Aboji's Story: An Interview with My Father

Aboji's Story: An Interview with My Father MORRIS PANG ello, Aboji. How are you feeling tonight?" "I am fine, son. What brings you here by my home on such a rainy night?" "I've heard you tell interesting episodes of your experiences in Korea, China, Russia, Japan, and on a plantation in Hawaii, and I wondered if you would combine these stories together and tell me the story of your life." Outside the rain fell in a steady downpour, sometimes increasing in intensity, sometimes decreasing, and then stopping for a little while only to start again. But we were all snug and warm inside and for the next two hours, I sat in the parlor with Aboji while he told me his life history. "I was born in Hamgyong-do, Kilchu, Korea, in 1878," he began. "I was the ninth child in a family of ten children. In comparison with our neighbors, our family was well off, for although we had no money as such, we had land, houses, cows, pigs, and chickens. You see, the possession of such goods was considered to be restricted to the wealthy. Thus, I say that we were quite well to do. Indeed we had much wealth then, especially with all http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Aboji's Story: An Interview with My Father

Manoa, Volume 14 (2) – Mar 13, 2002

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MORRIS PANG ello, Aboji. How are you feeling tonight?" "I am fine, son. What brings you here by my home on such a rainy night?" "I've heard you tell interesting episodes of your experiences in Korea, China, Russia, Japan, and on a plantation in Hawaii, and I wondered if you would combine these stories together and tell me the story of your life." Outside the rain fell in a steady downpour, sometimes increasing in intensity, sometimes decreasing, and then stopping for a little while only to start again. But we were all snug and warm inside and for the next two hours, I sat in the parlor with Aboji while he told me his life history. "I was born in Hamgyong-do, Kilchu, Korea, in 1878," he began. "I was the ninth child in a family of ten children. In comparison with our neighbors, our family was well off, for although we had no money as such, we had land, houses, cows, pigs, and chickens. You see, the possession of such goods was considered to be restricted to the wealthy. Thus, I say that we were quite well to do. Indeed we had much wealth then, especially with all

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