The Rumpus Interview with Paul Yoon

Posted: July 28, 2009 in News and General Posts
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For the last few weeks, I’ve searched for Paul Yoon’s contact information in order to ask him a few questions about his book.  My searches came up empty.  There are, however, several interviews with the writer available online.  The following is an excerpt from one conducted by The Rumpus:

Rumpus: All of the stories in ONCE THE SHORE the Shore are set on the fictional South Korean island of Solla. In their original versions, some of these stories mentioned the real island of Cheju as their setting. Can you describe your decision to shift these stories into a fictional world?

Paul Yoon: When I started ONCE THE SHORE I definitely had Cheju Island, and other islands in that area, in mind. I hadn’t been to Cheju in about fourteen years and I couldn’t afford a trip back or take the time off from day jobs to travel there, so I relied on research and my imagination. When I finished, though, and saw the book as a whole, I realized that the stories didn’t really have anything to do with Cheju Island at all. I had changed virtually everything—geography, events, and history—to tell these stories. And it occurred to me that it was never my intention to write about that specific island…

For the complete interview, click here.

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