Pachinko (HS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is an awesome and epic book that we will read, discuss, and write about. This is a class for high school students who want to read incredible narrative fiction, engage in multiple avenues of literary analysis, and learn about the turbulent histories of Korea and Japan. 

This class requires about 40 pages of reading per week, some of which we will do together in class. You will write a final analytical essay as well as some writing prompts and projects throughout the term. The school will provide a book for each of you and an ebook if needed.

Here’s a summary of the story from Lee’s website:

A saga about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from their home.

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 all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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