Freedom Without Justice: The Prison Memoirs of Chol Soo Lee

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University of Hawaii Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Chol Soo Lee (Author) Chol Soo Lee, born in South Korea, died in San Francisco in December 2014 at the age of sixty-two.Richard S. Kim (Editor) Richard S. Kim is associate professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Davis.


Chol Soo Lee has written a remarkable book, one with both popular appeal and scholarly importance. The book is both an eloquent chronicle of the author's conviction and incarceration for a crime he did not commit, a searing description of how prisons produce the non-normativity they purport to punish and prevent, and a recollection of an important chapter in the history of the Asian American movement.--George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara "Library Journal"
This thought-provoking memoir compels readers to grapple with the reality that falsely convicted individuals are forced into a prison system that is designed to dehumanize and break men of their will, and where racially motivated gang warfare thrives. The contrast between Lee's treatment in prison and the dedicated support from strangers to seek a retrial and overturn his conviction represent both the worst and best of humanity. . . . This personal telling will appeal to a wide audience, including those interested in issues of race and society, criminal justice, and the treatment of immigrants.-- "Library Journal"