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Duck-hee ShinNative Speaker is a great poetic accomplishment depicting the psychological pain of alienation in the lives of first-generation Korean-American immigrants. Lee expresses his outlook on life---shaped by his own feelings as a perpetual outsider in his adopted country---through depicting the fear of inadequacy with the dominant language and culture on the part of his characters. This fear of language deficiency is one of the keys to the character of Henry Park and to the overall characterization of immigrant life in Native Speaker. Much in the way as Lee sees himself not as a native speaker, Henry Park does not consider himself as a native speaker of English despite his perfect accent. Neither Lee nor his creation, Henry, thinks of himself as a native speaker because both of them are keenly conscious of their place as Korean Americans and their language in racially stratified American society. In this paper, through an analysis of Henry's struggles to deal with his place and language, I delve into the ways that Lee thoughtfully explores and examines the power of language and develops Henry's critical consciousness on the hegemonic social relations under the power of language. I also attempt to develop the connection between Henry's positive embracing his own place and language at the end of the novel and Lee's confidence in finding a literary voice that is true to himself, a native speaker not of American English but of his own self. With his keen interest in language and identity in Native Speaker, Lee's disparate voice places him at the forefront of developments in English language with his unique way of dismantling oppressive dominant values in na ve speaker's language and fostering a critical perspective and action directed toward a more socially just future.