The Korean

Single and Obese: Then Kimchi Changed Everything!

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Pub Date 17 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 5 Mar 2022

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Africa Yoon née Engo was about to turn 30. She was a celebrated activist working in Manhattan and around the world when she found she had gained 120 pounds and was obese. She realized she needed a life beyond her work and dreamed about having a husband and children. For her dream to come to fruition, she must work on herself to achieve her goal.

The activist starts on the road toward the greatest cause of her career—to save herself—and decides she will do a spiritual and physical makeover to find self-love in hopes it may lead to true love. One afternoon at the Asian grocery store H Mart, a Korean grandmother calls her fat! After the initial embarrassment of the public moment, the two begin an unusual friendship that leads her to eating kimchi—and that moment changes everything.

This memoir is full of culture, food, inspiration, and travel in this ugly-duckling-turned-swan transformation story, not unlike the self-discovery and romance vein of Sex and the City.

Africa Yoon née Engo was about to turn 30. She was a celebrated activist working in Manhattan and around the world when she found she had gained 120 pounds and was obese. She realized she needed a...


Advance Praise

"An inspiring journey of an activist who discovered that to be of service, life starts with taking care of one's self." Steven Kolb CEO, CFDA

"Africa, an acclaimed pan African activist, reminds us that we are so much more similar than different." Liz Agbor-Tabi VP, Global Policy at Global Citizen "

It is our great pleasure to be part of Africa's journey! It is an inspiring discovery of Korean food and culture." H Mart "

A master class on navigating culture." Marian Lee Dicus VP, Global Co-Head of Music, Spotify

"An inspiring journey of an activist who discovered that to be of service, life starts with taking care of one's self." Steven Kolb CEO, CFDA

"Africa, an acclaimed pan African activist, reminds us...


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I would like to first and foremost thank Netgalley for giving me an opportunity to review this book! It did take me a few chapters for the novel to pick up. Other than that, it was a fun read! I really enjoyed the writing style, and loved how descriptive some parts were. Overall I enjoyed this read!

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3.5 African American woman finds her way through life’s bumps with the help of A Korean connection. Africa is a well traveled woman, since an early age with her diplomate father. Born in Africa, raised around the world. As a young woman she is feeling a bit lost, overweight, unhealthy, unhappy. A chance happening awakens a new path for her one that will change her life. She meet an older Korean woman who tells her “you too fat-uh” it sounds harsh but this elder took her to the store, shopped with her, revived her spirit with food, healthy food. She begins, she challenges herself, goes far and moves the world towards better days. I loved the first half of this story. I connected with her and her story. The meeting of the Korean elder was wonderful. I wanted more on her. Africa really is a force, she fought and crushed her goals and dreams. I didn’t love the second half as much. It was little things, she called someone she loved “The Korean” this really got old and bothered me on some deep level. She explains it, and it makes sense but still it was there often. This was a very interesting and eye opening story. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. I received a copy of this from the publisher for an honest review.

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