San E got to know his father just a bit better.
On the September 28 broadcast of MBC‘s Chuseok special “Great Inheritance,” San E spent some time with his father, who is currently working in a high school in Atlanta as a janitor.
San E explains, “When I was in my second year of middle school, my family didn’t do so well financially because of the IMF crisis and we emigrated to the United States. My father is a janitor at a high school.”
San E’s father says, “I’ve been working here for 15 years. I didn’t have a choice. I had a dictionary and I had to look everything up when I started work.”
During the broadcast, San E hesitantly brings up the rough relationship between his father and his mother and says, “When I was young, there were a lot of things I couldn’t understand about you. Back then, I really hated you. Your eyes would change when you drank. And then you’d break everything. You were always scary when you drank. To me, it just looked like you were being violent after getting drunk.”
Instead of defending himself, the first thing that San E’s father does is apologize. He says, “I’m so sorry. I tried driving taxis, civil engineering work, and automobile work, but I lost a lot. I couldn’t even buy you a slice of the pizza that you liked so much. I couldn’t even eat; I just drank hard soju.”
He then saddens San E as he continues apologetically, “I wasn’t able to see anything. I should have solved everything using conversation, but I tried to solve everything my way, and that’s when problems arose. I was embarrassed to talk about myself to anyone.”
Meanwhile, “Great Inheritance” is a program in which parents pass down their wisdom to their children, and the children do their best to reconcile with them. Through this process, the parents and children begin to communicate with and understand each other.