I didn’t have much of a childhood growing up fast in downtown, Los Angeles. I also didn’t have a typical set of Korean parents who had academic aspirations for their children. Mine were too busy putting food on the table to worry about such trivial things. My immigrant experiences are ones that aren’t voiced much in today’s novels.
I write to break stereotypes. I write because I have characters that won’t keep quiet. They range from lost boys who want to save the world to teenage girls at breaking point who rise to more than they thought possible. Because it’s what I know, my protagonists are Korean.
Through adventures or character driven stories, I get to rewrite my childhood as many times as I want and hope that it will give readers time to pause and reflect on theirs.
Cynthia Jeong Mun is a storyteller. She writes fiction for children of all ages. She has received grant support from both the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. She is the Regional Advisor of Nevada for the national Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives in Summerlin Las Vegas.