2018 Fiction, Second Place
“Just A Little Bit of Patience” by Chang Hyeon Park
Seoul, South Korea
Korea International School, Jeju Campus
About Chang Hyeon Park:
“I think we all have experiences of facing a wall, not being able to fully connect to the world surrounding us. Regardless of the differences we have we share this commonality of wanting to belong to one another, be accepted and loved for who we are. I joined the contest because I thought it would be interesting to explore this common feeling of disconnectedness in someone else’s shoes, in a completely different scenario. Because at the end of the day, we are just like each other.
I am passionate about many different things. I love philosophy, chemistry, and performing arts. I am also very interested in wide ranges of social issues including LGBT rights and climate change. I love to explore new places, meet new people and learn new things by trying new different things.”
From 2018 Young Writers Contest Fiction Judge Djelloul Marbrook:
“Just a Little Bit of Patience” displays unremitting truthfulness and blazing insights. The story draws us into the courageous and harrowing life of an autistic child, and in so doing it tells something about human nature with a piercing gaze for which any astute reader must ultimately be grateful. I admire this story for its specificity and its stunning success in encouraging us to inhabit the psyche of a fellow human being. There are times when a single, blinding insight is so powerful, so urgent, that it demands that the writer put aside artfulness to render a bare-bones account of something wonderful. This is one of those instances where the writer has had the good sense to stand aside and make way for that insight.”
Chang Hyeon’s winning story will be featured in our 2018 edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.
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