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Racial Conflict in the United States of America: A Deconstructive Perspective on Native Speaker by Changrae Lee
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Written about the time of the Golden Venture incident, Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker makes a particular reference to that incident, whereby implying that particular immigrants, on the grounds of their racial identities, are mistreated and considered as aliens by some Americas. While some whites discriminate against immigrants, there is widespread ethnic tension between Korean Americans and African Americans. Significantly, racial conflict between Koreans and blacks and the racist attitude of some whites toward immigrants are mirrored in the relationship between the Korean-American protagonist Henry and his American wife Lelia. That is, due to their different racial identities they do not understand each other and they always argue. However, toward the end of the novel, Henry and Lelia come to understand each other. While ethnic conflict between Koreans and blacks and certain whites’ discriminatory attitudes toward immigrants is serious one, the novel suggests the unimportance of racial identity. In other words, the novel concludes that there is no discriminatory treatment of immigrants and, in fact, every one is a native Speaker in America. In the novel there is no message of how racial conflict could be resolved. However, this essay suggests that by investigating how the tension between Henry and Lelia is resolved, one could suggest a solution for the ethnicity problem in America and in real life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2010. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Racial conflict, mistreatment of immigrants, Deconstruction, Korean Americans and African Americans
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4956OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4956DiVA: diva2:518937
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-09-16 Created: 2010-09-16 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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