Language, Cultural Identities, and Multiculturalism in Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker: A Sociological Perspective


  • Aminur Rashid IUBAT



Native Speaker, Chang-Rae Lee, Language, Diverse Cultures, Americanization, Crisis of Identity, Psychoanalysis


Deep into the novel, an inarticulate sense of unease in the psyche of Henry Park is explored being extremely disturbed, and an outcast. Trapped being in American-Korean identity, he has got his impression on his wife, Lilia beings ‘emotional alien’, ‘yellow peril: neo-American,’ ‘stranger/follower/traitor/spy’. In addition, she speaks of him being a ‘False speaker of Language’ because Henry looks listening to her attentively; following her executing language word by word like someone resembling a non-native speaker. In fact, the cultural differences between the Korean-American and the Native American bring tension around the ways the English language is used.


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How to Cite

Rashid, A. (2021). Language, Cultural Identities, and Multiculturalism in Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker: A Sociological Perspective. International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies , 2(1), 1-12.