Literary Birthday – 11 July – Min Jin Lee

Happy Birthday, Min Jin Lee, born 11 July 1968.


  1. Living every day in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage.
  2. I was told many times that my writing was either too Korean – or not Korean enough.
  3. Patriotism is just an idea, so is capitalism or communism. But ideas can make men forget their own interests. And the guys in charge will exploit men who believe in ideas too much.
  4. The 19th century social novel is my favourite genre so although it was enormously challenging for me, it made sense to try to write one.
  5. I am fascinated by communities, small and large, and individuals in them. I am curious about how we individuals work within communities and without them so it felt very natural to me to pursue this old-school style of writing which allowed for questions, observations and experiments.
  6. As a writer, I remain more interested in all the characters rather than one character.

Min Jin Lee is a Korean American writer. She is the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko. She has received the NYFA Fellowship for Fiction, the Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for Best Story, and the Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writers.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th July 2018