Born in 1938, Ty Pak lived through his country's liberation from Japan in 1945, its division under U.S. and Soviet occupation, and the trauma of the Korean War (1950-1953), during which his father died. After receiving his law degree at Seoul National University in 1961, Pak worked as a reporter for The English Dailies, The Korean Republic, and The Korea Times. In 1965, he immigrated to the U.S. and attended Bowling Green State University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1969. From 1970 to 1987, Pak taught in the English Department at the University of Hawaii, participating in many Korean American and Asian American literary events. In 1990 Pak was the Harvard/MIT KASCON speaker on Korean American literature. His publications include Guilt Payment (1983), Moonbay (1999), and Cry Korea Cry (1999).