In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Ursuline was very pleased to host the award-winning author Patricia Park on May 30, 2023.
Professor Park captivated students by speaking candidly and humorously about her own young adult years and then reading an excerpt from her young adult novel, Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim. The novel recounts the struggles of a daughter of second-generation Korean Argentines who feels that she does not fit in either at her White high school or her multi-ethnic neighborhood. Students eagerly asked questions about the genre of young adult fiction, the inspiration for the novel, and ways to get over imposter syndrome.
Following the main speaking event, Professor Park met with students from our Writing Center and Between the Lines book club to speak more in depth about the craft of writing and themes from her recent book.
Ms. Park is a professor of creative writing at American University and a Fulbright Scholar. She has received numerous awards for her adult novel, Re Jane, a Korean American reimagining of Brontë's Jane Eyre. Her most recent publication, Imposter Syndrome, is her debut young adult novel that has garnered widespread acclaim. Her writing has also been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Guardian, and Salon.
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