First They Killed My Father

Palm Tree Boy Character Analysis

A young boy who waves to Loung from a palm tree when she first arrives at the child soldier training camp, granting her the first hint of human contact. He lives in a nearby village and collects sap with his father to bring to the chief. Though they have never spoken, he becomes the closest thing Loung has to a friend and tosses her fruit when he sees her. Later, his father becomes Loung and her siblings first foster father in the Vietnamese displacement camp.
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Palm Tree Boy Character Timeline in First They Killed My Father

The timeline below shows where the character Palm Tree Boy 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
Genocide, Racism, and Propaganda Theme Icon
The Unbreakable Bonds of Family Theme Icon
...a soldier. The new camp is an hour away, and Loung is surprised when a young boy in a palm tree smiles and waves at her when she arrives. (full context)
Genocide, Racism, and Propaganda Theme Icon
The Unbreakable Bonds of Family Theme Icon
...could be used against them. The closest thing Loung has to a friend is the palm tree boy , who she learns lives in a nearby village and collects sap with his father... (full context)
Chapter 21: The First Foster Family, January 1979
The Unbreakable Bonds of Family Theme Icon
...family again, and even happier when she sees that it is the family of the palm tree boy who once waved to her outside the child soldiers camp. His father—now their foster father—is... (full context)