Han Glassman was born in Korea and grew up under the Japanese occupation, where she was forced to speak Japanese or be beaten, and suffered from starvation. As a result of the Second World War and the Korean War, she lost her two elder sisters and her entire college class. In America, she met a Romanian Jew named Frederic, a Holocaust survivor and refugee from Communism who shared her love of music and literature. Their wartime experiences and their commitment to family and education held them together through a difficult immigrant experience. Though she lost him recently, Han and Frederic raised two daughters and had three grandchildren named after their beloved father and grandfather. Han also has a daughter in Korea and two grandchildren there. She writes in English so that people in the West can understand what happened in Asia during these wars.