Person Detail: Younghill Kang
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|Full Name: Younghill Kang|
(1903-1972) Author. Born in Korea, Kang came to the United States in 1922. He lived in Manhattan and taught at NYU, met THOMAS WOLFE who introduced him to MAXWELL PERKINS. This meeting led to Scribner's publication of Kang's first novel "The Grass Roof" (1931). He then wrote a sequel, "East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental Yankee" (1937). Kang was the winner of French Prix Halpence Hamirsky in 1937 and two Guggenheim Awards for Creative Literature. He adapted "The Grass Roof" as "The Happy Grove" for children. In 1939, Illinois congressman Kent E. Keller introduced a bill to the US House of Representatives (HR 7127) to have NYU professor Younghill Kang naturalized as a US citizen. Included with the bill was a collection of statements on Kang's behalf compiled by the Committee on Citizenship for Younghill Kang that involved such notable literary and civic leaders as MALCOLM COWLEY, PEARL S. BUCK, LEWIS MUMFORD, MAXWELL PERKINS, and Charles Scribner.
Kang was born in Korea.
"The Grass Roof"
"East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental Yankee"
New York County
Kang lived in Manhattan, New York, New York, and taught at New York University.