Krys Lee was born in Seoul in The Republic of Korea and raised in England and the United States. Her debut collection of short stories Drifting House (2012) is drawing great praise from all over the world, with the exception of North Korea where I suspect being caught with a copy would get you in very serious trouble..
I posted last year on the title story in her collection, "Drifting Home". I was very happy to find a new story by Lee in a recent issue of Guernica. Lee focuses on Koreans. Some of her stories are about life in North Korea, some in Seoul, and some deal with first and second generation Korean immigrants to the USA.
"Girl on a Leash" has three main characters, a married couple. The father mops the floors at an American college at night. He graduated from the University of Seoul, he resents the barbarians, as he and his wife call Americans. They save to open a laundry.
They also have a late teenage daughter. They keep her,not sure if we are to take this literarily or metaphorically, on a leash.
"She had always been latched to a leash. Had grown up with a handsome pink leather collar encircling her neck, a leather strap holding her at rigid attention. Everywhere she walked, her father and mother trailed behind, slackening or tightening it.