A Chinese immigrant in the DR who owns the Chinese restaurant where Beli works. He has a head for business, and allows the Trujillato to do whatever they wish as long as they leave him alone. Though stoic, he cares for Beli and saves her after the Trujillato beat her in the cane field.
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Book 1, Chapter 3: The Three Heartbreaks of Belicia Cabral (1955-1962)
...not glamorous, but 14-year-old Beli takes to it easily. The owners of the Chinese restaurant, Juan and José Then, are distant, but treat Beli with kindness. She learns compassion from gentle... (full context)