Listen: Patricia Park '03 Reads from Her Acclaimed Debut Novel
Earlier this semester, Patricia Park '03 returned to Swarthmore to read from her debut novel Re Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre set in New York City and Seoul. She discusses growing up as a Korean-American in Queens, N.Y., and the cognitive dissonance she experienced in reconciling where she came from and what she was becoming while she was a student at Swarthmore. In Re Jane, she "lovingly satirizes" her experience.
Park, who graduated from Swarthmore in 2003 with an Honors English literature major and psychology minor, completed her M.F.A. at Boston University. In 2009, she was awarded a Fulbright, which she used to travel to Korea to do research for her novel. Park has taught writing at Boston University, Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, and CUNY Queens College. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Daily Beast, Slice Magazine, and others and she has appeared on MSNBC's The Book Report, NPR's Here and Now, WNYC's Brian Lehrer, and CBS Radio.