Cathy Park Hong’s paternal grandfather was nearly murdered by American soldiers during the Korean War, when they mistook him for someone else. Hong’s father, who was a young child, never forgets the incident. Hong cites this story to point out how immigration and Asian American identity are inherently linked to the U.S. government’s imperialism and atrocities overseas.
Cathy Park Hong’s Paternal Grandfather Character Timeline in Minor Feelings
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...War. American soldiers broke into Hong’s family’s home, destroyed all of their possessions, and dragged Hong’s grandfather outside to execute him. He only survived because the village translator walked by and told... (full context)