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Aussie family’s war story to launch new Korean Book Club
7 March 2020

The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) Australia is launching a Korean Book Club on Saturday 7 March 2020 in partnership with the Sydney Anzac Memorial, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.

The book selected for the inaugural book club is Passage To Pusan, the true story of Australian mother Thelma Healy and her brave 15,000km solo journey to war-torn South Korea in 1961 to find the grave of her soldier son Vince, who died fighting in the Korean War a decade earlier.

Written by Thelma’s granddaughter, award-winning Australian journalist Louise Evans OAM, Passage To Pusan resonates deeply with Australians and Koreans as it explores the devastating impact of war on ordinary families. Passage to Pusan was also made into a documentary, which premiered as the highlight of the annual Korean Film Festival In Australia (KOFFIA).

The inaugural Korean Book Club on 7 March will be held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney from 11am – 2pm and will feature author/journalist Louise Evans in conversation with the Anzac Memorial’s Senior Historian and Curator, Brad Manera.

The launch date for the Korean Book Club is also significant as it marks the day Sergeant Vincent Healy, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, was killed in action fighting in Operation Woodbine in 1951, aged 24. To honour his service and sacrifice, the inaugural Korean Book Club will start with a 15-minute Remembrance Ceremony in the presence of Korean War veterans.

The quarterly Korean Book Club is FREE and open to anyone interested in Korea and Korean literature. Online bookings are essential at as Book Club seats are limited. Upon confirmation of bookings, participants will be sent a copy of the book Passage To Pusan to read ahead of the event.