Euny Hong

Author of “The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture."

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Euny Hong’s next book, The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture, will be published by Picador US, Simon & Schuster in the UK in early 2014.

Her first novel, KEPT: A Comedy of Sex and Manners, the story of a group of young New York aristocrats unable to accept their obselescence, was published by Simon & Schuster US, in August 2006, to great acclaim. It was published in German by Blanvalet in August 2008. Previously she was the weekly US television columnist at the Financial Times Weekend, US Edition. She has hundreds of published articles to her credit, which have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, and The Forward, among others. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Young Journalists Grant. She spent six years in Paris as a journalist for France 24, an international news network.

She spent her childhood between the US and Seoul, Korea, and has also lived in Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy. While at Yale, she co-founded Rumpus, a very juvenile campus humour magazine that remains in continuous operation. She holds a Higher Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in the UK but seriously doubts that being a sommelier would be a good fallback option. She is fluent in English, French, German, and Korean.

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