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Min Jin Lee

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Min Jin Lee on casual racism and finding truth

The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times

Today, a crossover episode with our L.A. Times cousin podcast “Asian Enough.” Hosts Tracy Brown and Jen Yamato interview novelist Min Jin Lee about leaving her legal career to write books, expressing Asian pride at a time of hate crimes, dealing with people whose stances you dislike, and working to change the world five minutes at a time.The author also blows the hosts’ minds with her perspective on dealing with the pain of casual racism. “Min Jin, you’re giving me, like, a lifetime of therapy here.”More reading:Welcome to ‘Asian Enough,’ Season 2Violence has Asian Americans questioning how far they have really come in their American journeyHigh School Insider column: Exploring my Korean identity — A follow-up to Min Jin Lee’s ‘Pachinko’Op-ed: Coronavirus reminds Asian Americans that our belonging is conditional


27 Sep 2021

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Poured Over

Love it or hate it (and there really seems to be no middle ground), The Great Gatsby still speaks volumes about us, our society, and the American Dream. Min Jin Lee, the acclaimed author of Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires, has a written an introduction for this classic, and she joins us on the show to talk about Fitzgerald’s characters, what the novel means to her, and more. Featured books: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, with an introduction by Min Jin Lee, and Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee. Produced/hosted by Miwa Messer, sound mix by Emily Hiott.   Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays.


31 Aug 2021

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Min Jin Lee on the history of Korean families in Japan (from 2017).

Lit Up

For the next couple weeks, we’re going into the archives to give you some of our most requested episodes. This week, Angie talks with National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee about her smash novel Pachinko. It’s a timely conversation about complicated history and the experience of people who are persecuted where they live and have no choice but to flee.Next we’ll be revisiting Angela’s conversation with the one-and-only Parker Posey! Please tell your book-loving friends and family all about Lit Up.


24 Aug 2021

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From the archives | Min Jin Lee on triumph

Anonymous Was A Woman Podcast

As we wait for Season 5 we are bringing back our highest rating episodes. This interview with Min Jin Lee was originally released on 15 June 2020. Min Jin joined Jamila and Astrid to discuss triumph in literature. The hero’s journey has shaped fiction since before we called it that. Is the heroine's journey different? Chapter 1: Min Jin Lee joins Jamila and Astrid from New York to discuss her novel Pachinko and explore the different ways her female characters experience success and triumph.  Chapter 2: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld. Chapter 3: Rising Strong by Brené Brown. Recommendations: Astrid recommends The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar and No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. For children, Jamila recommends We're All Wonders by R. J. Palacio. CHAT WITH US Join our discussion using hashtag #AnonymousWasAWomanPod and don't forget to follow Jamila (on Instagram and Twitter) and Astrid (also on Instagram and Twitter) to continue the conversation. This podcast is brought to you by Future Women. The podcast is produced by Bad Producer Productions.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


8 Aug 2021

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Min Jin Lee (Rebroadcast)

The Archive Project

In this episode of The Archive Project, novelist Min Jin Lee discusses her writing craft and inspiring personal journey to become a professional writer. With warm humor, Lee honestly opens up about her struggle to succeed—as a Korean-born American immigrant battling a life-threatening chronic illness—within the publishing industry, and details her perseverance in the face of countless rejection letters. A life-long reader and lover of books, Lee shines as she speaks of the necessity of the arts as a vehicle to empower those who are disempowered. “I had already failed for such a long time, but I still cared about writing something really beautiful. No matter who I was, and no matter the consequences, it was still within my power to write about the people who fascinated me.” “I am a great reader. It is that identity that I still cling to today.” Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds it as “beautiful… Lee’s sweeping four-generation saga of a Korean family is an extraordinary epic.” It was on over 75 best books of the year lists, and will be translated into 27 languages. Her debut novel, 2007’s Free Food for Millionaires, was also a national best seller as well as a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Lee is a recipient of fellowships in fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard.


5 Jul 2021

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068 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Book Club with Julia and Victoria

Julia and Victoria are joined by their friend Andy Park to discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and his family’s experiences as Korean American immigrants. Julia makes several K-Pop references.Become a Member! Follow Us on Instagram! or Join the Storygraph Challenge!Mentioned in the Episode:Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin LeeInterview with Min Jin Lee on Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcastEscaping North Korea by Mike KimFred Armisen learns he’s a quarter KoreanJohn Oliver AAPI episodeParts Unknown with Anthony Bordain S2: EP1Asian Boss youtube channelConcept of “Han”Recommendations:Pachinko miniseriesThe Imperial Cruise by James BradleyGo by Kazuki KaneshiroHomegoing by Yaa GyasiThe Neapolitan Novels by Elena FerranteMr. Sunshine on NetflixWhite Paper ProjectMinari 2020 filmCurrently Obsessed:Inside by Bo BurnhamThe Mitchells Vs. The Machines on NetflixTXT album FreezeAgatha Christie novelsArlo Parks album Collapsed in SunbeamsArlo Parks episode on Song Exploder podcastOne-Punch Man animeKim’s Convenience on Netflix


16 Jun 2021

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Min Jin Lee

Asian Enough

A conversation with “Pachinko” and “Free Food for Millionaires” author Min Jin Lee on quitting a legal career to write novels, how history has failed us and being “extra Asian” in the face of racism. Guest photo by Elena Seibert.


25 May 2021

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Episode QS42: Min Jin Lee + Jennifer Buehler (March 18, 2021)

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Novelist Min Jin Lee and scholar Jennifer Buehler, who both contributed writing to the new Penguin Classics edition of The Great Gatsby, explore Fitzgerald's iconic American novel on the occasion of the publication of the new edition.  Lee and Buehler discuss how their experience of Gatsby has evolved over time, the novel's deep-seated ethics and relation to American capitalism, queer readings of the text, and how the novel can give students permission to talk about race and sexuality in classroom discussions. (Recorded January 14, 2021)

1hr 2mins

18 Mar 2021

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Minari ft. Lee Isaac Chung and Min Jin lee

AAWW Radio: New Asian American Writers & Literature

We're celebrating the release of Lee Isaac Chung's critically acclaimed film Minari, a tender portrait of a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Today’s podcast features audio from our pre-release screening talkback with director Lee Isaac Chung and novelist Min Jin Lee.


17 Feb 2021

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Part 3

Buds, Books, & Booze

Episode 6: Zack, Bill, and Alex discuss Book 3 of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.  Pour yourself a glass and come along for the ride. Join us again in two weeks when we  introduce a new cohost to the podcast, Katie, and discuss the first twelve chapters of Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles! You can always find us on Twitter or Instagram @budsbooksbooze.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 34mins

28 Jul 2020