In the book Seedfolks Sae Young is from Korea. She had always enjoyed being with people and she had five sisters. After she and her husband moved to America they started a dry cleaning business. She and her husband ran the shop together six days a week. They did not have any children. One day he had a heart attack and died. She was only 37 years old at the time.
One day a man came into the shop to rob her and he kicked and beat her. Sae Young became very frightened and started staying inside having nothing to do with the outside world.
One day after she had started getting better she had gone to the store. She passed the garden and saw a little Vietnamese girl picking beans. She sees nice people working together in the garden. She starts to join them and grows hot peppers like the ones they had in Korea.