Lecture by Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko
Department: Center for Critical Korean StudiesDate and Time: October 18, 2018 | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Event Location: Crystal Cove Auditorium
“Luminous…a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. This story confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists.”
–Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her
PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.
So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
Sponsored by Illuminations, the Center for Critical Korean Studies, the Department of Asian American Studies, and the Department of English.