Janice Y. K. Lee, Expatriate at Home

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In a review of Janice Y. K. Lee’s newest novel, “The Expatriates,” the Times described the novelist as “a female, funny Henry James in Asia.” Lee’s book follows the lives of a group of well-heeled American mothers who have relocated to Hong Kong for their husbands’ work. Lee grew up in Hong Kong herself before moving to the United States. She returned to the island as an adult only to feel like an expatriate in her home country. She spoke with the New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan, a native of mainland China who grew up admiring the fabulous wealth and glamour of Hong Kong.