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Exploring Identity Dynamics in Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko through different Paradigms: Marginality, Liminality, Alterity, Cultural Syncretism, Exilic Consciousness, and the Myth of Going Home

Journal: International Journal of English, Literature and Social Science (Vol.9, No. 3)

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Page : 395-402

Keywords : Marginality; Liminality; Alterity; Cultural Syncretism; Exilic Consciousness;

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This article researches the complex experiences of Koreans residing in Japan as depicted in Min Jin Lee's Pachinko. The analysis is divided into three parts each of which consisting of different paradigms: marginalization, liminality and alterity, cultural syncretism and exilic consciousness, and the myth of returning home. It shows how they remain marginalized despite the passage of time which indicates that their existence is liminal as they negotiate a dense cultural identity oscillating between Korean heritage and Japanese societal norms. The idea of alterity captures this constant estrangement from Japan. Further, this study delves into how characters in this novel adopt a hybrid culture mixing both Korean and Japanese traditions. Lastly, it explores the myth of coming back to Korea that affirms emotional attachment to an idealized homeland that is barely attainable. Pachinko is also unique because it uses generations for its story line thereby revealing the transforming face of Zainichi experience marked out by resilience, cultural negotiations and long-term effects caused by displacement.

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