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"Asian Americans Have Always Lived With Fear," The New York Times, March 2022.

"A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World," The New York Times, April 2021.

"Our bodies carry history, culture and hope" (on Kamala Harris), Politico, November 2020.

"What I Want the Woman Behind the Counter to Know," The New York Times, May 2020.

"Stonehenge," The New Yorker, June 2019.


"Breaking My Own Silence," The New York Times, May 2019.

"In Praise of bell hooks," The New York Times, February 2019.

"After the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Healing the Deepest Fracture," The New Yorker, February 2018.

"North good, South bad? Time to shed the Korea stereotypes," The Guardian, February 2018.

"Love in the New World," Literary Hub, November 2017.

"On Selling Your First Novel After 11 Years," Literary Hub, January 2017.

"What We Women Talk About When We Talk About Interracial Love," The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time, ed. by Geraldine Pratt and Victoria Rosner, May 2012.

"Low Tide," The New York Times Magazine, February 2012.

"Up Front: After the Earthquake," Vogue, April 2011.

"Reticence and Fieldwork," Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex, ed. by Erica Jong, June 2011.

Travel + Leisure, November 2010.

“왜 한국 아이는 게임 중독, 성형 중독일까 [Why Are Korean Children Addicted to Games and Plastic Surgery?]," Chosun Ilbo, June 2010. 

 “‘한국 청년들, 지금 그대로도 충분히 멋지다’ [‘Korean Young People Are Cool Enough as They Are Now’],” Chosun Ilbo, May 2010.

“번역된 한국 문학 그 놀라운 힘 [The Amazing Power of Translated Korean Literature],” Chosun Ilbo, April 2010.

“한국 브랜드엔 충성할 미국인 있나 [Are There Any Americans Who Will Be Loyal to Korean Brands?]," Chosun Ilbo, March 2010. 

“'좀 더 잘 실패해보는' 새해를 [A New Year of 'Failing a Little Better']," Chosun Ilbo, January 2010.  

"My Korean New Year," The Wall Street Journal, January 2010. 

“승리하는 팀 [The Winning Team]," Chosun Ilbo, December 2009.

“왜 한국인은 자살률이 높은가 [Why Koreans Have a High Suicide Rate]," Chosun Ilbo, November 2009. 

“‘사는 게 행복한가요?" [‘Are You Happy?']," Chosun Ilbo, October 2009. 

“진짜 교육 [The Real Education]," Chosun Ilbo, September 2009. 

“파리의 마레 지구에서 생긴 일 [What Happened in the Marais District of Paris]," Chosun Ilbo, August 2009. 

“아무도 말하지 않는 진짜 이유 [The Real Reason That Nobody Tells You]," Chosun Ilbo, July 2009. 

“126년 묵은 사랑의 빚 88달러 [88 Dollars Debt of Affection That Lasted for 126 Years],” Chosun Ilbo, June 2009. 

“어버이날, 나는 어떤 부모인가 생각한다 [Mother's Day, I Think of What Kind of Parent I Am]," Chosun Ilbo, May 2009. 

 “100번이나 불합격 통지를 받은 당신에게 [To Those Who Have Been Rejected 100 Times]," Chosun Ilbo, April 2009.

"Reading the World," Travel + Leisure, April 2009.

“질투와 자부심 [Jealousy and Pride]," Chosun Ilbo, March 2009. 

"Like Family," One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Polyamory, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love, ed. by Rebecca Walker, February 2009.

“차라리 대한민국을 성형하라 [Get South Korea Plastic Surgery]," Chosun Ilbo, February 2009. 

“‘왜 변호사를 그만두셨어요?" [Why Did You Quit Being a Lawyer?]," Chosun Ilbo, November 2008.

"Why Star Chefs Revere Meiji Yamamoto," Food & Wine, September 2008.

Essay in Why I'm A Democrat, ed. by Susan Mulcahy, July 2008.

"Weighing In," Vogue, April 2008.

"Crowning Glory," Vogue, November 2007.

On Free Food for MillionairesThe Page 99 Test, July 2007.

"Book Notes – Free Food for Millionaires," Largehearted Boy, June 2007.

"Biblical Illiteracy or Reading the Bestseller," ABC News, June 2007.

"Will," Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers, ed. by Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender, May 2001.

"Pushing Away the Plate," To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminismed. by Rebecca Walker, October 1995.



"'Eyesight Compromised. Could Go Blind,'" (Review of Frank Bruni's The Beauty of Dusk), The New York Times, February 2022.

"The Imperfect and Sublime 'Gatsby,'" The New York Review of Books, January 2021.

"Korean Souls" (Review of Han Kang's Human Acts), The New York Review of Books, July 2018.

"Was It the Perfect Crime or a Paranoid Fantasy?" (Review of Junichiro Tanizaki's In Black and White), The New York Times Book Review, February 2018.

"Fictions of North Korea," The Times Literary Supplement, May 2017.

"Work-Life Balance Suffers (Even) in Victorian England" (Review of Sarah Moss's Signs for Lost Children), The New York Times, April 2017.

Review: Toni Morrison's HomeThe Times of London, April 2012.

Review: March Was Made of Yarn, ed. by David Karashima and Elmer LukeThe Times of London, March 2012.

Review: Cynthia Ozick's Foreign BodiesThe Times of London, June 2011.

"My favorite book of 2010": Austin Wright's Tony & SusanThe Times of London, May 2010. 

"Money as An American Character and the Legacy of Permission: Or How Mark Twain Taught Me That It Was Okay to Talk About Money," The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works, ed. by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, March 2010.

Review: Susie Orbach's BodiesThe Times of London, January 2009.

Review: Jodi Picoult's Wonder Woman: Love and Murder, The Times of London, January 2008.

"Sex, Debt, and Revenge: Balzac's Cousin Bette," B&N Reads, December 2007.



"The Best Girls," Amazon Original Stories, Disorder Series, June 2019.

"Motherland," The Missouri Review, December 2017 (reissued from Spring 2002).

Excerpt from PachinkoLiterary Hub, February 2017.

"The Quality of Your Life," One Story, November 2016.

Excerpt from Free Food for Millionaires, Narrative, Fall 2010.

"In Common," Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer, ed. by Robert Swartwood, November 2010.

Excerpt from Free Food for Millionaires,The New York Times, July 2007.

Excerpt from Free Food for Millionaires, USA Today, April 2007.

"Axis of Happiness," Narrative, Fall 2003.


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