Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
In Native Speaker, author Chang-rae Lee introduces readers to Henry Park. Park has spent his entire life trying to become a true American—a native speaker. But even as the essence of his adopted country continues to elude him, his Korean heritage seems to drift further and further away.
Parks harsh Korean upbringing has taught him to hide his emotions, to remember everything he learns, and most of all to feel an overwhelming sense of alienation. In other words, it has shaped him as a natural spy.
But the very attributes that help him to excel in his profession put a strain on his marriage to his American wife and stand in the way of his coming to terms with his young sons death. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, his very identity is tested, and he must figure out who he is amid not only the conflicts within himself but also within the ethnic and political tensions of the New York City streets.
Native Speaker is a story of cultural alienation. It is about fathers and sons, about the desire to connect with the world rather than stand apart from it, about loyalty and betrayal, about the alien in all of us and who we finally are.
We The Kings - What I Wouldnt Give Lyrics
Kids , Motherhood. This time when you can be so difficult, so stubbornly independent, so defiant in your exploration of life. But other times, like tonight, when I stand at the doorway to your room watching you sleep, all I can think is:. To ensure that your heart remained whole; never missing a beat and never shattering. This article originally appeared on Etched in Home with Casey Huff. To the Tired Mom in the Middle of the Night. Want more stories of love, family, and faith from the heart of every home, delivered straight to you?
You have Successfully Subscribed!
Leave the radio on Just to hear a voice other than mine 'Cause I can't bear to hear The cold truth running through my mind. What I wouldn't give just to go back when You were in my life, I'd do it right this time What I didn't do is give my whole heart to you And that's why you're gone, I know I was wrong And I'll never hold you again 'cause of what I wouldn't give. It kills me to think How much you tried to make things work I wouldn't listen to you All I would do is put myself first. I took you for granted And I pushed you away a little more each day Somewhere inside this hell I have seen my mistakes, oh, but now it's too late. What I wouldn't give just to go back when You were in life, I'd do it right this time What I didn't do is give my whole heart to you And that's why you're gone, I know I was wrong And I'll never hold you again 'cause of what I wouldn't give. What I didn't do is give my whole heart to you And that's why you're gone, I know was wrong And I'll never hold you again 'cause of what I wouldn't give 'Cause of what I wouldn't give.