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‘New York Bakery’ explores social changes in increasingly modern South Korea

Audrie Safira Maulana

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, September 22, 2019  /  01:44 pm
‘New York Bakery’ explores social changes in increasingly modern South Korea

New York Bakery is an anthology of short stories exploring social changes and culture clashes experienced by South Koreans. (JP/Audrie Safira Maulana)

Behind its high-tech, industrialized economy and its lively pop culture scene, there is a harsh reality that lies beneath South Korea. The citizens are struggling to keep pace with the constant change in their increasingly modern surroundings. This reality is candidly captured in New York Bakery, an anthology of short stories. Consisting of 14 short stories by award-winning Korean authors, the anthology explores social changes and culture clashes experienced by South Koreans. New York Bakery starts with a short story of the same title about a poet and novelist named Kim Yeon-su. The 24-year-old reminisces about a bakery that his family used to have in the city of Gimcheon, with his mother mostly being in charge of the business. It was not really a popular bakery, except during the holidays. Sadly, along with other stores, it was closed down due to the modernization of the area. ...