A 34-year-old author, who identifies herself only with her pen name Hae-gil, published a memoir this week about her and her parents’ seven years of living as legal aliens in the United States, defining the nature of their life in the foreign land as a total failure. In the book, “Back Then, We Shouldn’t Have Gone to the US,” released by Daejeon-based small independent publisher txt.kcal, she narrates about her family’s shattered American dream, and the wisdom she gained from the years of struggle and harsh living as a second-class citizen. One of the toughest challenges she and her parents had faced was downward social mobility, she said.

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