The Life of Grandfather Cho Narrative Essay by Nicky

The Life of Grandfather Cho
Tells the story of the author's grandfather, Grandfather Cho.
# 149114 | 995 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2011 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , English (Narrative)

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This paper gives the personal history of the author's grandfather who is described as a peaceful and well-known man in Korea. The paper tells of how "Grandfather Cho" lived through the Japanese occupation of Korea and then the communist take over of his country. History is intertwined with Grandfather Cho's life story, showing how he lived and reacted to drastic changes that took place around him. In particular, the paper notes how this man had to pretend to be something he wasn't on several occasions in order to save his life. He did this when he changed him name from a Korean name to a Japanese name, and also when he had to pretend to be a communist.

From the Paper:

"My grandfather was smart, and although it broke his heart to do it, he pretended that he was Japanese during the occupation. He went along with the Japanese by changing his name to a Japanese name. Some say the Japanese demanded that Koreans change their names to Japanese names, but others refused and were beaten or killed. Grandfather even learned some Japanese phases so when Japanese authorities in Korea questioned him, he could answer them in their language, to make things easier. He did not want to be taken from his family. He did not want to be a slave to the Japanese after working hard his whole life in Korea to provide for his family and to give his children and grandchildren a better life than he had when he was growing up. He also gave money to certain Japanese authorities to help them build roads and buildings. Sometimes he used his wealth to pay off important Japanese occupiers of Korea so they would not seize him and take him to Japan."

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