Lee's Native Speaker deals with themes of identity and connection to our past and culture while dealing with our own individuality. In the context of being a first-generation immigrant, as Henry Park is, it is difficult to maintain these connections while living as an American. Throughout the novel, Park is constantly trying to find his place in the society he lives in. He is, in many ways, connected to Korea. Park's personality and his emotional cadences are very much "Korean." Park also spends a lot of time in Korean places in America, further symbolizing his connection to an identity in a land that is both home and foreign.
In the end, Park begins to realize that he can maintain his identity as a Korean man along with the other identities he holds. Park can be a husband, a father that lost a child, and a man. Native Speaker shows that we are never just one thing, despite how rooted in an identity we are. On the other hand, we learn that America is a double-edged sword. In America, we can be who we endeavor to be. We can maintain all of the identities that form a complete and dynamic person. However, because of the fact we all come from another place, we are never really connected—we are all separated, despite being American.