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

Aminur Rashid
International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies , Volume 2, pp 1-12; doi:10.47631/ijecls.v2i1.164

Abstract: 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.
Keywords: word / language / cultural / Extremely / Native Speaker / lee / bring / stranger/follower/traitor/spy

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