Hi! I’m Peter Hong, a 2017 PD Soros Fellow. I saw this picture of my dad, Kitae, at my nephew’s first birthday. I imagined this photo over twenty years ago, with my dad celebrating my early birthdays, likely with more Beatles-esque hair. It’s still difficult to imagine the resolve necessary to seek education in the US, while having little to no English, money, or relationships. His focus on education brought him from rural to urban #Korea, and eventually to the US. While the plan was to return, he chose to stay and eventually settle in Michigan. I’m in awe of his resilience through many wrinkles along the way, such as my near drowning as a three year old or his misinterpreting a syllabus and completing a semester’s worth of work in a week. When I’m back in Korea, I try find hints of this past life. My greatest find was his old vinyl collection of American rock bands. I couldn’t believe my dad would be hip enough to have such good taste. But of course, I was wrong.