Representing South Korea’s Others
Krys Lee + Choi Eunyoung + Laura Jean McKay
The Parlour, slq
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Duration: 60 minutes
Korean social life continues to be influenced by cultural practices that distinguish insiders and outsiders. What do writers seek to achieve by depicting the experiences of people deemed outsiders? The totalising western worldview often fails to comprehend the nuances of social life in other countries. These writers discuss the complex social hierarchies of South Korea and the capacity of the written word to illuminate what it’s like to live on the margins. Curated by Sung-Ae Lee.
Krys Lee is the author of the story collection Drifting House and the novel How I Became a North Korean, and the translator of the novel I Hear Your Voice and the story collection Diary of a Murderer by Young-ha Kim. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, a Granta New Voices pick, and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the BBC International Story Prize. She teaches creative writing at Yonsei University, Underwood International College, in Seoul.
Choi Eunyoung began her literary career in 2013 when her short story “Shoko’s Smile” was selected for the quarterly literary magazine Writer’s Word’s New Writer’s Award. She subsequently expanded “Shoko’s Smile” into a best-selling short story collection under the same title. She received the 5th Munhakdongne Young Writer’s Award in 2014. She has also authored the short story collection Someone Harmless to Me and a novel Bright Night.
Laura Jean McKay
Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020) — winner of The Arthur C. Clarke Award, The Victorian Prize for Literature, the ABIA Small Publishers Adult Book of the Year and co-winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Laura is also the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc., 2013). Her forthcoming collection is Gunflower (Scribe, 2023).