First They Killed My Father

Foster Grandmother Character Analysis

The cruel grandmother of Loung’s first foster family in the Vietnamese camp. After the grandmother is shot in the leg by a Khmer Rouge attack, Loung is forced to bring food to her in the infirmary. Loung helps nurses change her bandages and pities the grandmother as she writhes in pain. As soon as the nurses have left, however, the grandmother barks at Loung to give her the food she has brought and accuses her of eating some.
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Foster Grandmother Character Timeline in First They Killed My Father

The timeline below shows where the character Foster Grandmother appears in First They Killed My Father. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22: Flying Bullets, February 1979
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...with the Khmer Rouge and who is not. One day while washing dishes with her foster grandmother , gunfire erupts around Loung. She finds safety behind a tree, but the grandmother is... (full context)
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Three days later Loung is tasked with bringing food to her foster grandmother in the hospital two miles away. On the way she thoughtlessly kicks a grenade before... (full context)
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...he either stepped on a landmine or kicked a grenade. Loung helps nurses change her foster grandmother ’s bandages and pities her as she writhes in pain. As soon as the nurses... (full context)
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The next day Loung’s foster father brings her foster grandmother home from the hospital and tells Loung, Chou, and Kim that the family can no... (full context)