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Tell Me the Dream Again - by Tasha Jun (Hardcover)

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Highlights

  • "This mesmerizes.
  • Author(s): Tasha Jun
  • 240 Pages
  • Religion + Beliefs, Christian Life

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About the Book



"Tasha Jun has always been caught between worlds: American and Korean, faith and doubt, family devotion and fierce independence. As a Korean American, she wandered between seemingly opposing worlds, struggling to find a voice to speak and a firm place for her feet to land. The world taught Tasha that her Korean normal was a barrier to belonging--that assimilation was the only way she would ever be truly accepted. But if that were true, did that mean God had made a mistake in knitting her together?"--Provided by publisher.



Book Synopsis



"This mesmerizes." --Publishers Weekly starred review

"I've always felt unfit as a Korean but somehow too Korean everywhere else."

Tasha Jun has always been caught between worlds: American and Korean, faith and doubt, family devotion and fierce independence. As a Korean American, she wandered between seemingly opposing worlds, struggling to find a voice to speak and a firm place for her feet to land.

The world taught Tasha that her Korean normal was a barrier to belonging--that assimilation was the only way she would ever be truly accepted. But if that were true, did that mean God had made a mistake in knitting her together?

Told with tender honesty and compelling prose, Tell Me the Dream Again is a memoir-in-essays exploring
  • what it means to be biracial in America today
  • the joy and healing that comes with embracing every part of who we are, and
  • how our identity in Christ is tightly woven with the unique colors, scents, and culture he's given us.
We are not outsiders to God. When we let all the details of ourselves unfold--when we embrace who we were divinely knit together to be--this is when we'll fully experience his perfect love.



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Starred review. "I've always been caught between worlds . . . struggling to find a firm place to land," writes Jun of negotiating a biracial identity in this stirring debut. The daughter of a Korean mother and a white father, Jun recalls how, as a kid, she'd think of purging the fridge of kimchi before her friends came over--"Did we appear to be normal?" she'd wonder self-consciously--while also privately aching for the Korean language and traditions that had never been hers. (Her mother hadn't spoken Korean at home.) Jun's long struggle to accept her identity included traveling to Korea, where she was seen as an outsider, and navigating her fraught relationship with her mother, who slowly shared stories about a pain-filled past growing up during and after the Korean War, "bringing food to her dad in a dirt bunker [and] seeing dead bodies in the streets." In high school, Jun built a devotion to Jesus that helped her find wholeness because of her biracial identity--which she'd once thought of as both "too Asian and not Asian enough"--rather than in spite of it. Jun writes in lyrical prose, with longing simmering below the surface on almost every page--"the [Korean] language has always pulled at me like a map that promises to show the way home." This mesmerizes.--Publishers Weekly
Dimensions (Overall): 7.85 Inches (H) x 5.33 Inches (W) x .78 Inches (D)
Weight: .73 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Sub-Genre: Christian Life
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Number of Pages: 240
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Theme: Personal Growth
Format: Hardcover
Author: Tasha Jun
Language: English
Street Date: May 9, 2023
TCIN: 88495593
UPC: 9781496459572
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-8417
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews
100% would recommend
10 recommendations

A beautiful read

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
L Hoover - 11 months ago
Tell Me The Dream Again is honest, beautiful and filled with care. Tasha shares her story in a way that lets the reader feel like you are right there with her. This book inspires dialogue and I think it’s a good read for all ages.
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A gift to read

5 out of 5 stars
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KC - 11 months ago
A line in the forward stuck out to me - that a good book is not just about someone else's story, but reveals stories within ourselves, as the reader. This book certainly does that. There are so many themes woven throughout this book - family roots, race and ethnicity, identity, mother-daughter relationships, just to name a few - anyone who reads this will find something to identify with because it comes from shared human experiences. Beautifully and tenderly written, Tasha's vulnerabilities gently nudge us to become vulnerable in examining ourselves and bring to the surface stories that may have been buried. Her story reminds us that all of us matter and all parts of us matter - even parts that have been broken or hidden, whether consciously or not. This book was a gift to read and one you won't regret picking up.
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Beautiful book- highly reccommend!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
jj254 - 11 months ago
Tasha Jun so beautifully writes about her experiences being caught between cultures as a biracial Korean American. Told in tender prose, she invites you in to her life with detailed glimpses of her upbringing, her relationship with her mother, and finding acceptance of who God created her to be. Each chapter is wonderfully woven together and builds toward the conclusion. Definitely worth your time.
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A vulnerable, bold and tender memoir

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
rdklove - 11 months ago
As an Asian American woman, this book really spoke to me and hit the parts of myself that I unknowingly covered for a long time. Tasha Jun’s thought provoking yet vulnerable accounts of her own upbringing as well as her experiences living as a POC in largely homogeneous spaces forced me to look back on my own lived experiences and explore themes that maybe had been hurtful but necessary to reflect on. I especially loved that the author included discussion questions and points of reflection towards the end that would make this book perfect to read together as a small group or even just to work through on your own. Jun’s writing is deep and poetic but her message is loud and clear.
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Great read, highly recommend!

5 out of 5 stars
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StephanieU - 11 months ago
I highly recommend Tell Me the Dream Again, it is full of insightful personal stories woven together throughout the book. Tasha’s experiences growing up as an Asian American really resonated with me - she was able to articulate similar emotions I felt growing up, and I never knew how to explain how I felt. And now as I’m raising biracial children, this book has helped me create my own notes and feelings that I’d like to share with them when they’re old enough and with my parents.
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Beautful, honest and hopeful

5 out of 5 stars
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CorinneG - 11 months ago
Tasha’s honesty and vulnerability invites you to think deeply about the intersection of our ethnicity and our longing for relationship and belonging. Beautifully written with compassion for self and others!
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A Moving and Thoughtful Memoir

5 out of 5 stars
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SH - 11 months ago
From painful stories of exclusion to beautiful accounts of belonging, from the naming of deep grief and loss to the weaving together of threads of redemption and wholeness... Tasha Jun's book is filled with poetic story-telling and an invitation to listen not only to her story but our own as well. I'm grateful for this author's voice - it's gentle, wise, and fierce!
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Will read again and again

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
JColorado - 11 months ago
I absolutely loved this book. It made me feel seen and understood and offered me some much needed encouragement.
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Highly Recommend This Beautiful Book!

5 out of 5 stars
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Marie - 1 year ago
Tell Me the Dream Again is written in lyrical prose that reads like soothing poetry for the soul. Tasha Jun poignantly and vulnerably articulates the struggles immigrant families experience: the tension of being caught between two worlds and the difficult choice of assimilation or being one's authentic self. Although this is a memoir, Tasha's story helps readers reflect on their own family histories as she compassionately leads readers on a journey to a hopeful place where their stories can be redeemed. As an Asian American woman, I felt seen and my voice heard as Tasha tenderly addressed the pain, loss, and grief that accompanies intergenerational trauma, and the invisibility that many Asian Americans feel from lack of representation and a desire to belong. The book encouraged me to embrace my entire ethnic identity, to view my cultural heritage as intentionally designed by God for His good purposes, and to wholly integrate it into my faith. A beautifully written book that weaves symbolism from Korean folktales that threads the whole story together. Truly a worthwhile read filled with deep insights! A great book to give to friends and includes reflection questions to discuss in a small group or book club!
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Tender, Earnest, and Just a Touch of Melancholy

5 out of 5 stars
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Jess - 1 year ago
Written with tenderness and care, Tasha Jun’s memoir mirrors this ache in me like very few writers have before. Jun expertly weaves together her faith and the story of her life, as well as her family members’ lives, in a way that is earnest without being corny or preachy. I cried while listening to the audiobook and felt so deeply validated when she talked about her wariness of being fetishized when she was dating. This is definitely a book I’ll hold close to my heart for many years.
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