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Chang-rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee
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Artist
CYJO (Ciny Hwang), born 13 Jun 1974
Sitter
Chang-rae Lee, born 29 Jul 1965
Date
November 28, 2006 (printed April 1, 2014)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 41.9 × 28 cm (16 1/2 × 11")
Sheet: 48.3 × 32.9 cm (19 × 12 15/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Topic
Chang-rae Lee: Male
Chang-rae Lee: Education\Educator\Professor
Chang-rae Lee: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of SungEun Han-Anderson
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© 2006 CYJO
Object number
C/NPG.2015.34
Exhibition Label
Born Seoul, South Korea
A Korean American novelist and professor of English at Princeton University, Chang-rae Lee immigrated to the United States with his family when he was three years old. Language interested him from an early age; he often translated for his Korean-speaking mother. He was inspired by his father, a doctor, who upon their arrival in the United States decided to specialize in psychiatry, a profession requiring excellent English. Lee himself earned a BA in English from Yale and an MFA from the University of Oregon. He began to teach writing while working on his first novel, Native Speaker, published in 1995. The protagonist, a young Korean American man, deals with issues of cultural identity, assimilation, and displacement. Although many of his five novels have dealt with Korean culture, Lee is quick to note that his books are not autobiographical. His 2014 novel, On Such a Full Sea, takes place in a dystopian America.
Chang-rae Lee nacido en 1965
Nacido en Seúl, Corea del Sur
El coreano-americano Chang-rae Lee es novelista y profesor de inglés en la Universidad de Princeton. Inmigró a Estados Unidos con su familia a los tres años de edad. El lenguaje le interesó desde temprano; a menudo traducía lo que decía en coreano su mamá. En esto influyó su padre, un médico que a su llegada a Estados Unidos decidió especializarse en psiquiatría, profesión que requiere un dominio excelente del inglés. Lee cursó un grado en artes con concentración en inglés en Yale y una maestría en bellas artes en la Universidad de Oregón. Comenzó a enseñar escritura mientras trabajaba en su primera novela, Native Speaker, publicada en 1995. El protagonista, un joven coreano-americano, lucha con situaciones de identidad cultural, asimilación y desplazamiento. Aunque varias de sus cinco novelas tratan sobre la cultural coreana, Lee se apresura a afirmar que sus libros no son autobiográficos. Su novela de 2014, On Such a Full Sea, se desarrolla en Estados Unidos, en un futuro distópico.
CYJO (nacida en 1974)
Impresión con pigmento, 2006 (impresa en 2014)
Adquisición gracias a la generosidad de SungEun Han-Andersen
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery