Chang-rae Lee

American novelist. When he was three, Lee and his family left South Korea for the United States, settling in Westchester, New York. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1987 and spent a year as an equities analyst before pursuing his M.F.A. at the University of Oregon. Beginning with Native Speaker (1995), Lee's five novels all explore various aspects of identity— race, ethnicity, and "Americanness." A Gesture Life (1999) focuses on a Japanese American former medic who recalls treating "comfort women"—Korean women forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers in World War II. The Surrendered (2011), set in the Korean War, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Lee's most recent novel, On Such a Full Sea (2014), features a Chinese American fish farmer living in a dystopian Baltimore—"B-Mor." See also newyorker.com/contributors/chang-rae-lee.