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Kirimni, Pyongyang, Korea

Sookan's family lives in the Kirimni area in the city of Pyongyang in Korea. Today, Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea.

Thirty-Eighth Parallel

At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in half at the thirty-eighth parallel of latitude, with the northern section going to Russia, and the southern section being ruled by Koreans. Many people wanted to cross the border, but were prevented by North Korean forces.

Grandfather's Pine Tree

Grandfather's ancient pine tree is the only pretty thing left in the yard which brings any hope or beauty. Captain Narita has it cut down to hurt Grandfather.

The Communist Party

Once the Russians bring Communism to North Korea, everyone must act as though they love the Communist Party, or they will disappear overnight. Sookan's family tries to be very visible in their support of Communism, so that no one will...

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