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Chang-Rae Lee
Hangul 이창래
Hanja 李昌來
Revised Romanization I Chang-rae
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'ang-rae
Chang-rae Lee
Born July 29, 1965
Korea
Occupation novelist
Nationality USA (naturalized)
Notable work(s) Native Speaker; Aloft
Notable award(s) PEN/Hemingway Award

Chang-rae Lee (born July 29, 1965) is a first-generation Korean American novelist.

Lee was born in Korea in 1965. He emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. Raised in Westchester, New York, Lee attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in English and from the University of Oregon with a MFA in writing. He worked as a Wall Street financial analyst for a year before turning to writing full time. Lee teaches writing at Princeton University, where he has served as the director of Princeton's Program in Creative Writing.

His first novel, Native Speaker (1995), won the PEN/Hemingway Award and centers around a Korean American industrial spy. The novel explores themes of alienation and betrayal as felt or perpetrated by immigrants and first-generation citizens, and played out in local politics. In 1999, he published his second novel, A Gesture Life. This elaborated on his themes of identity and assimilation through the narrative of an elderly Japanese-American who remembers treating Korean comfort women during World War II. His 2004 novel Aloft received mixed notices from the critics and featured Lee's first protagonist who is not Asian American, but a disengaged and isolated Italian-American suburbanite forced to deal with his world.

His most recent novel is The Surrendered (2010).

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