Mr. Al is a black man who lives on the same street as Kim and Ma. He operates a shop and an apartment building, and he's very interested in Chinese culture. Kim teaches him some Chinese words, and Mr. Al repays her kindness by advocating for them at the local grocery store. He moves away to escape the supposed leveling of their street.
Mr. Al Character Timeline in Girl in Translation
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Al appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.