Unpolished Gem


Alice Pung

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Uncle Frank Character Analysis

Alice’s uncle and Melanie’s father. Frank can’t seem to “escape the counter-effects of colonialism,” and he is ecstatic when Melanie marries a white man. He sees his son-in-law’s white skin as a sort of status symbol that will gain him respect from others. Frank’s opinions are a stark contrast from those of Alice’s mother, Kien, who believes that a white son-in-law (a “white ghost”) is the worst thing imaginable.
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Uncle Frank Character Timeline in Unpolished Gem

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Part 5
Culture and Assimilation  Theme Icon
Melanie’s father loves her new husband. “The white skin did the trick” because Uncle Frank “can never escape the counter-effects of colonialism.” He tells the family that when Melanie takes... (full context)
Culture and Assimilation  Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Marriage Theme Icon
...a bowl of pasta. There is a huge spread of food across the grave, and Uncle Frank stands back and admires the marker. “Eight thousand dollars,” he says. “I helped pick it... (full context)