The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Juan Then Character Analysis

A Chinese immigrant in the DR who owns the Chinese restaurant where Beli works. He has a head for business, and allows the Trujillato to do whatever they wish as long as they leave him alone. Though stoic, he cares for Beli and saves her after the Trujillato beat her in the cane field.
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Juan Then Character Timeline in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The timeline below shows where the character Juan Then appears in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 3: The Three Heartbreaks of Belicia Cabral (1955-1962)
Art, Life, and Latinos in America Theme Icon
Free Will and Destiny Theme Icon
Story, History, and Writing Theme Icon
Dominican American Culture, Colonialism, and Racism Theme Icon
Love and Loss Theme Icon
...into a job as a waitress at a Chinese restaurant, owned by a man named Juan Then. La Inca is horrified, but thinks that Beli will give up on her own... (full context)
Identity and the Dominican Experience in America Theme Icon
Art, Life, and Latinos in America Theme Icon
Dominican American Culture, Colonialism, and Racism Theme Icon
...not glamorous, but 14-year-old Beli takes to it easily. The owners of the Chinese restaurant, Juan and José Then, are distant, but treat Beli with kindness. She learns compassion from gentle... (full context)