Min Jin Lee could collect a National Book Award this week for her acclaimed novel Pachinko.

Min Jin Lee, in Hong Kong, talks about her hit novel Pachinko, learning from wise people, and yearning for Korean recognition

Korean American recalls growing up speechless and confused in New York, and says how hurt she’s been that Koreans haven’t embraced her work, and why we shouldn’t be so fascinated with young people, who ‘just have smoother skin’

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Min Jin Lee could collect a National Book Award this week for her acclaimed novel Pachinko.
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Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a freelance journalist who worked on staff at the SCMP before editing Discovery magazine. She is the author of two Hong Kong crime books - After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders - and fully intends that the next book she writes will be less grizzly.