My Mother-in-Law was born in Beijing.
Her parents had left Korea to seek refuge in China during the Japanese Occupation.
My mother-in-law with her parents.
Her father was a member of the Korean Resistance and spent his time in China as a kind of ambassador for the anti-Japanese movement.
They returned to Seoul when my mother-in-law was in elementary school.
Upon returning, her father was sadly arrested by North Korean forces and never heard from again.
He is still listed as "missing" not "deceased."
After that tragedy, her mother went on to raise two children alone and build a large and prosperous manufacturing business.
She was one of the few female self-made "millionaries" in 1950's Korea.
She died in her early 40's of breast cancer.
My mother-in-law's younger brother emigrated to Brazil after graduating from college.
Like his own mother, he started a very successful clothing manufacturing business.
Like his mother, he also died young, as a rich man.
My mother-in-law is now fighting colon cancer.
Pray for her.