Wednesdays, January 8-February 19,2020 (no meeting January 15)
6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions)
Guide: Hannah Kim
This seminar is offered exclusively for people of color.
Seminar participants will receive one complimentary admission to Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures event with Min Jin Lee on January 15.
“We cannot help but be interested in the stories of people that history pushes aside so thoughtlessly.”
― Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Whether it’s the children of immigrants living in America or Korean immigrants in 20th century Japan, Min Jin Lee’s characters are people whose stories have not been heard enough. Through Lee’s two epics, Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, we will explore these tossed aside narratives. Though they take place in completely different countries and historical eras, we will compare their common themes of family and tradition as well as the question of what it means to be part of a nation. In addition, we’ll investigate the effects of immigration on selfhood and how racism and sexism affect one’s search for identity—in particular, the identity of womanhood and one character’s belief that “a woman’s lot is to suffer.”
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Before the first meeting, participants should read Book 1 of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Hannah Kim is a writer, storyteller, and improv comedian. She is interested in radical intersectional feminism and how it relates to anti-capitalism and reclamation of the divine feminine. She is also passionate about increasing representation and visibility in the media and art spaces.