First They Killed My Father

Met Bong Character Analysis

Loung’s supervisor at the child soldier training camp. “Met Bong” is a generic title or means of address, rather than a specific name (and Loung briefly has a different Met Bong at her earlier camp). This Met Bong gives the children impassioned propaganda lessons praising the might of the Angkar and denigrating the Vietnamese as savage monsters. Loung spies Met Bong resting her head on a male supervisor’s shoulder, and wonders why she is allowed companionship when the rest are not.

Met Bong Quotes in First They Killed My Father

The First They Killed My Father quotes below are all either spoken by Met Bong or refer to Met Bong. 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 Harper Perennial edition of First They Killed My Father published in 2001.
Chapter 16 Quotes

In Phnom Penh, Pa once told me the Youns are just like us but with whiter skin and smaller noses. However, Met Bong describes the Youns as savages who are bent on taking over our country and our people. I do not know what to believe. The only world I know beyond this camp is the one Met Bong describes to me. Sitting in the dark, I find myself starting to believe her message about the enemies.

Related Characters: Loung Ung (speaker), Pa , Met Bong
Page Number: 141
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Chapter 20 Quotes

My breath becomes short and shallow; images of the Youns torturing and killing their victims flash before my eyes. I have never seen a Youn and yet these men look remarkably human. They are the same size as our Khmer men and are similarly built … The Youns look more like Ma than many Khmers. They do not look like the devils Met Bong said they were.

Related Characters: Loung Ung (speaker), Ma , Met Bong
Page Number: 172
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Met Bong Character Timeline in First They Killed My Father

The timeline below shows where the character Met Bong appears in First They Killed My Father. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: Child Soldiers, August 1977
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Genocide, Racism, and Propaganda Theme Icon
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...who are described as monsters who want to steal “children of the Angkar.” The new Met Bong encourages the children to report any traitors who speak against the Angkar. Suddenly Loung realizes... (full context)
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The Unbreakable Bonds of Family Theme Icon
...Chou in Phnom Penh. When the girls finish singing, they are all invited to dance. Met Bong says Loung is a good dancer, and that she will join the dance troop that... (full context)
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...Pot is now recruiting all children from age eight to help fight against the Youns. Met Bong tells Loung that she is ahead of the other village children; she says that anyone... (full context)
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Loung spies Met Bong resting her head on the shoulder of the boys’ leader, and wonders why she is... (full context)
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...obtain control of the weapon and then turning into the killer of the monster herself. Met Bong continues to teach the girls that the Youns are savage monsters bent on destroying them. (full context)
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...a cold hand attack her, and that it is a Youn coming to get them. Met Bong tells the girls to take loaded guns and shoot anything that moves. Though Pa once... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Last Gathering, May 1978
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Famine hits again and Loung grows weak. She gains a permission slip from the reluctant Met Bong to go to the infirmary, which is a few hours from the camp. She reflects... (full context)
Chapter 19: The Walls Crumble, November 1978
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...pass. Rumors of Youn invasions spread, and Loung spends hours learning to fight in combat. Met Bong stuffs clothes with leaves and straw to act as Youn dummies, then lines the children... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Youn Invasion, January 1979
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Met Bong tells the children at Loung’s camp that the monstrous Youns have invaded, adding that they... (full context)
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...Pot’s name and discussing the Khmer Rouge’s defeat by the Youns. Loung thinks of how Met Bong said the Khmer Rouge were much stronger than the Youns, reflecting that this was another... (full context)
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...surprised at how “remarkably human” they look, given all the monstrous tales about them from Met Bong . In fact, with their light skin, they look like Ma. The crowd is anxious,... (full context)