Girl in Translation

Mr. Pak Character Analysis

Mr. Pak works one of the steamers at Aunt Paula's factory. During a rush to complete an order, he traps his hand in a steamer, burning it badly. Matt later explains that he'll likely go on to work with his wife in a jewelry factory, where the work is less dangerous.
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Mr. Pak Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Pak appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Eight
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...that it's the only way that Ma will allow it. Suddenly, a man starts screaming. Mr. Pak , one of the steamers, had gotten his hand trapped in the steamer. Several men... (full context)
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Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
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Matt butts into the conversation, and Aunt Paula suggests that he take over for Mr. Pak . Matt accepts nonchalantly, and both he and Paula leave. When they're gone, Ma hisses... (full context)
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...pianos, they leave the shop and admire the skyscrapers. As they walk, Matt explains that Mr. Pak won't return to the factory; he'll go to work with his wife at a jewelry... (full context)