First They Killed My Father

Foster father Character Analysis

The father of the palm tree boy who once waved to Loung outside the child soldiers camp ends up taking her, Chou, and Kim in while they are living in the Vietnamese camp. Though welcoming and warm at first, he quickly switches to a business-like tone as he lists the siblings’ duties in exchange for their food and accommodation, causing Loung to realize this is only “a family of convenience.”
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Foster father Character Timeline in First They Killed My Father

The timeline below shows where the character Foster father appears in First They Killed My Father. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21: The First Foster Family, January 1979
The Unbreakable Bonds of Family Theme Icon
...tree boy who once waved to her outside the child soldiers camp. His father—now their foster father —is welcoming and warm at first, but quickly switches to a business-like tone. He says... (full context)
Chapter 22: Flying Bullets, February 1979
The Price of Survival  Theme Icon
Genocide, Racism, and Propaganda Theme Icon
The next day Loung’s foster father brings her foster grandmother home from the hospital and tells Loung, Chou, and Kim that... (full context)