Erasure in Change-Rae Lee’s “A Gesture Life”

Chang-rae Lee’s A Gesture Life tells the story of a man of slippery character. Known by his neighbors as “Doc,” Franklin Hata is a friendly face around town, always maintaining a respectful, purposeful distance. He assimilates with the people of Bedley Run quietly and gracefully, but his peers can tell that there is more to … Read moreErasure in Change-Rae Lee’s “A Gesture Life”

Exploring the Reality of Being an Asian Immigrant

The accusation that the character “Doc” Franklin Hata lives “a gesture life” gives title to Chang-rae Lee’s novel about the Asian-immigrant experience of displacement and identity when assimilating into American society. A Gesture Life explores the many layers of Asian-immigrants and their pursuit of the American dream, away from their very different lives back home, … Read moreExploring the Reality of Being an Asian Immigrant