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Resources and Chapter Guide for “Contextualizing Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko”

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Editor’s Note: Please see Todd Munson’s teaching resources essay “Contextualizing Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko” from the winter 2019 issue of Education About Asia beginning on p. 54. Names and locations in the chapter outline use the Revised Romanization of Korean.

Suggested Resources and Chapter Guide for “Contextualizing Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko”

Abroad in Japan. “Japan’s Biggest Gaming Obsession Explained | Pachinko.” YouTube Video, 11:06. July 20, 2018.

Lie, John. “Zainichi: The Korean Diaspora in Japan.” Education About Asia 14, no. 2 (2009),

Lipman, Jonathan N. “Imperial Japan: 1894-1945.” About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource. Japan Society.

Moon, Rennie. “Koreans in Japan.” Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Stanford University / Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Fall 2010.

Newell, Charles. “Book Review Essay of Pachinko.” Education About Asia 23, no. 2 (2018): 68–69.

Pachinko Chapter Guide (New entries appear in bold the first time they appear)


Pachinkobook cover for pachinko by min jin lee

By Min Jin Lee

New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2017

496 pages, ISBN: 978-1455563937, Hardcover

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In this bestselling novel, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew. Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.



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