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Stanford Bookstore Meet the Author: Min Jin Lee in Conversation with Prof. Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Join us for a book event with Stanford parent Min Jin Lee, in conversation with Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Professor of English and Director of American Studies.
Profoundly moving and gracefully told, "PACHINKO" follows one Korean family through
the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of
a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed
by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister
offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.
So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.