My novel, White Mulberry, is inspired by my grandmother’s life during the Japanese Occupation of Korea. The story is about a Korean family displaced from their homeland but it’s really about the need for love and belonging while navigating extreme change. The lesson my grandmother imparted is to embrace who you are and open your heart to others, even if it means risk. By sharing this story, I hope to help others put into perspective their own search for self and place in the world.
I invite you to join me on the journey as I complete the book and get it published. Along the way I’ll share stories about why I write, what I’m reading, and progress on my novel. I will include insights into my family, and who I am as an author, mother, daughter, wife and community member. Please enter your name and email address in the box at the right, and be the first to receive my new journey entries.
Rosa Kwon Easton
Three Generations – One Family
White Mulberry is about a poor Korean girl who defies her times to pursue education over marriage in Japan, only to face racism in a country hostile to Koreans. She becomes a nurse but is drafted into the Japanese army in WWII, learning what it means to love when faced with the decision to keep her young son or go to war.