South China Morning Post: Profile

By Kate Whitehead

Min Jin Lee is having a good day in Hong Kong. It’s the Korean American writer’s birthday and she has just stepped off a flight from New York. She has the happy glow of someone who has been nominated for a top literary prize.

“The flight was 17 hours and I’ll be here less than 70 hours – half of them awake. I’m not even sure I’m awake now. I’m here to see my friends, attend the festival and eat egg tarts – they have the best egg tarts in Hong Kong,” Lee says on Saturday during a Hong Kong International Literary Festival event.

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