S4 E4: We Are All “Minari”


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Korean American director Lee Issac Chung’s semi-autobiographical film “Minari” is one of those films that make you think back to it days after watching. The film tells the story about a Korean-American family seeking the American dream in rural Arkansas in the 1980s.
"Minari" is a tender and nuanced film that leaves you feeling nostalgic and reflective. And although it’s a highly specific story about a Korean American family, hosts Juan, Ina and Afra talk about finding lots of parallels in our own migration stories.
Our special guest for this episode is Eileen Chow, Duke University Visiting Associate Professor of Chinese and Japanese Cultural Studies and Co-director of the Duke Story Lab.



Afra (@afrazhaowang

Ina (@capfainina0328



  • Mother tongue, accents and the language of people caught in-between cultures
  • Moving the cultural discussion beyond “authenticity” and representation
  • The justified anger of female characters in “Minari”
  • How Korean is this story
  • The cinematic language of “Minari” and why it reminds us of Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • Forgotten history of Asian American farmers in the U.S.
  • The spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans

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