Being Korean AND Black

“Book Notes

Kang Hyun-kyung. (May 23, 2020). I am Korean yet culturally black. The Korea Times.

Cindy Wilson, author of Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle, was born I Wol-yang in Seoul and adopted by African-American parents in 1975 when she was a few months old. Her name was changed to Cindy and she was brought to America by her adoptive parents the following year. Raised in Mississippi, Wilson identifies as being part of the African American community, even though she is Asian.

Too much soul

The article, and the book that sparked it, seem likely to start interesting class discussions about racial vs. cultural identity. Biracial students, or students adopted across racial lines as in this case, are often particularly skilled at helping other students in a course help learn how to gracefully discuss the issues.


Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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