Grass is a powerful anti-war graphic novel, offering up firsthand the
life story of a Korean girl named Okseon Lee who was forced into sexual
slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War a
disputed chapter in 20th century Asian history. Beginning in Lee s
childhood, Grass shows the leadup to World War II from a child s
vulnerable perspective, detailing how one person experienced the
Japanese occupation and the widespread suffering it entailed for
ordinary Korean folk. Keum Suk Gendry-Kim emphasizes Lee s strength in
overcoming the many forms of adversity she experienced.
Grass is painted in a black ink that flows with lavish details of the beautiful fields and farmland of Korea and uses heavy brushwork on the somber interiors of Lee s memories. Cartoonist Gendry-Kim s interviews with Lee become an integral part of Grass, forming the heart and architecture of this powerful non-fiction graphic novel and offering a holistic view of how Lee s wartime suffering changed her. Grass is a landmark graphic novel that makes personal the desperate cost of war and the importance of peace.
Grass - Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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