Chang-rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee made his mark on the literary scene when he was 29 years old, with the novel “Native Speaker” about a Korean-American spy. His Korean roots and his immigrant parents’ struggle for assimilation continue to play a role in his work. The Princeton creative writing professor talks about his writing, and his new dystopian novel, “On Such a Full Sea.”

Writer Chang-rae Lee on Asian Identities, Assimilation and a Dystopian Future 13 January,2014forum

  • Fyza Parviz

    Who are Mr. Chang’s influences as a writer and why did he decide to write a dystopian novel?

  • Fyza Parviz

    How difficult was it for Mr. Chang to write from the point of view of a female. Is this a new trend with male writers,With Dave Eggers Circle novel’s protagonist also a woman.

  • Stellaa

    Why is melodrama diminished as a genre? It was very powerful in telling of human suffering. Yet, our lives are melodramatic, they are not heroic nor romantic.

  • Fay Nissenbaum

    on finding your voice, I am reminded of Charles Bukowski who said, people think all he does is drink, when in fact he was a very disciplined writer who wrote for hours every single day. So you dont find your voice like a lotto ticket – you put your nose to the grindstone because writing is hard work and many folks attracted to writing are lightweights who avoid work.

  • Rand

    If a person speaks of a dystopian future based on an advanced understanding of present day politics and history, as someone like Alex Jones does, they are mocked as a conspiracy theorist. Most people have almost no knowledge of political facts or history beyond headlines and best sellers.

    But if a person writes a book about a dystopian future based largely on imagination, because people like to read scary stories, that person is praised.

  • Jeshua Enriquez

    Here’s a thoughtful review of “On Such A Full Sea” with a focus on its Hero’s Journey and what it says about our own America:

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