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Photographs by Katherine Yungmee Kim.
Datz Press, 2021. 216 pp., 6¾x9½".

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“‘Longitude’ is a visual novel that explores motherhood, familial loss and longing through the use of archival images, family photos and snapshots.” _Katherine Yungmee Kim

Katherine Yungmee Kim is a writer and journalist based in California. Her book, ‘Longitude,’ is a visual novel that incorporates text and archival and family photographs to trace a personal and political history of the Korean peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Each chapter is a short written piece that ranges from a single sentence to several pages in length. This documentary narrative explores the plight of the modern Korean family, emigration, the political forces that drove such migratory patterns, and the larger international and personal implications of borders, civil conflicts, security, freedom and identity. The use of archival and snapshot images adds elements of history and nostalgia to emphasize the division of a nation and the resulting severance of families. Based on research and interviews conducted over the years in the U.S. and Korea, this project was awarded the ‘Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize’ from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She has a degree in English Literature from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University.

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