Beyond the Border: A Korean's Journey Between the North and South: Boston Event

East End Books Boston Seaport presents: "Beyond the Border: A Korean's Journey Between the North and South" w/ Tae-hyok Kim & Nicole Kim Rogers. April 23rd at 6pm. Boston Bookstore (300 Pier 4 Blvd.).

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2023 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist

A true story that unfolds in a divided nation. Tae-hyok left North Korea as a teenager in search of opportunity. Then, the Korean War started.

Born in 1931 in Korea, Tae-hyok Kim grows up being forced to speak Japanese and bow to the Emperor every day in school. His family longs for freedom from the Japanese occupation. But life takes a dramatic turn for the worse when his country is divided into North and South after World War II.

At the age of fifteen, he leaves his family in North Korea, venturing south in search of an education. But crossing the treacherous border—the 38th Parallel—comes with its own set of risks. At one point, he’s even captured by the border guards.

Choosing to stay in South Korea to escape the grips of communism in his hometown, Tae-hyok finds himself unexpectedly enlisting in the South Korean Army. But then the Korean War starts. And amidst the chaos of war, Tae-hyok wonders if he’s fighting against his own brothers or friends from the North.

From a life of poverty and Japanese oppression to the journey as a soldier in the Korean War, BEYOND THE BORDER tells the extraordinary true story of growing up in a severed, warring nation and the atrocities of “The Forgotten War.”

“A poignant testament to Tae-hyok’s resilience and the indomitable spirit of those who lived through that tumultuous era.”
—Reader review

About the authors

Nicole Kim Rogers is the granddaughter of Tae-hyok Kim. She grew up captivated by her grandfather’s remarkable tales of adventures in Korea. In 2020, she started reading all her grandfather’s stories and piecing them together, interviewing him daily. She has worked in marketing for companies including Ektron (now Optimizely), Box, Google, WeWork, and Matterport. Beyond pursuing a career in tech, Nicole is passionate about the outdoors. Whether running, climbing, biking, or hiking, she has a love for the mountains. Her passion for exploration has taken her to all seven continents, allowing her to embrace the diverse cultures of the world. Nicole is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the hub of technology and innovation.

Tae-hyok Kim grew up in North Korea when it was under Japanese rule in the 1930s. Following Japan’s surrender in World War II, he experienced the division of Korea into two separate states, North Korea and South Korea, in 1945. Seeking an education, Tae-hyok embarked on a journey to South Korea. He later joined the South Korean Army, fighting for the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) during the Korean War, not knowing whether he was fighting against his own brothers and friends. After the war, Tae-hyok married Soonnyum Lee, and they had two children. Tae-hyok pursued his dreams and came to America, where he received an education at Brigham Young University. He worked for many companies, spending the most time at Reader’s Digest. Despite the challenges and hurdles that have come his way, Tae-hyok always has a smile on his face and keeps pushing forward with a positive attitude, embodying the enduring spirit of resilience. His friends know him as Tae (pronounced ‘Tie’).


Event date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
300 Pier 4 Blvd
Unit 4
Boston, MA 02210
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