the night Janie waits for her sister Hannah to be born, her grandmother tells
her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a
daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As
time passes, Janie hears more stories, while facts remain unspoken. Her father
tells tales about numbers, and in his stories everything works out. In her
mother's, deer explode in fields, frogs bury their loved ones in the ocean, and
girls jump from cliffs and fall like flowers into the sea. Within all these
stories are warnings.
later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on
a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family's
silence. To do so, she must confront their history, the reason for her parents'
sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and ultimately her conflicted
feelings toward her sister and her own role in the betrayal behind their
Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce
exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and
freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one