The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Dae Hyun Bae Character Analysis

Dae Hyun is Daniel's dad. He's a private and quiet man who emigrated from South Korea with his young wife, Min Soo. He decided to leave Korea when he realized that taking over the family crab-fishing business would keep his family in poverty. With the help of a cousin in America, Dae Hyun opened a black hair care store in Harlem, which has allowed him to comfortably support Min Soo and their two sons, Charlie and Daniel. Dae Hyun keeps his impoverished past a secret from his sons, as he believes that poverty is somehow contagious and even hearing about it might infect them. Instead, he insists that both his sons go to Harvard, which he believes is the best school, and become doctors. When Daniel admits he doesn't want to be a doctor, Dae Hyun threatens to withdraw all financial assistance and later makes good on this promise. Dae Hyun is extremely proud of his South Korean heritage, but he is also deeply racist—even though he operates a store that caters to the black community, he thinks very little of his customers and is openly racist to Natasha. Daniel admits that he loves his father, but Natasha can tell that he's ashamed of him as well.

Dae Hyun Bae Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star

The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below are all either spoken by Dae Hyun Bae or refer to Dae Hyun Bae. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Sun is Also a Star published in 2016.
Chapter 8 Quotes

In the end, she chose both. Korean and American. American and Korean.

So they would know where they were from.

So they would know where they were going.

Page Number: 16
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Chapter 46 Quotes

America's not really a melting pot. It's more like one of those divided metal plates with separate sections for starch, meat, and veggies.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae, Dae Hyun Bae
Page Number: 128
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Chapter 69 Quotes

I was so surprised by that. I thought I knew everything about my mom—about both of them, really—but here was this secret history I didn't know about. I asked her why she stopped and she waved her hand in the air like she was wiping the years away.

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Dae Hyun Bae, Min Soo Bae
Page Number: 180
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Chapter 113 Quotes

"My parents are immigrants. They moved to this country for a better life. They work all the time so my brother and I can have the American Dream. Nowhere in the American Dream does it say you can skip college and become a starving artist."

Page Number: 291
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"Yes," I say. "He would." But not because he's evil. And not because he's a Stereotypical Korean Parent. But because he can't see past his own history to let us have ours.

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Dae Hyun Bae, Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald
Page Number: 292
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Chapter 122 Quotes

"What I care about is you, and I'm sure that love is enough to overcome all the bullshit. And it is bullshit. All the handwringing. All the talk about cultures clashing or preserving cultures and what will happen to the kids. All of it is one hundred percent pure, unadulterated bullshit, and I just refuse to care."

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Natasha Kingsley, Dae Hyun Bae
Page Number: 317
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Dae Hyun Bae Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Dae Hyun Bae appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...been so absurd. Charlie got kicked out of Harvard, and Daniel's parents, Min Soo and Dae Hyun , are extremely upset. Daniel almost feels bad for Charlie. (full context)
Chapter 8
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Years before in South Korea, when Min Soo and Dae Hyun fell in love, Min Soo never imagined they'd end up in America. Dae Hyun had... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...never had his heart broken, but he thinks it's luxurious to write at the table: Dae Hyun doesn't approve of poetry. Daniel keeps up his side of the conversation but is surprised... (full context)
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...a break. He knows that it must be awful for Charlie, working all day with Dae Hyun at their black hair care store, as their father surely berates Charlie when there are... (full context)
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...leave early so he's not stuck having more uncomfortable conversations, and his mom gives him Dae Hyun 's money pouch to take to the store. (full context)
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...of the spare bedroom to admire Min Soo's paintings. He explains that three years ago, Dae Hyun surprised her by hiring help for the store and buying her an oil painting set.... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...think his life could be extraordinary, but he reasons that it's better to part ways. Dae Hyun would never be comfortable with him dating a black girl. (full context)
Chapter 36
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...only a tiny fraction of creative people are successful. Daniel declares that Natasha sounds like Dae Hyun , but Natasha suggests that he's just looking out for him. Daniel wonders if Natasha... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...to go cozy up with Natasha, but he needs to deliver the money pouch to Dae Hyun . Natasha agrees to accompany him to Harlem, even though Daniel knows this is a... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...reasons that if they're going to be together, he's going to have to deal with Dae Hyun 's racism. Daniel wishes he could just fall in love without having to deal with... (full context)
Chapter 51
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Natasha watches Dae Hyun ring up a customer. He ignores her and Daniel, but silently and mysteriously communicates to... (full context)
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...the pouch so they can go. Daniel turns around to come face to face with Dae Hyun . He already saw Natasha and Daniel holding hands. (full context)
Chapter 52
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...he'd love to light Charlie on fire, but he tries to focus on Natasha's hand. Dae Hyun asks what he's doing in Korean, and Daniel makes sure to answer in English as... (full context)
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Dae Hyun puts on his storeowner face and asks Natasha if she wants something. She tries to... (full context)
Chapter 53
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...and when they get there, he apologizes. Natasha cannot let go of the memory of Dae Hyun shoving relaxer at her. When she finally calms down, she agrees that the situation was... (full context)
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...happened was funny, but she understands that Daniel is ashamed. She insists that he's not Dae Hyun , but she knows it's an empty sentiment: nobody can escape their parents and their... (full context)
Chapter 54
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...that led Daniel's family to the black hair care business: many South Korean immigrants, including Dae Hyun 's cousin, own black hair care stores. The South Korean dominance of the market began... (full context)
Chapter 57
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...her relationships with her mother and father. Daniel struggles to articulate how he feels about Dae Hyun . He loves him, but their relationship is fraught. He doesn't know how much is... (full context)
Chapter 69
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...regret that somehow, he ended up with a wife and two kids. Daniel remembers when Dae Hyun gave Min Soo her painting set, and his dad had mentioned that she used to... (full context)
Chapter 80
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...that there's comfort in knowing that things are out of her hands, but Natasha and Dae Hyun believe in determinism: one action leads to another. Daniel lives somewhere in between. The narrator... (full context)
Chapter 88
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...he thought the day couldn't get worse, but he was wrong. When he walks into Dae Hyun 's store, his dad is busy but shoots Daniel a look that says there will... (full context)
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...the "Second-Best School." Daniel admits he doesn't even want to go to Yale and realizes Dae Hyun is behind him, listening. When the doorbell chimes Dae Hyun returns to the front of... (full context)
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...stomach and the face, and only stops when Daniel knees him in the groin and Dae Hyun enters, yelling in Korean. (full context)
Chapter 92
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Dae Hyun sends Daniel to get ice for his swollen lip and berates Charlie. Daniel sits down... (full context)
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Daniel is shocked; this is the most Dae Hyun has said to him at one time. Daniel is extremely curious why his dad wants... (full context)
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Daniel puts his jacket back on and moves to the front of the store. Dae Hyun tells him that the relationship with Natasha will never work out, but Daniel insists it... (full context)
Chapter 93
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Dae Hyun stands in his store, opening and closing his cash register, wondering if it's his fault... (full context)
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When Dae Hyun was a teenager, his father began grooming him to one day run the family crab... (full context)
Chapter 95
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When Daniel leaves Dae Hyun 's store, there's a young woman playing a violin outside. She looks bedraggled, but her... (full context)
Chapter 100
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As Natasha walks towards Dae Hyun 's store, she notices a hungry-looking young woman playing a violin. Her sign reads that... (full context)
Chapter 103
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...to wonder if Charlie's playing a joke on him. She explains that she just left Dae Hyun 's store, and Daniel explains that he's back at the lawyer's building. He says it... (full context)
Chapter 113
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...Fitzgerald insists the American dream can mean many things, but is shocked when Daniel insists Dae Hyun will cut him off if he doesn't agree to become a doctor. Daniel thinks his... (full context)
Chapter 121
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Daniel shares that his most embarrassing moment was earlier, in Dae Hyun 's store. He suggests that everyone should get a "family Do-Over Card," which would allow... (full context)
Chapter 125
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...decide that if she weren't leaving, they would've worked out. Daniel says it would've taken Dae Hyun a long time to come around, and Natasha thinks of comforting Daniel on their wedding... (full context)