Episode 2: Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Free Food for Millionaires centers on Casey Han, a Korean-American raised in Queens, NY. She's a disappointment to her parents, despite having graduated from Princeton, because she doesn't want to be a lawyer or a doctor and is dating a white man. It is also the story of her Sunday School friend, Ella, who does marry a nice Korean boy, but finds that life not what she expected, as well as the story of Casey's mom, Leah, a devout Christian who has spent the past fifteen years working in a dry cleaning store, and is torn between her daughter and her husband.
"I'm talking about gender and class and sexism and race," says author Min Jin Lee. "[But] my book is really about money."
Host Cyd Oppenheimer and guest readers Janna Wagner and Christine Kim talk about the ways this is very much a book of the '90s and the ways it transcends that; about the ending they wanted for Casey, and the one that Lee gave her; and about whether choosing art over affluence is a choice we're all entitled to make, or one that has to be earned.