I have a post up at Catholic Cuisine describing some of our favorite Korean foods to honor Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and companions, whose feast was on Saturday. These saints are considered special friends in our family -- our two little Korean boys have been named for them, and in honoring them, we honor our sons' heritage.
In addition to calling your attention to a recipe or two, there are also two books we absolutely love, that are wonderful family read-alouds. They provide an excellent introduction to ancient Korean culture and and some of its antiquities, which the author uses as a jumping-off point for spinning two beautiful, enduring stories. Both books are written by Linda Sue Park, who, as an interesting side note (for us, at least!), is a resident of a village not far from our area!
The first, a Newberry winner, is A Single Shard (2001). This book would make the list of the top 10 books I've read my to my daughter since she was old enough to enjoy listening to longer pieces of literature. The inspiration for this story is The Flying Crane, perhaps the most famous example of ancient Korean celadon pottery. The story is moving and sweet, and centers around a poor young boy who becomes an unlikely apprentice to a talented potter. I read this one aloud during a several hours-long road trip, and when I got to the end, I had to keep stopping, because I was crying too hard to continue. Absolutely lovely, and deeply moving. (At the time, we were awaiting word that our now 2 year old little boy would be traveling from Korea to come home to us. We arrived home from this road trip on a Monday, and got "the" phone call the next day!)
The second, The See-Saw Girl (1999), is the story of a young girl whose father was a Korean nobleman. It describes not only the wealth and privilege into which she was born, but also the extremes to which her culture required that a girl of her station be shielded from the outside world. Her desire and effort to see something outside the walls enclosing her family's estate ultimately lead her to invent Korea's unique standing see saw! (I'm told that in Korea, a see-saw designed for sitting was unheard of prior to the arrival of Americans during the Korean War.) I loved reading in the author's book jacket notes that her parents had put together a Korean see-saw in her backyard while she was growing up -- maybe it felt like that opened up the world a little bit for her, too!
I highly recommend both of these books, written with heart by a talented woman of Korean heritage. And you don't need to have a connection to Korea to enjoy them! They should be widely available at local libraries; but both are worthy additions to any home library.