”Where are you from?”
Jong Dae was born in South Korea in 1983. When he was nine months old he was adopted in Sweden and got the name Patrik Lundberg. When Patrik was given the opportunity to study in Korea everything changed. He was forced to conf ...
”Where are you from?”
Jong Dae was born in South Korea in 1983. When he was nine months old he was adopted in Sweden and got the name Patrik Lundberg. When Patrik was given the opportunity to study in Korea everything changed. He was forced to confronting both his own and other people’s prejudice as well as the truth about his biological family.
Yellow on the Outside is a story about alienation and belonging. About what it’s like to not feel at home anywhere. It is also a life changing journey and a search… for roots, for ancestry and for biological belonging.
Patrik Lundberg works as a journalist at Helsingborg’s Dagblad and has made himself known in the adoption debate. Adopted from Korea, he grew up in a dysfunctional family in the south of Sweden and made a life-changing trip to find his Korean roots. Here he was forced to confront the prejudice others had had about him – in Korea he suddenly became Mr. Awesome, the westerner whom all the girls wanted. He also discovered that he could beat up other guys since he was of average (Korean) height. His story is an engaging page-turner about alienation and identity.
”The search for identity must be one of young adult novels’ absolutely most common themes. Nonetheless, Patrik Lundberg’s debut novel, Yellow on the Outside, is a unique pearl. Because Lundberg, who ordinarily works as a journalist on Helsingborgs Dagblad, takes questions about identity to the extreme.”
David Anthin, Svenska Dagbladet
“Patrik Lundberg’s story is strong. With sorrow, pain and existential questions, and it is always real. But Lundberg has something beyond a strong story. He has his own language, in some spots perhaps a tad awkward, but more often personal: as though he whispers his story in the reader’s ear. I am hoping for more books by Patrik Lundberg. He has important things to say and he knows how to say them.”
Ann Heberlein, Dagens Nyheter