The author Min Jin Lee RI '19 asks, "Who are the modern Koreans, and what do they care about?" To answer this enormously complex question, Lee explores the will of Koreans to survive and flourish as global citizens, their enduring faith in education, and the costs of such a quest and what it may mean to the larger world they seek to engage. She explains that when she's writing, she isn't just writing about Koreans, education, or the diaspora—she's writing about humans.
Min Jin Lee (7:21), 2018–2019 Catherine A. and Mary C. Gellert Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and New York Times best-selling author, Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing, 2017) and Free Food for Millionaires (Grand Central Publishing, 2007)
Introduced by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Jeannie Suk Gersen (46:41), John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
This is the 2018–2019 Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities.