Memory, Hope, and Transnational Identities: Pachinko Book Discussion

5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021
6:45 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Contact Name:
Yoona Lee
Celebrate Asian and Pacific American Heritage month by honoring stories of Asian immigrant women who showed strength and resiliency against colonialism, occupation, and displacement. While this has been the narrative of millions of Asian immigrant families, seldom have stories told in the mainstream centered the voices and sacrifices of the women who held it all together. Join us for this special discussion of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, led by two BU faculty. Associate Professor Thomas Berger will kick off the discussion with an overview of the complex history and current political significance of complex Korea-Japan relations, as well as the role of the United States under the Biden administration. Associate Professor Yoon Sun Yang will then offer a classroom-style discussion of the book’s themes of language, memory, and power, followed by a chance to continue the discussion with your fellow Terriers in breakout rooms. Pachinko was selected as one of the New York Times’ 10 Best of 2017 and a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. It has recently been adapted by Apple TV+. About the book: “Lee’s stunning novel, her second, chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the years before World War II to the late 1980s. Exploring central concerns of identity, homeland and belonging, the book announces its ambitions right from the opening sentence: “History has failed us, but no matter.” Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen.” The New York Times Book Review (2017)