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Escape from Camp 14

Shin Gyung Sub / Shin’s Father Character Analysis

Shin Gyung Sub is the father of Shin Dong-hyuk, but a minor presence in the book. At Camp 14, fathers aren’t permitted much time with their children—they’re forced to live in dormitories with their coworkers and visit their offspring a couple times a year. Shin is arrested and tortured, however, after his son informs on Jang Hye Gyung (his wife) and He Geun (his son). He tries to be a better father to Shin after his wife and eldest son are executed. However, Shin refuses to speak to him.

Shin Gyung Sub / Shin’s Father Quotes in Escape from Camp 14

The Escape from Camp 14 quotes below are all either spoken by Shin Gyung Sub / Shin’s Father or refer to Shin Gyung Sub / Shin’s Father. 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:
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). 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 12 Quotes

At the mention of his father’s name, Shin became angry. Although he had tried to repress it, the resentment he felt toward his mother and brother had grown since their deaths. It had poisoned his feelings for his father. Shin wanted nothing to do with him.

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Shin Gyung Sub / Shin’s Father Character Timeline in Escape from Camp 14

The timeline below shows where the character Shin Gyung Sub / Shin’s Father appears in Escape from Camp 14. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Foreword
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...Shin of having raped a young girl—an accusation that Shin denies. In one video, Shin’s father, Shin Gyung Sub, claimed that neither he nor his son ever lived in a prison... (full context)
Preface: A Teachable Moment
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...again, the guards have rounded up a crowd of thousands. This time, Shin, with his father, is returning from eight months in a secret prison below Camp 14. Shin and his... (full context)
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That day, at the age of fourteen, Shin and his father are forced to stand in the crowd and watch as Shin’s mother and brother are... (full context)
Introduction: Never Heard the Word “Love”
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...family with love. Shin’s story of survival is very different—his mother hit him and his father ignored him, and neither showed him any real affection. He also has no memories of... (full context)
Chapter 1: The Boy Who Ate His Mother’s Lunch
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...about why she is in the camp. The camp guards forced her to marry Shin’s father and have a child; at the camp, sex is forbidden unless guards approve it. (full context)
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Shin’s father is named Shin Gyung Sub. Supposedly, the guards rewarded him with a marriage to Jang... (full context)
Chapter 6: This Son of a Bitch Won’t Do
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...peace” and “acts of brutality,” along with another of Shin’s uncles. As a result, Shin’s father has been imprisoned. (Shin’s father later told Shin about how, in 1965, he and his... (full context)
Chapter 8: Avoiding Mother’s Eyes
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...is late November, and Shin has just had his fourteenth birthday. To Shin’s amazement, Shin’s father, Shin Gyung Sub, is kneeling on the floor. Shin Gyung Sub has been brought to... (full context)
Chapter 9: Reactionary Son of a Bitch
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...him within Camp 14. He hates his mother for plotting to escape, and when his father visits him, Shin refuses to speak. Yet Shin never considers suicide during this stretch of... (full context)
Chapter 12: Sewing and Snitching
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...soon after. Before disappearing, the foreman gives Shin some rice flour, saying it’s from Shin’s father. Shin refuses to eat it. (full context)
Chapter 14: Preparing to Run
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Before making his escape, Shin decides to visit his father, Shin Gyung Sub, one more time. He’s never had a good relationship with his father,... (full context)
Chapter 21: K’uredit K’adus
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...lonely. He tries to locate his uncle, whose defection to South Korea resulted in Shin’s father being sent to Camp 14, but Shin doesn’t have much information on his uncle, and... (full context)