Hildi Kang


Hildi Kang is an educator, writer, presenter, and active traveler, having hiked the Swiss alps, ridden her bike across southern France,and hiked with llamas in the mountains of California. She has traveled with three others by train, van, and camel along much of the ancient silk road around the Taklamakan desert in the northwest of China and crossing into Uzbekistan to follow the road from the cities of Khiva to Samarkand. Closer to home, Hildi is a graduate of the University of California in Berkeley, is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, has presented as several of their conferences, and been guest lecturer in Asian studies at various universities. She is married into a large Korean family, makes trips frequently to Korea, and now lives with her husband in Livermore, CA. When not writing or traveling, she is cellist in the local orchestra.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Reading for pleasure is an elusive concept, for what is pleasurable to one would be disastrous to another! As for me, i head for nonfiction, the academic books found in the catalogs of the various university presses--the marvelous books that often get lost in the heavy catalogs of academia. Within that, I stay with ancient Asia. Favorites that i keep returning to include "Beyond the Bronze Pillars: Envoy Poetry and the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship," by Liam Kelley. "East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute," by David Kang, and "A Korean Storyteller's Miscellany: The P'aegwan chapki of O Sukkwon," by Peter Lee.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
i grew up near San Francisco with diversity always within elbow reach, even before i was aware of it. My parents died early and i was shifted from here to there, but a small foot locker of my father moved around with me, And there began my interest in Asia. My father had been doctor on several freighters that circled the world, and in his foot locker were small items from these travels: a red cinnabar box from China, carved elephants from India, a piece of a bamboo bird cage from somewhere. I loved these things because they came from my father. Only much later did i see the Asian connection.

I remember lying on the floor with a world map and tracing lines from one captivating name to the next... Samarkand ... Kashgar ... Ula Bator ... Who lived in these places? What did they do? How did they get there in the first place? As a college student, the only paper i saved (all these years) is one on the geography of the ancient trade routes from China across the Taklamahan desert into Central Asia.

And so what i wrote was only to answer some of these questions. When i searched and could not find anything, i became compelled to dig for answers.
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Where to buy in print


"Into the Stillness ... of an Ancient Buddhist Temple"
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Essay » Sociology
"Into the Stillness" is a short diary taking the reader into the heart of a Korean Buddhist monastery, where one learns only by watching, listening, and absorbing the stillness. Both general readers and specialists with students in high school or college who study Asia, Asian history, religions, or Comparative Religions may like to supplement their factual study with this sensory journey.

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