children, other
Format | 168×228
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 136pages
ISBN | 9791187050957

 

2. Contact

Name | Kim Minjeong
Phone | +82-2-6012-6094
Email | schoolwoori@daum.net
URL | https://blog.naver.com/woorischool

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Children; Alien; Universe; Solar System; Science
Target Readership | Age 9-12

 

4. About the Author and Illustrator

Author - Lee Kang-hwan
Author Lee Kang-hwan is an astronomer who has studied astronomy and raised scientific awareness for many people for a long time. He gives lectures and writes books so that people can break away from the thought that science is a difficult and distant field and even enjoy learning about it. Through a variety of media, he’s been making effort to let science set its footing as a part of a hobby or liberal arts. He graduated from Seoul National University, and is working as the Director of Seodaemun Museum of Natural History.

Illustrator - Hong Seongji
I was a kid who liked to draw pictures, color things, or cut out and attach pieces of paper, lying down on my belly in my room. After majoring in Western painting and art education, I studied illustration in the U.K. To create unique drawings, I travel around with colors and lines of the world in my pocket.

 

5. About the Book

We hear a flood of news about the discovery of liquid water on Mars in 2015 or the location of a “Second Earth”, or a “Twin Earth.” We are living in an era where film “Interstellar” could become real—humans leaving polluted Earth and finding an alien planet that people can settle on. Then at this point, what should children learn and imagine about the universe? This book invites children to a vast horizon toward the space where they can meet wondrous stories about the solar system, universe, the second Earth and possible existence of aliens on it.
The sun is a star. Across the universe, there are more than 100 billion galaxies, each containing 100 billion stars. These enormous number of stars, which has 22 zeros, each have several alien planets orbiting around them, like Earth orbiting the sun. This means that in space, there are more alien planets than stars, each of which has a possibility of life, just like Earth. The rapid development of astronomy and space telescope has found over 4,000 alien planets already as of June 2019, and Korea is one of the leaders in this field with the world-renowned KMTnet (Korea Microlensing Telescope Network).
However, the extent of knowledge about space among many children still stays in the realm of UFOs or alien bodies kept in secret places. This is why a distinguished astronomist and the Director of Seodaemun Museum of Natural History decided to lay a stepping stone for children move on from this unfortunate reality. What young readers will find in this book is not green aliens with big heads and wide eyes—they will get an opportunity to explore “exobiology.” Also known as Doctor K who teaches science in a fun and interesting way for the public, the author offers a friendly guide to help children dream of the universe based on facts and science, not on superstitions or prejudices, as they are sure to enter the new era of universe. Most importantly, readers will be able to deeply understand that looking for aliens ultimately boils down to finding an answer to who we Earthlings are.

 

 

<Professor Lee Daeyeol’s “Brain Science and Artificial Intelligence”>

Professor Lee Daeyeol’s “Brain Science and Artificial Intelligence”

1. Publication Details

Imprint | woorischool co.
Title | Professor Lee Daeyeol’s “Brain Science and Artificial Intelligence”
Subtitle | Children’s Science × Humanities
Author | Lee Daeyeol
Illustrator | Jeong Jingyeong
Genre | Children, other
Format | 168×228
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 128pages
ISBN | 9791187050582

 

2. Contact

Name | Kim Minjeong
Phone | +82-2-6012-6094
Email | schoolwoori@daum.net
URL | https://blog.naver.com/woorischool

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Children; Science; Brain Science; Artificial Intelligence; Robot
Target Readership | Age 9-12

 

4. About the Author and Illustrator

Author - Lee Daeyeol
As a neuroscientist, I have studied the brains of humans and animals for a long time. After majoring in economics and psychology, I started studying brain science to go deeper into human behavior and mind. I’m leading new and important research projects at the frontline of brain research, pioneering in a new field called neuroeconomics. I’ve been putting great effort in sharing knowledge about brain and intelligence for people who will live through the era of artificial intelligence. Currently, I’m working as a professor at Yale University.

Illustrator - Jeong Jingyeong
I majored in Oriental Painting at Hongik University. Right now, I’m an illustrator who loves drawing using different materials. I draw and hold exhibitions to create a world where no one gets hurt and lead a wonderful life.

 

5. About the Book

The author has put together new and interesting stories for children, discussing “Would it be possible for humans and artificial intelligence to get along?”, “What is human brain’s true and unique capability that nothing can copy?”, and “How will brain and intelligence lead us to be?”.
The development of brain science is what drove the development of artificial intelligence forward. Without understanding human brains, we can’t not survive in the competition against artificial intelligence. That is why our children must learn about human brain to prepare for the future.
We believe that humans are special because we are the only creature with intelligence. But contrary to common belief, the first chapter of this book shatters our prejudice about brains and intelligence by showing that a flytrap, a mere plant, can count to five. “Cats and dogs, which is smarter?” “Can animals think?” “How do our brains create thoughts?” “How did humans obtain this ability to think?” “Does artificial intelligence function the same as our brains?” The author offers amusing answers to these questions with examples drawn from dogs, cats, and even cockroaches, jellyfish, bacteria and Caenorhabditis elegans. In the end, he presents a new conclusion that intelligence is “an ability of a living creature to identify problems and find solutions as it faces numerous challenges in its life.” This book helps readers explore the meaning of brain and intelligence, body and mind, and life and evolution, setting their first foot in the marvelous world of brain science. Moreover, as living conditions continue to change, they will be able to believe in their potential and look out, with confidence, for something that they and no one else can do.
The Children’s Science X Humanities series delivers the “latest stories to the youngest readers.” The goal is to let the young pioneering scholars seeking knowledge to directly communicate with children, which, linked with life, will provide a unique, interdisciplinary experience. The series does not make children memorize information but teaches how to think on their own, and it does not give them boundaries but builds creativity that transcends the lines, thereby nurturing.

 

 

<Regarding Attitude>

Regarding Attitude

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Hankyoreo Publishing Company
Title | Regarding Attitude
Subtitle | Values that inspire me to live
Author| Im Gyeongseon
Genre | Literature
Format | 132×195
Binding | Hard cover
Pages | 312pages
ISBN | 9791160402001

 

2. Contact

Name | JEONG Seonjae
Phone | +82-2-6373-6740
Email | Seonjae@hanibook.co.kr
URL | http://www.hanibook.co.kr, https://post.naver.com/my.nhn?memberNo=42610428

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | human relationships; essay; life
Target Readership | Adults

 

4. About the Author

Im Gyeongseon was born in Seoul and grew up in Yokohama, Lisbon, Sao Paulo, Osaka, New York, and Tokyo. Since 2005, Im has written When Dating Mom; A Country Is Woman; Regarding Attitude; No Matter What, Individualistic; To Be Free and I’ve Returned from Tokyo.
She has also written the novels One Day, the Women; Remember Me; My Man; and The One Who Remains with Me. Currently, Im is the co-host of the Naver Audioclip “Yojo and Im Gyeongseon’s Exchange Diary.”

 

5. About the Book

Loved by 30,000 readers, Im Gyeongseon’s most representative work.
Regarding Attitude is Im Gyeongseon’s most representative work. Im has written novels and essays; she has written multiple books on life and personal relationships and about work and love. Regarding Attitude is a collection of essays that reflects the core values the author has tried to convey in her 15 years of work in audio and written form: “Catwoman’s Gasp Counseling Center” (Yu Hui-yeol’s Radio Heaven), “Selfish Counseling Center” (Hankyoreo esc), “Catwoman” (Metro Newspaper), and “Individualist Life Counseling” (Naver Audioclip). What Im refers to as attitude in Regarding Attitude is how one lives and views life, and she sees it as an asset that inherently makes us most human. The author tackles everyday problems that we face through five categories: spontaneity, generosity, honesty, sincerity, and fairness; but instead of providing answers, Im poses questions: “Then what do you consider important in this case? What is your attitude towards life?” Then the readers choose for themselves their own standards to live by. Im employs simple and plain language and prose; it’s easy to see why readers love her essays.

 

 

<The Bleached>

The Bleached

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Hankyoreo Publishing Company
Title | The Bleached
Author | Jang Gangmyeong
Genre | Literature
Format | 150×210
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 352pages
ISBN | 9788984314818

 

2. Contact

Name | JEONG Seonjae
Phone | +82-2-6373-6740
Email | Seonjae@hanibook.co.kr
URL | http://www.hanibook.co.kr, https://post.naver.com/my.nhn?memberNo=42610428

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Contemporary society; young adult issues; exclusion
Target Readership | Adults

 

4. About the Author

Jang Gangmyeong worked as a reporter at the Dong-A Ilbo Daily for 11 years before making his literary debut with the novel The Bleached, which won the Hankyoreh Literary Prize. Following his debut, Jang received the Surim Literary Prize for No Enthusiasm, Eva Road, the Jeju 4ᆞ3 Peace Prize and the Today’s Writer Award for The Comments Army, and the Munhakdongne Writer Award for Waning Crescent, or the Way You Remember the World. Other published novels include We Wish for War and Homo Dominans. Jang has also published the serialized novel Lumiere People, the essay collection Our 5-Year-Belated Honeymoon, and the non-fiction works Election, Acceptance, Class, and The Price of an Arm and a Leg. Jang is the co-host of the reading podcast “What Are Books, Really ?” with the singer Yozoh.

 

5. About the Book

Beating out over 240 contenders to take the 16th Hankyoreh Literary Prize, The Bleached not only scored a unanimous victory but made a lasting impression on judges. The work was hailed as “a masterpiece guaranteed to spark heated debate not only in the world of Korean literature, but society as a whole,” “the most problematic work in years,” and “a disturbing but tragic portrait of today’s nihilistic youths.” It received the full support of the preliminary judges and the recommendations of the second-round judges.
The title The Bleached refers to the young adults of the “bleached generation”—characters born into a complete, immaculate world with no space for their contributions. As a result, they believe they have no choice but to be “bleached” by society. Proclaiming that the only way to express themselves is to reach the pinnacle of success before committing suicide, the characters post notices on the website whydoyoulive.com and take their own lives within the next 24 hours.
The Bleached takes an unflinching look at the despair of being denied the right to dream. Jang has painted a masterful portrait of young adults today as they struggle each day with unavoidable, bleached futures looming overhead.

 

 

<Small But Important Differences>

Small But Important Differences

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Onebook Publishing Co.
Title | Small But Important Differences
Subtitle | Science Hidden in Small but Important Differences in Nature
Author | Kim Eun-jung
Genre | Children and young adults
Format | 190×260
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 84pages
ISBN | 9791185237343

 

2. Contact

Name | Choi, Hyun K.
Phone | +82-10-4216-0953
Email | choihyunk@naver.com

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Science, animals, plants, illustrations
Target Readership | From 9 to 12 years of age

 

4. About the Author

When Kim Eun-jung was young, she wasn’t interested in science, but as she grew up, she wanted to learn and understand the world, which made her more interested in science. She attended science lectures and asked questions and studied on her own, and those efforts led her to write and publish the books Small But Important Questions and Small But Important Differences. Her other illustrated titles include Daughters Are Great, The Dictionary of Beautiful Values 1 & 2, The Walls of Suseong Palace Can Be That High, and Homemade Makgeolli.

 

5. About the Book

In nature, we see many animals and plants that look alike and live in similar climates. For example, can you tell the difference between a true owl and a barn owl? Or the difference between a sea otter and a river otter? How about a water deer and a roe deer that we can see in a forest? Some plants also look alike. For example, rosebays and royal azaleas look very similar to each other and both blossom in the spring. In the fall, we see maiden silvergrass and common reeds in the fields or by a river, but it is difficult to tell which is which.
Small But Important Differences introduces 17 pairs of look-alike animals and plants and tells you how you can tell one from the other. The book explains the differences between Asian elephants and African elephants, cats and leopard cats, true owls and barn owls, river otters and sea otters, red-crowned cranes and Oriental storks, lotuses and water lilies, blunt-lobed spice bushes and Cornelian cherries, pine trees and Korean pines, and more. Reading this book is like taking a special trip into nature on which you get to see and learn the small but important differences in animals, insects, flowers, plants, and trees.
When you can see the small but important differences in nature, a new world opens up to you.
One of the most important lessons in any science class is to compare and contrast two similar or different objects or living things. The process of finding out the differences or similarities among things enables learners to not only obtain information but also to think scientifically.
With Small But Important Differences, young readers will have fun finding out new information about animals and plants that they know or have seen. By learning about the small differences to tell each one apart from its look-alike, readers will become excited to learn more about the animals and plants and become more sensitive to small but important differences that exist around them. Only when you become interested and learn about nature will you appreciate it and work towards preserving it. This is a book that young readers should take outside and use its explanations to see the differences with their own eyes. Be ready to be awed by nature.

 

 

<Small But Important Questions>

Small But Important Questions

1. Publication Details

Imprint | Onebook Publishing Co.
Title | Small But Important Questions
Subtitle | History and Evolution of Earth for the Past 450 Million Years
Author | Kim Eun-jung
Genre | Children and young adults
Format | 190×260
Binding | Paperback
Pages | 84pages
ISBN | 9791185237398

 

2. Contact

Name | Choi, Hyun K.
Phone | +82-10-4216-0953
Email | choihyunk@naver.com

 

3. Marketing Information

Keyword | Science; animals; plants; illustrations; the history of Earth; evolution
Target Readership | 9 to 12 years of age

 

4. About the Author

When Kim Eun-jung was young, she wasn’t interested in science, but as she grew up, she wanted to learn and understand the world, which made her more interested in science. She attended science lectures and asked questions and studied on her own, and those efforts led her to write and publish the books Small But Important Questions and Small But Important Differences. Her other illustrated titles include Daughters Are Great, The Dictionary of Beautiful Values 1 & 2, The Walls of Suseong Palace Can Be That High, and Homemade Makgeolli.

 

5. About the Book

The book answers small but important questions about animals and plants that lived, evolved, and became extinct during the cataclysmic changes that took place in the 450 million years since the beginning of Earth. The book begins by explaining how the solar system, with planets including Earth, came to be, how life began, and how life evolved after undergoing five large mass extinctions. The book includes wonderful pictures of how aquatic living beings left water, came to live on land, and evolved to become mammals, including homo sapiens, and pictures of how whales, which used to be land animals, evolved to become sea animals. Take your time to enjoy each picture in Small But Important Questions, which captures important moments from 450 million years of history of our planet Earth. There are no small questions in science. The book Small But Important Questions answers 16 questions about nature and science. Pterodactyls aren’t dinosaurs? The fish that live in the sea now were originally freshwater fish? A mayfly doesn’t have a mouth? Why don’t trees turn into coal anymore? In the very beginning, a day on Earth was only four hours? These questions sound like ones that elementary school children might ask, but when you find out the answers to these questions, you discover how life began and evolved on Earth and how some living things became extinct. By reading the book, you will not only find out the answers to the questions but also learn how you can build knowledge—by being curious about the world around you and asking questions. You will also discover how mysterious and awe-inspiring the history of life and nature is.

 

 

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