STATEMENT TO THE PRESS<br>Ten Thousand Sorrows by
<br>Elizabeth Kim<br><br>Various allegations have been raised
questioning Elizabeth Kim's <br>account of her mother's death
and surrounding circumstances in Korea<br>in her
book, Ten Thousand Sorrows, published by Doubleday in
May, 2000.<br>As responsible publishers, we have taken
these allegations seriously <br>and have investigated
their veracity and continue to do so. After<br>speaking
with several individuals with expertise in Korea, we
believe <br>that while opinion on some matters is
divided, overall the core of Ms. <br>Kim's work is
accurate.It is important to note that Ms. Kim's book is
<br>avowedly a memoir, one person's account, not an academic
work of <br>scholarship.<br><br>However, we do now
believe that there are not sufficient studies for <br>Ms.
Kim and Doubleday to have stated as an established
fact that<br>there is a tradition of honor killings in
Korea.<br><br>Based on discussions with Ms. Kim and the Korea experts
we consulted, <br>we believe that the account of her
traumatic, personal experience is <br>essentially true.
While people are free to debate the merits of Ms.
<br>Kim's portrayal, we at Doubleday feel the memoir
contributes <br>meaningfully to public knowledge.