Kim Jun Myung, who goes by the nickname “Uncle,” is Shin’s cellmate during his time in the underground prison of Camp 14. Uncle is a kind, educated man—Shin assumes that he must have been someone important before he was sent to Camp 14. He takes good care of Shin, even treating his wounds resourcefully, and he also tells Shin entertaining stories about life outside Camp 14. In all, Uncle is the first person in Shin’s entire life to treat him with consistent kindness and respect.
Kim Jin Myung / “Uncle” Quotes in Escape from Camp 14
The Escape from Camp 14 quotes below are all either spoken by Kim Jin Myung / “Uncle” or refer to Kim Jin Myung / “Uncle”. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Escape from Camp 14 published in 2013.).
Chapter 7 Quotes
It was Shin's first exposure to sustained kindness, and he was grateful beyond words. But he also found it puzzling. He had not trusted his mother to keep him from starving.
Related Characters: Shin In Geun / Shin Dong-hyuk, Jang Hye Gyung / Shin’s Mother, Kim Jin Myung / “Uncle”
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Kim Jin Myung / “Uncle” Character Timeline in Escape from Camp 14
The timeline below shows where the character Kim Jin Myung / “Uncle” appears in Escape from Camp 14. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: The Sun Shines Even on Mouse Holes
...his fifties, and his name is Kim Jin Myung—however, he asks that Shin call him “Uncle.” Uncle treats Shin’s burns, scraping away the pus and treating the wounds with salty cabbage.... (full context)
Chapter 12: Sewing and Snitching
...his middle finger with a knife. Shin isn’t given much medical treatment, but, remembering how Uncle treated his wounds with salty cabbage, he dips his wound in soup, and succeeds in... (full context)