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Lee's first novel, NATIVE SPEAKER, was published by Penguin Putnam Inc., in 1995.

NATIVE SPEAKER
By Chang-rae Lee

Before she leaves at the beginning of the novel, Lelia, Henry Park's wife, gives him a list of words that define him.

You are surreptitious
B+ student of life
first thing hummer of Wagner and Strauss
illegal alien
emotional alien
genre bug
Yellow peril: neo-American
great in bed
overrated
poppa's boy
sentimentalist
anti-romantic
____ analyst (you fill in)
stranger
follower
traitor
spy
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THE NEW YORK TIMES article, "American Dream, No Illusions," discusses developments in contemporary immigrant literature. more
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Elements of the detective novel inform NATIVE SPEAKER, and other Korean American writers have found inspiration in the genre. more
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Chang-rae Lee
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President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Immigration Act, 1965 Image of Korean-Americans in front of a building with Korean and American flags
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