May 17, 2013
Reviewing Radin's Boilerplate
ContractsProf Blog (A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network) has been hosting a series of short reviews of Margaret Radin's new book Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights and Rule of Law. Contributions so far have been by Ethan Leib (Fordham), David Horton (UC Davis), Andrew Gold (DePaul), Theresa Amato (Citizen Works), and Peter Alces (William & Mary). It looks like there may be more to come.
Hat Tip: Kim Krawiec at The Faculty Lounge
November 09, 2010
Developing Labor Law 2010 Cumulative Supplement Is Out
Management and Union labor lawyers as well as scholars all have one thing in common. Everyone uses the Developing Labor Law. It is one of the few treatises which I purchase. The 2010 Cumulative Supplement is out. It is available here.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
March 03, 2010
Book Review: Korean Odyssey by Tai Kyun Shin
It should be obvious to regular readers that the Korean Odyssey by Tai Kyun Shin is a special book. This is because I do not usually cover non-legal or non-academic matters and I have never before reviewed a non-legal book. This book, which spans 291 pages-and which I read in two days- is easily one of the best books I have ever read.
The book is an autobiography of my neighbor and friend Tai Kyun Shin whose family was separated and partially re-united 40 years later because of the Korean War. The book starts out tracing Tai's life growing up in a town just south of what was to become the 38th parallel which still divides North and South Korea. Before the war broke out in 1950, Korea was one nation and Tai regularly traveled from his grandparents house which was to become part of South Korea and the home he lived in with his parents which became part of North Korea.
The book details Tai's flight to the South, at age 18 with no money or skills, to avoid conscription into the North Korean military and the amazing story of how he wound up in the United States earning three masters degrees and becoming re-united with a portion of his large family some 40 years later. Tai was one of a very few Korean immigrants to enter this country before the influx of Korean immigration in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. The book recounts how he met and married a white woman in 1963 and had three bi-racial children at the time of the Civil Rights revolution in this country.
I was completely unaware that the North Korean government did not allow any phone, letter or internet correspondence and how many Koreans were permanently separated from their families for decades after the war ended. When Tai got to finally become re-united with his mother and two brothers by traveling to North Korea in 1989 and again in 1990, he could not travel alone. He had to be escorted by a North Korean government official who also required him and his American wife to go to events praising Kim II Sung, the premier of North Korea. Upon being first met by this woman, they were told that "America is an imperialist country."
What is most fascinating about this book is the story of Tai's father who also came to the United States. His father, who also was unable to have any contact with his wife and his two sons (Tai's mother and brothers), remarried. When Tai had the opportunity to re-unite with his mother and brothers, his father (who is still alive today and living in the U.S.) did not want to re-unite because of the effect that would have on his second wife and on his second family. I cannot imagine the strain and family pressure that he and his son Tai must have felt.
It is apparent that Tai's motivation in writing this book had nothing to do with money. It was written because of the love he and his wife Joy have for their many grandchildren. It is my sincere hope that someone discovers this treasure and makes it into a full length feature motion picture. Until then, you can purchase this book for $25.00 by directly emailing Tai at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have no doubt that you will be glad that you purchased this book.
If any readers who purchase this book would like to leave a comment, I would be happy to post those comments so that others can see them.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein