Stories My Father Told Me: A Korean Father’s Wisdom for His Child


Stories My Father Told Me: A Korean Father’s Wisdom for His Child by Professor Young-shin Park, is a collection of stories that leads the reader to ponder what is essential in life and how one should live it.  These are thoughtful and thought-provoking stories of wisdom.

A Father’s Precious Heritage: “The true meaning of living a good life”

The author shares a series of stories she heard since childhood from her father.  Along with her own life-long observations of her father’s life, these stories of wisdom are from her father’s childhood struggles with poverty, war, refuge, and settlement during the Japanese colonial period and the Korean War. After the war, came life in South Korea as a farmer and then fatherhood. The stories are simple and purefull of perseverance, caring, tolerance, and love, the roots of life’s values.


The father in the book does not instruct with words, but with actions. He shows respect to even very young children and guides them to their own self-realizations. The author communicates her father’s thoughtful attitude towards life in an honest and easily approachable manner. Readers glean moments of self-awareness as they read through the book.

For Parents and Children around the World

People are born, children to someone, and in turn, become parents to someone. No person is born as an adult, no person is born a parent. As a child, our reality comes from our parents, and we look upon them as if they are “the world.” As we become adults, we come to realize that our parents were once young and awkward themselves. We then begin to pay attention to how they themselves became adults, became parents. Although the beginnings may not be perfect, the constant struggle of a father to live a good life is of great value for their children. This book contains valuable stories for all parents of this world, and to all the children who are looking to them.

Thirty-one pieces of beautiful and lyrical artwork augment and enhance the stories contained in this collection and greatly adds to the reader’s experience.


Young-shin Park

Dr.  Young-shin Park has been a tenured professor in the Department of Education at Inha University since 1993. She has served in leadership roles on numerous academic associations, as President of the Korean Society for Women Psychology, President of the Korean Association of Human Development, and President of the Korean Psychological Association of Culture and Social Issues, Vice-President of the Korean Educational Research Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Korean Psychological Association, and Editor-in-Chief of the Korean Educational Psychology Association. Dr. Park received research distinction being the most frequently cited researcher in her field of study, humanities and social sciences (education), as found by the Korea Joongang Daily News that evaluated the academic contributions of Korean academics. Dr. Park’s main areas of research interests are parent-child relationship, achievement consciousness, happiness and quality of life, stress, youth culture and delinquent behavior, and Korean indigenous psychology. Dr. Park’s primary motivation for writing this book is to meaningfully move people’s hearts in a continuing effort towards a realization of a beautiful and peaceful world.

293 pp.
LC# 2018965790
Hardcover 21 x 17 cm.
ISBN-13: 9781565914919
ISBN-10: 1565914910