Press Release: The Accidental Citizen-Soldier, a memoir of an American who served in the Korean Army

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 2/28/2015

Contact: Young Chun, +82-10-XXXX-XXXX, youngssn@hotmail.com

The Accidental Citizen-Soldier, a memoir of an American who served in the Korean Army

The Accidental Citizen-Soldier—the memoir of Young Chun, an American who traveled to South Korea to teach English, only to be barred from leaving the country and forced to serve in the Korean Army—is available for purchase on Amazon.com. When he came to Korea at the end of 2002, Chun knew very little of the language and practically nothing of the Army culture, but he somehow managed to come out the other end of the two years relatively unscathed. The two years took him from the Korean countryside to Second Army HQ to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and back again.

“I stare at the little holes in the plastered tiles in the ceiling, little black stars in a scummy, off-white sky, and the thought that echoes throughout the chaos of my mind is one: What the hell am I doing here?” The question haunted Chun nightly as he struggled to cope in as hostile and foreign an environment as can be imagined. It was only until he found himself on deployment in Afghanistan as an American serving as a Korean soldier on an American air base in Central Asia that he could come to terms with his fate and determine to thrive within the system.

His story received media coverage in both the Korean and American press at the time, and he unfortunately had to turn down an offer to be interviewed by the late Peter Jennings on threat of military prison. Following his discharge in 2006, Chun set out to put down his experience on paper, and The Accidental Citizen-Soldier is a result of his efforts.

The book can be purchased as a Kindle edition or print paperback on Amazon.com. Readers can also find out more about the author and the book at his blog, youngjinchun.wordpress.com.

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