Chang-Rae Lee Essays
Manipulation of the Spy Novel in Chang-Rae Lee's Native Speaker College
Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker describes the difficult and oftentimes discouraging assimilation of a young Korean American, Henry Park. Throughout the novel, Henry struggles to find his true self in either Korean or American culture. His effort to...
“Necessary Fictions”: Negotiating Identity Through Storytelling in Chang-Rae Lee's Native Speaker College
In Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee, Luzan asks Henry, "Who, my young friend, have you been all your life?” (205). It is through the narrative form that Luzan is able to see beyond Henry's words. Luzan urges Henry “to take up story-forms” (206),...
The Relinquishing of Roots College
Does assimilation into American culture occur easily for immigrants or individuals with foreign-born parents? As the characters in Chang Rae Lee’s novel, Native Speaker, demonstrate, adjusting to the Western world comes with great difficulty and...