Sookan - This person is the narrator and main character of "Year of Impossible Goodbyes."
Inchun - This person is the youngest of six children.
Sookan's Mother - This person gets separated from Sookan and Inchun when they try to cross the border and later escapes from her job as a nanny.
Aunt Tiger - This person tells stories about tigers and is shot as a traitor after the family escapes.
Kisa - This person is the only man to work at the sock factory.
The Sock Girls - These people are factory workers who are later forced to become sexual slaves for the Japanese army.
The Double-Agent Guide - This person turns Mother in to the authorities as a traitor.
Unhi - This person is the only person who is nice to Sookan at school.
Captain Narita - This person is the Japanese Imperial Police officer...
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