Leonard Chang. Crossings (2009) 315 pp.
Publishers description: An unflinching look at the lives of Korean immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area, centering on Sam, a widower who finds himself deep in debt with a local gangster, and Unha, an illegal immigrant working in a nightclub. Intertwined with these stories are the characters who touch their lives—family members, other immigrants—all of which together form a portrait of a community struggling to better itself. When Unha rebels against the stringent demands placed upon her, she is kidnapped and trafficked into prostitution, and Sam is determined to save her.
Setting: San Francisco