ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Monday 9 August 2021
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Published in 2017, Pachinko, the second novel by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, is an epic historical novel following a Korean family who eventually immigrates to Japan. The character-driven tale features a large ensemble of characters who become subjected to issues of racism and stereotypes, among other events with historical origins in the 20th-century Korean experiences with Japan. Pachinko received several awards and was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2017. In 2019, Apple ordered to series a television adaptation of Pachinko, and President Barack Obama selected Pachinko for his recommended reading list, calling it, “a powerful story about resilience and compassion.”
Min Jin Lee (born 1968) is a Korean American writer whose work frequently deals with Korean American topics. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to New York with her family in 1976 when she was seven years old. She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time. Lee published her debut novel Free Food for Millionaires in 2007 and from 2007 to 2011, lived in Tokyo where she researched and wrote Pachinko.
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