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  • By Penny Pomfet
    Jul 19, 2011
    Review of Chang Shub Roh’s Watermelon Tiger: What an inspiring story – all the more so because it is true! Watermelon Tiger chronicles the journey of Dr. Chang Shub Roh, a ”Korean country boy … from his mountain village many decades ago to America”. He describes firsthand life under the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945), including having to change names from Korean to Japanese, speaking only Japanese in school, and suffering hunger because of food rationing and the forced delivery of rice to Japan. Education was so important to the Roh family that Roh’s school teacher father sent Roh and his eldest brother to Tokyo to attend middle school during WWII because the schools would be better there. They were told to find an apartment near the French Embassy because the Americans wouldn’t bomb it! Roh relates his experiences in the Korean War as a translator for the Americans. He humorously describes how he volunteered to go to the frontline of the war zone later finding out “it was... More > like signing up for death”. He managed to survive and became an interrogator of captured soldiers. He tells with great pride that he treated them in “a respectable and dignified manner”. Watermelon Tiger is a true tale of courage, determination, and survival against all odds. We cheer for Roh when he receives one of the first American-Korean Foundation scholarships to study in the U.S. and later when he attains a Ph.D. in Sociology. He eventually goes on to found the Global Awareness Society International, an organization with numerous chapters across the globe dedicated to the fostering of world peace and mutual understanding. This book is a testimony to perseverance, hard work, and a little luck. It should be required reading for all history students!< Less
  • By Y
    Jul 18, 2011
    An Autobiography To Be Remembered: Watermelon Tiger – Journey of a Korean Country Boy Dr. Chang Shub Roh is a professor emeritus of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. I met him in 2009 when I was teaching there. He is a very good joker with a generous good looking neighbor grandpa face. He always has been trying to encourage young generations around him to strive for their promising good life goals especially for the world peace and global understanding of different cultures in this troubled world. He established the GASI (Global Awareness Society International) over 20 years ago and has been leading that organization as the founder and president tirelessly regardless his age over 80+. I had a strong curiosity about his life story after meeting him several times in the campus. One day, he took one book from his drawer and gave it to me with his signature at his GASI office. It was his autobiography written in Korean – ‘초가집에서 지구촌으로.’ It was so... More > interesting and touching. It gave me many useful life lessons to me and I finished reading it overnight without any interruptions. His book contains his unbelievably turbulent and dynamic life journey covering his dramatic life in Korea, America, Japan, and the Philippines. As a young Korean country boy born in a deep mountainous southern province of Korea, he experienced so many life-or-death difficulties through his colonial life in Korea and Japan, studying as a war-time college student and serving as a civilian interpreter for American soldiers during Korean War in Korea and studying and working as a very young foreign student in Japan, and needless to say studying Social Welfare as a graduate student at Louisiana State University and struggling with unfamiliar American cultures and custom as a young student came across the Pacific Ocean with very different cultural and historical backgrounds. His English version autobiography ‘WATERMELON TIGER – Journey of a Korean Country Boy’ was finally published in July 2011 and he sent me his book. I think it is a very vivid description of a Korean American social scientist that went through recent major historical milestones with himself such as hostile Japanese occupation and colonization process of Korea, North Korean invasion of South Korea and Korea’s division, fighting of the United Nations Allied Forces in Korean War, and shifting of American views in various sensitive issues including social justice and civil rights. Now, it is not easy for us to meet any survivors who experienced all of the above historical events in person. In that sense, it is very fortunate for us to get a chance to read Dr. Roh’s historically precious autobiography. Although many people around the world nowadays mention about ‘globalization,’ it is not easy to see any person who implemented that concept concretely in academia since over 20 years ago like Dr. Roh by creating an organization called GASI which emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to achieve the world peace and humanity. I think his very open minded global view about the world peace came from his indescribable hardships and sufferings he experienced as an innocent and naïve Korean country boy in the turmoil of world history and his striving for ‘true world peace and humanity.’ I think his recent autobiography can be a good source of information especially for the young American and Korean generations to establish their promising future life goals especially in the view of the world peace and harmony. We do not aware well about our own cultural heritage, history, and social issues. In that sense, Dr. Roh’s autobiography which looks like a very well written documentary film script will send one meaningful message about your future life journey. References 노창섭박사 GASI (Global Awareness Society International) 초가집에서 지구촌으로< Less
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Chang Shub Roh
June 26, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.79 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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