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

Lee was born in Koreamarker in 1965. He emigrated to the United Statesmarker with his family when he was 3 years old. Raised in Westchester, New Yorkmarker, Lee attended Phillips Exeter Academymarker in Exeter, New Hampshiremarker. He graduated from Yale Universitymarker with a degree in English and from the University of Oregonmarker with a MFA in writing. He worked as a Wall Streetmarker financial analyst for a year before turning to writing full time. Lee teaches writing at Princeton Universitymarker, 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 Koreanmarker 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 upcoming novel is called 'The Surrendered'.

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