Last Updated on June 22, 2020, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 404
Henry discusses his father, who died a year and a half after Henry's son. A successful businessman, his father made money through a grocery store chain. Henry believes his father seemed much happier when he owned one store and lived in a small apartment in Queens. During those earlier, leaner times, his father often danced with his mother, exhibiting a joy he never seemed to experience later. His father also had many friends, all Korean.
This changed when they moved to the suburbs as his father grew prosperous, to a large home in Ardsley, a mostly white community that seemed barely to tolerate his family's presence. Henry's father hid from the public, standing in the background at Henry's games.
Henry did not get along with his father, often ridiculing his prices and wages. When his father wanted to show off his son's English, Henry insisted on speaking Korean.
As a child, Henry noticed his mother only made vague references to his father's business. Later Henry questioned her about this. In Korea, Henry's father had earned an engineering degree from a very good college. His mother did not want to shame him.
Henry did not understand many things about his father. One was Lelia. Henry was surprised his father genuinely seemed to like Lelia, offering her special treats. Henry suspected his father secretly liked and was proud that Henry had married a white woman.
For a man who rarely expressed emotion, Henry's father often hugged Lelia, laughed and teased her. This astonished Henry. His father never displayed...
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