The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Min Soo is Daniel and Charlie's mother and Dae Hyun’s wife. Daniel loves his mother dearly and believes they have a strong relationship, as he feels comfortable enough with her to write poetry in her presence. She is distraught when she learns that Charlie was kicked out of Harvard, and she supports her husband's insistence that both of her sons become doctors in order to achieve the American dream. Three years before the start of the novel, Dae Hyun bought Min Soo an oil painting set, and Daniel learns that she used to be a skilled painter. Daniel often wonders if his mom regrets getting married and having children, as he believes that not having those familial ties would've allowed her to be a successful painter. Though she is proud of her Korean identity and acts in ways the novel says are uniquely Korean, Min Soo also understands the importance of allowing her sons to embrace their American identities. She does this by giving her boys American first names (coupled with Korean middle and last names) and later, supporting Daniel when he refuses to become a doctor.

Min Soo Bae Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star

The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below are all either spoken by Min Soo Bae or refer to Min Soo 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 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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Min Soo Bae Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Min Soo 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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...his summer has 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.... (full context)
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Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Min Soo worried and worried over whether to give her son an American or Korean name. The... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...parents are putting pressure on Daniel. Daniel recounts a conversation he's had many times with Min Soo since summer started, in which she asks him about his grades, and tells him he's... (full context)
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...the second best school according to his parents, but Daniel refused to apply to Harvard. Min Soo is making mandu dumplings for him as a special treat, and Daniel sits at the... (full context)
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Charlie walks into the kitchen in time to hear Min Soo say this. Min Soo blushes in shame and embarrassment. She offers Charlie mandu, even though... (full context)
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Min Soo opens up the mandu basket, and Daniel watches her clean her steamy glasses. She asks... (full context)
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Min Soo insists that her sons have it too easy in America but turns her attention back... (full context)
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...upstairs to get dressed and stops in the doorway of the spare bedroom to admire Min Soo 's paintings. He explains that three years ago, Dae Hyun surprised her by hiring help... (full context)
Chapter 57
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Daniel explains that he has a good relationship with Min Soo , as they're both artistic. Natasha doesn't want to answer the questions, but agrees to... (full context)
Chapter 60
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Daniel imitates Min Soo and tells Natasha that Korean food is the best food. Daniel wonders if he'll still... (full context)
Chapter 69
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...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 paint all the... (full context)
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Daniel confesses that he wonders sometimes if Min Soo made a mistake having him and Charlie, but he guesses that she's happy. Natasha shudders... (full context)