My Neighbor, Charles | 이웃집 찰스 Ep.156 / Migrant worker from Vietnam, Hieu. [ENG/2018.10.04]On October 5, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
(The hot place for designs) (Korea’s landmark DDP) (Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung-gu, Seoul) (The 156th story) This is My Neighbor, Charles where we meet foreigners living in Korea. Despite the fact that it’s Chuseok, we’re still doing the show. Hello. – Hello. / – Hello. Chuseok is best spent eating delicious food in front of the TV with family. But I guess that’s not the case for us. – It’s unfortunate. / – Yes. Usually, you’d go to your hometown and help make the fritters and the braised short ribs. I miss my mom’s home cooking. I went to France recently and on my flight back to Korea, I started missing my mom’s cooking. I heard she doesn’t cook for you. Actually, that’s true. We’re all talking about our parents. Today’s guest isn’t just a good son at times. He’s been a great son all his life. Let’s bring in our guest. – Come on in. / – Welcome. He looks like a good son. – Hello. / – Hello. He’s so polite. He’s handsome too. Hello. Thank you. I’m from Vietnam. My name is Hieu. I work at a company in Pyeongtaek. So you’ve been living in Korea for 8 years. But for migrant workers, their working visas… I worked at my company for 4 years and 10 months. And my contract ended. – But I became one of their best employees. / – Really? I went back to Vietnam for 3 months and then I came back. You’re a model employee. You look and talk like a model employee. I said earlier that he’s a very good son. You must be very good to your parents. – Yes… / – Yes. Did you see? “Yes…” But you can’t make it home for the holidays. You’re here instead of being with your parents. Thankfully, I was able to go to Vietnam a month ago for my summer vacation. Really? How many times did you go home in 8 years? During the 8 years… I went back 5 times. – That’s not that often. / – That’s not often. You went to Vietnam recently. I’m sure you still remember your parents’ faces. My parents and family… They all came out to greet me, so I was very touched. Vietnam is a long country. Once you land in Hanoi, you must have to drive for hours to get home. It’s a 4-hour car ride. – So it’s in the countryside? / – Yes. We raise a lot of boars. And our chickens can fly. – They fly? The chickens? / – Yes. They’re mountain chickens. They’re let loose in the mountains. (Using her imagination) They don’t just have pigs. They have boars. Hieu is a hard worker and a good son. Let’s watch his story. (My Neighbor, Charles) (A month ago) (To his hometown) He went to his hometown. (Going to Vietnam for his summer vacation) I bet you’re excited to see your family after a year. I’m very happy today since I’ll get to be with my family. He worked… We’re going back a week. (Waiting for his vacation) (Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do) It’s Pyeongtaek. (Factory, dorm) That’s where you work? Yes, this is a factory in Pyeongtaek. – And the dorm is right next door. / – Yes. (Wakes up at 7 a.m. on the dot) It looks so clean. The bed looks nice too. You’re in great shape. I thought you were a soccer player. (The sun is up) Still asleep? Wake up and eat breakfast. Come on. Are you the leader here? Wake up! He’s waking up all his co-workers. You’re running late. We have to eat breakfast. That’s impressive. Hurry, hurry. He’s like a school teacher. It’s like a school dorm. Denmark! You’re late. I don’t have pants on. You don’t have pants on? It’s fine. (Denmark is from the Philippines) He came out. He should’ve put some pants on. – Probably since it’s all guys in there. / – Yes. (He always goes to work 10 minutes early) (It’s only a 10-second walk to work) The factory is right next door. Yes, that’s right. It’s nice that it’s so close. Commuting must be a breeze. – It’s so clean. / – Yes. Hurry, hurry! “Hurry, hurry.” Hey! Hurry, hurry! I don’t know about all that. I learned the expression “hurry, hurry” from Koreans. (There are 15 migrant workers from 3 countries) (The self-proclaimed leader) (Banging) (What is this used for?) – This is a vent. / – A vent? Air passes through here. It goes under subways. I’ve seen that at subway stations. (Hieu helps his coworkers that are still struggling) He’s a new employee from Uzbekistan. (Always be careful not to hurt your hands) Yes, you always have to watch out for your hands. (Hieu is watching) (Nice job) He gives them compliments too. – He’s charismatic. / – Right. (Nice job) Hieu is my teacher. He’s good at everything. Mistakes lead to faulty products. So I have to teach the new workers well. (Hieu is always there to lend a helping hand) He’s like a hero. He’s a great worker. Even I can see he’s a great worker. (Very good job) Any boss would love to have an employee like him. No wonder he was chosen as the best employee. You finished with work? Yes, it’s time to eat. – You’re going to eat? / – Yes. (He heads to the cafeteria to eat lunch) – The cafeteria is right there? / – Yes. Yes, there’s a cafeteria in the factory. How’s the food? – Good! / – It’s good. Dang, we’re out of chicken! Someone already ate all the chicken. Oh, no… That looks good! They get fritters too. (All the good stuff will be gone if you’re late) It’s okay. (I know what I’m going for) Water parsley. So he likes water parsley. (Braised tofu, water parsley, acorn jelly, bean soup) (People need to eat) When are you going to the Philippines? Following year. – Not following year. Next year. / – Next year. It’s okay. Next month. – Next month. / – Okay. – Next year. / – Yeah. When are you going to Vietnam? I’ll go to Vietnam when things aren’t so busy here. (I want to go on vacation soon) They don’t talk for that long… – But they talk about all the important stuff. / – Yes. (Back to work) Mass production. Mass production? – Mass production? / – Mass production? Mass production? (One of Hieu’s areas of expertise) (Driving a forklift) – You can drive that thing? / – Yes. Not anyone can drive that. You need a separate license. – Yes, I have a license. / – That’s so cool. (He got his forklift license 5 years ago) I’ve always wanted try. – You got your license in Korea? / – Yes, in Korea. Wow, you’re good at driving that thing. (Skillful) (He’s fast and he doesn’t damage the goods) Buddy, turn it. (Turn it? Like this?) Okay, okay, okay. Hieu is an important asset to this company. (Even if the boss isn’t around, no problem) Where? Gochang, Jeollabuk-do. Where? Gochang? Looks good. – Good work. / – Thanks. Good-bye. (Hieu is such a reliable employee) Once we get the invoice, we send out the goods. You have to get an invoice. You’re very different from the migrant workers we had in mind. You’re very good at your job. (Oh, so flattering) This job was so hard when I first got here. I didn’t know how to do anything, so I really struggled. But I tried hard and practiced for 6 months. Did you put in a lot of effort? Yes, I did. (Hieu is the oldest child with one younger sister) (He got a job in Korea in 2010 to support his family) (Became best employee after 4 years and 10 months) (The company hired him again in 2015) (He’s always improving and helping out others) (Hieu is a model migrant worker) Things were really tough when I first got here. They yelled at me when I was bad at my job. “You made a mistake! Work faster!” That really made my heart race at first. Afterwards, I made sure to watch carefully whenever someone corrected my mistakes. Then I practiced during my free time so that I could get better. No matter where you are, if you try hard and work on improving yourself, good things are bound to come. You seem Vietnamese when you speak Vietnamese. – Yes. / – For the first time. (Another day of work is done) (Hieu makes dinner) Onions. (Onions, okay) (A shared fridge stocked by the company) I guess you cook with your co-workers. Yes. We eat at the company cafeteria for lunch and dinner and just make snacks at night. (Tomato salad?) (Onions and tomato in boiling water?) Instant noodle soup mix? – I’m making instant noodles. / – You add tomato? Tomato and onions. That’s what the Uzbeks like. (Uzbek-style noodles made by a Vietnamese guy) – I wonder how that tastes. / – It looks good. That’s Uzbek-style. I thought he was making pho but it’s instant noodles. Want to eat with us? (Denmark hasn’t eaten dinner yet) I’m full. It’s fine. (Denmark approaches the food) (Checks the temperature) Warm, warm. You mean hot. Not warm. The word is hot. Different from warm. (He’s such a stickler) The entire world loves instant noodles. It’s good no matter what you put in. (I can’t eat this) (Korean food is still unfamiliar to Denmark) It’s hot. Don’t think of it as instant noodles. Think of it as beef, okay? This is too much. I gave you the same amount. Denmark, you’re doing the dishes if you don’t finish. Okay? (Should I act like I didn’t understand that?) If you don’t finish… – You have to do the dishes. / – He eats well. (It’s Friday night) Where are they off to after their snack? (We can’t just waste this night!) Buddy! (It’s Hieu) You’re having dinner? It’s fine, it’s fine. Hey, buddy! He calls them all buddy. Yes, that’s what we call each other. Have a seat. They’re all buddies regardless of their age. If a guy is a lot older, we call him sir. (He visits the room of the Uzbek workers) What were you up to, buddy? Listening to music? This is the song? Come outside so we can hang out. (A hot song in Uzbekistan) They like idol songs. (Let’s get this party started) (Dancing) Time to dance. You guys have a dance time? You’re good! (Fancy footwork) They look so excited. It’s time for them to party. They’re at that age. Nice! So pretty! I don’t know! – Looks like Denmark wants to join in. / – Yes. (Denmark tries to sneak out) (Running away?) (Unwinding after a hard day of work) They all dance like old men. (It’s a hot night tonight) (Getting ready to go back) (What’s with the excavator on a weekend?) An excavator? An excavator. (Training the workers how to operate an excavator) – You’re learning how to operate that? / – Yes. – On the weekends? / – Yes. We learn on Sundays. I’d like to relax on the weekends, but I feel like it’s a waste of time if I’m just in the dorm. I end up doing nothing all day. So I prefer spending that time to learn something. You want to learn everything you can. That’s right. I think I can do this. I’ll have to try it first though. (His working visa will expire in 1 year and 7 months) (I should learn everything I can) (He’s preparing to get a job in Vietnam) He looks so serious. (This is his first try, but he remains composed) He has great focus. It looks like you’re doing a good job. (I’m pretty good at this) Once you learn this, you can use it in Vietnam? Yes, we really need excavators in Vietnam. – You’d better learn then. / – Yes. (It’s the next person’s turn) (Nervous) (What am I supposed to do first?) Buddy, over here. (Hieu always wants to help) No, this one. Oh, this. That’s right. You’re teaching him? Okay. Okay, okay. (That night) (Spending time with his roommate, Denmark) Denmark. Buddy, do you have a girlfriend? I don’t have one. My family comes first. Family… Okay, okay. Buddy. Who do you miss? My family. (Denmark’s family in the Philippines) They look so kind. How old is your father? 50. Okay, 50. I miss my nephew and my grandparents. My mom and my nephew. He’s my little sister’s son. A family photo. (They aren’t so well-off) That’s my dad and my nephew. – Really? / – Yes. I sent my first paycheck home 8 years ago. I sent my family $1,400 from my $1,800 paycheck. – My family paid off… / – That’s not easy. Their bank loan with that. They were in debt for 10 years from that loan. My mom cried a lot. But she’ll never let me see her cry. She cried in private. She didn’t want to make me worry. (He gets choked up when he thinks of his family) The debt they couldn’t pay off in 10 years… He paid it off for them. How were things for your family before you started working in Korea? Things were really hard for us back then. My family lives in the countryside. We have dirt roads. Not asphalt roads? You can’t even ride a bike if it rains. You have to walk to the market. – How long does it take? / – It takes an entire day. An entire day to get to the market? So you can’t buy stuff you need on short-notice. – What do you usually eat there? / – Potatoes. Potatoes and sweet potatoes. – So you couldn’t even afford rice. / – Yes. So, you paid off the debt that your parents couldn’t pay off… – In 10 years. / – Yes. That’s why I said he’s a good son. He’s such a good son. We should learn a thing or two from him. I’m learning a lot from Hieu this Chuseok. I hope my parents don’t watch this show. Parents shouldn’t watch this. They’re going to nag me. (The weight of responsibilities) (It’s hot and the work is hard, but he’s energetic) (What’s this?) (Hey, buddies) (Ice cream) He’s giving everyone ice cream. (Hey, buddy!) (You bought these, Hieu?) (He bought ice cream for his co-workers) I bet you guys are all close friends. It’s so hot out these days. It’s hard for the guys to work. Ice cream puts us in a good mood. It’s refreshing. (Recharging their blood sugar) Ice cream in front of a fan. Hieu, thank you! No matter what! Hieu! Abro, when are you getting married? – I’m not sure. / – Next year? (I bet you have a lot on your mind) (After work) (What is he doing) (On the dorm stairwell?) – Are you studying? / – There? My room is a bit cramped. There’s a window here, so it’s nice and cool. Here. Can you see me? – See my new outfit? / – Who’s that girl? – Your girlfriend? / – Your girlfriend? – I see it. That’s a new outfit? / – She’s so pretty! Don’t show it off here. This is a shoot. Look at Hieu. He looks so happy. – Look at him smile. / – She’s so pretty. (They talk every evening for 30 minutes) (How cute) Did you see the photo I posted on social media? Did you press like? Nobody does that these days. That’s outdated. Did you send me a heart? No, not yet. He likes to be tough with his girlfriend. (A man in love) He’s so happy. How cute. His girlfriend is so pretty. (She studies Korean in Hanoi) (They’re engaged to be married in October) I think for this vacation to Vietnam… – Is to see your girlfriend. / – Right. You’re way more excited to see your girlfriend. You’ve been in Korea for 8 years. When did you meet her? I went back to Vietnam in 2015 for 3 months. When I went back, I visited a famous vale. My girlfriend was there with her friends. As soon as I saw her… – “Wow…” / – You fell for her. “She’s the prettiest girl among them.” – What did you do? / – Did you set a date? Yes, we’re getting married October 28th this year. – This year. / – That’s a month away. – Yes. / – Congratulations. Thank you. (Work ends early for vacation season) (Hurries) Come on. (The boss gets all the employees together) This way, this way. (Time for some chicken and beer) – Chicken and beer! / – Chicken, pizza and beer! – That’s your boss? / – Yes, that’s our boss. It was a hot summer. Great work, everyone! Enjoy your summer vacations! I even have bonuses for you guys. What a great boss. – Cheers! / – Cheers! Our boss is number one! “Our boss is number one.” (Not everyone can go home for vacation) (But at least they can enjoy themselves in Korea) (Hieu is the only one that’s going home) It’s like one big family. Drink some beer. Who do you want to see first? Your family or your girlfriend? We’d like to know that too. – I miss them equally. / – Come on! If you had to pick one. Will there be a honeymoon baby? Get her knocked up like our boss did. He said he should get her knocked up like the boss. That’s funny. I got my wife knocked up. I got her pregnant before we got married. I’d like that too, but… (Back home again) He’s finally going. (Hieu starts packing early in the morning) What is he packing? (I hope they like it) – Gifts? / – Mini fans. Those are great. Hello. My grandparents are unwell. Ginseng, red ginseng and lingzhi mushrooms. (Buys a bunch of health supplements) Those are pretty expensive. (A mini fan?) When it rains a lot in my hometown, the electricity goes out. I think the mini fans will be helpful for that. (He got to see his family a year ago) Where are you going? You’re going now? Will you be back? – I’m not coming back. / – Don’t go! Just kidding, buddy. You scared me. (It’s like they’ll never see each other again) It’s only a short visit. (The stickler is leaving?) Have a good trip, Hieu! Have a good trip! Okay! (Heading to his family) It’s a 4-hour flight, right? Yes, that’s right. I bet you were so happy to see your country out the window. When I see the Eiffel Tower… You two should know how that feels like. My family… I miss them so much. I’m very happy today, since I’ll get to be with my family. (He’s been waiting a year to go back to Vietnam) He can finally see Vietnam. It’s been a year. (He finally arrives at Noi Bai International Airport) (Where is she?) (Hugs) – Gosh! This is like a drama! / – It is. I missed you so much. It’s so great to see him. I’m so happy. I can see how much she loves him. (I’m happy as long as you’re smiling) (Staying close) Do you have to stick to each other like that? It should be hot there. (Hanoi, Vietnam) (Where is Hieu’s hometown?) (It’s a 4-hour bus ride from Hanoi) (They postpone their date) (And hurry to get on the bus) (A bus that goes to his hometown) (Packed) (They barely found some seats) There are many people on the bus. So this is the bus. Did you miss me? Just a little. How’s work? It’s fine. It’s tough, but it won’t change the fact that I love you. – Really? / – Yeah. How’s studying Korean? I’m Vietnamese. – That’s all you learned? / – She’s good. I’m Dwi. I’m Dwi. – Her name is Dwi? / – Yes, that’s her name. – Twenty… / – Twenty years old. Twenty-what? – You’re twenty-three. / – That’s a good idea. You two practicing Korean together. No more? (A bus filled with love) Now they’re really in the countryside. Look at the herd of water buffalo. There are cows on the street? (Just drive around us if you’re in a hurry) (They arrive after 4 hours and 30 minutes) (Bye, Korean cameraman) (Watch out) (Thanh Hoa, Vietnam) It really is the countryside. (Located in northern Vietnam, known for rice) It’s not that different from the countryside in Korea. (The village that Hieu grew up in) (He can find his house with his eyes closed) Uncle! (Comes out bare-footed to greet his uncle) The nephew knows that there are gifts in that bag. (He’s finally home) (So many people) How have you all been? I’m back and I’m healthy. – How nice. / – That’s my father. – Your mother. / – That’s my mom. Let’s go inside. (What’s the first thing he does when he gets home?) – It’s a big family. / – Yes. After I return from a long journey, I pay my respects to my ancestors. (He pays his respects to his ancestors) This is very similar to Korea since we’re both influenced by Confucian culture. Give me a hug! The nephew is so cute. (Who are all these people?) This is my mother’s father. This is my mother’s mother. This is my uncle. These people are my family too. They’re my dad’s brothers. It’s a big family. (He was really worried about his grandmother) My grandma gets sick when the weather turns foul. Are you happy that Hieu is home? I’m very happy. I’m the oldest son. That’s right. (Time to bring out the gifts) It’s so hot these days. Lingzhi mushrooms are very good for you. Grandpa, uncle, you two should take this too. Always stay healthy. You need to buy a lot of gifts. Here it is! (The mini fan) (Is for his nephew) I bet he’ll love that fan. The 4-year-old nephew. Look? Isn’t that pretty? Say thank you. Thank you! (A kiss) They each have one. Those things run on batteries. (Hieu always brings gifts home for his family) (The biggest gift from Hieu is this house) I sent my parents money and they had this house built. A house… He bought them a house. With the money you made, Hieu? Yes. We didn’t have this display cabinet before. This is new. We upgraded from a small black and white TV to a big color TV. These are the awards and medals… The awards you got from Korea while you worked? – Those are from taekwondo. / – I see. (Proud of her son) He works so hard and he wins all these awards. It makes me so happy. Keep working hard and learning so you become an even greater person. – That’s your house? / – Yes. Wow, it looks nice. (A lot of cooking in the kitchen) (A special dish) What’s that? A pig snout? Pig snout? This is made from one entire pig. Uncle. Are you cooking, uncle? (He loves having his uncle around) (Warm) (The weather is very fickle in Vietnam) (Raining again?) (The rain won’t stop this party) It’s like a party for the entire neighborhood. Those are all Vietnamese dishes? Yes, that’s all Vietnamese food. It looks like Korean food. Is that blood sausage? That looks great! That look like Korean blood sausage. I saw Korean beef bone soup too. It looks just like Korean food. Korean blood sausage is stuffed with glass noodles. But in Vietnam, we add a lot of seasoned veggies. It’s tasty. (I wish good health for the entire family) (It’s been a year since he ate with his family) (Home cooking is the best) I bet that sauce is delicious. Sweet and tangy. Yes, the sauce is good. Eat this and be healthy. Work hard and make a lot of money. A chicken foot signifies that I should get going. It’s a tough job, but you should work hard. Eating chicken feet makes you run faster. I bet Vietnamese soccer players eat chicken feet all the time. (Chicken feet mean to perseverance through trials) (I’ll eat plenty of these and work harder) I’ve never seen unseasoned chicken feet. (Things haven’t been this noisy in a while) (I don’t want this to end) How many days were you there? I was there for 4 days. (Day 2 of his trip back home) (He visits a familiar place) That famous vale you talked about earlier? Where you first met your girlfriend? Yes, that’s right. (Going deeper into the mountains) (They walk for a while) (Trips and falls) It’s slippery. It cracked! It cracked? It’s fine. Yes, it’s fine. (No, it’s not fine) The watermelon in Vietnam is very sweet. Really? (They finally arrive at the vale) It’s so nice. I can hear the waterfall. (Come on in) (It’s so refreshing) (Refreshing just to watch) – What a nice vale. / – It really is nice. (This is where he spent time with his family) (And where he first met his girlfriend) Look how sweet they are together. This is a special place to them. (Happy) How will we eat this? Aha, I’ll use this. (What’s he going to do?) Watch. I didn’t have a knife. Because you didn’t have a knife. (Tears it open) Look at the color. It looks delicious. That’s the best way to enjoy watermelon. That’s how you’re supposed to eat it. (These two are so sweet together) I’m sure everything tastes sweet to them. I bet it’s delicious. (Am I the only one that’s feeling itchy?) (After a nice break) Come this way. (Why is he getting everyone together?) My friends want to come to Korea, but they have a lot of concerns. The young men that want to come to Korea. He’s holding a class. What’s the age range for migrant workers according to the migrant worker laws in Korea? For men and women, you have to be at least 18 and younger than 40. Is there a way to study and learn Korean here before going to work abroad? According to the Vietnamese poverty laws, if you live in a poor area designated by the government, you can learn Korean for free. You know all the laws too. He’s like a professor. For free? Yes, and they help you with the documents too. If you become a migrant worker, you’ll be able to help your families a lot. And you’ll also grow more as a person. I felt many things in Korea and I learned a lot. I improved myself. When I was living in Vietnam, I didn’t want to study. I just wanted to party. But after working in Korea, I learned so much and I learned how to work in a group setting. (He hopes this will help the young men of Vietnam) They listened to his every word. – What a remarkable guy. / – Yes. The more we see of him… He’s lived in a developed country and experienced the culture there. He’s like a cultural ambassador. – A veteran. / – They had many questions. You’ll go back to Vietnam eventually. I’ll probably go back next year. My 2nd contract will end then. I was really worried about going back home. I worry a lot, but I’ve been working hard and I’ve learned a lot. I think I’ll be fine once I go back to Vietnam. I love this side of him. He thinks of his future. You’re trying to learn as much as you can here for your future in Vietnam. – Don’t go! / – Don’t go! Korea needs you! Don’t go! I know his boss wouldn’t want him to leave. What if he’s like, “I won’t let you leave!” I’d like to keep working in Korea, but I really miss my parents and my family. (Bac Ninh, Vietnam) (For my future) – Hello. / – Hello. – Nice to meet you. / – Likewise. I’m Chan. (Chan started a business after working in Korea) He’s a businessman. He was formerly a migrant worker in Korea and now, he’s back in Vietnam? Yes, that’s right. In this person’s case… He came to Korea because he was in financial trouble. And through the work permit system, he worked here from 2011 to 2015. He’s been making plans for his family and he learned a lot while he was in Korea. He worked at a Korean company and now, he runs C&C himself. He’s like a role model for Hieu. This is my house. (A two-story house) – Such a nice house. / – Wow. Hello. This is my mother. This is my sister and my father-in-law. This my wife and my kids. (Chan lives with a big family of 11) This is wild ginseng wine. (Why is he talking about alcohol?) I’ve been aging this for 8 years. (All sorts of expensive alcohol at the entrance) (Is this a sign of wealth?) Rich Korean families have expensive alcohol like that too. (Is this a sign of wealth?) There’s a snake too? – Snake wine. / – Snake wine. Maybe he had three sons because of that snake wine. (This house was paid for by the money from Korea?) (That’s not true) (Then how did he afford this?) (This is the factory that Chan runs) – He runs this factory. / – He runs a factory? I have processing machines here. (He has 10 employees) (What’s important is what’s made here) What is this product used for? Follow me. It’s used for fuse boxes. It lets the electricity flow. The industrial electricity in Vietnam is high voltage, so this lets the electricity flow. I was the first person to make something like this in Vietnam. Wow! (Amazed) When I return to Vietnam in 1 year and 7 months, I’d like to learn how to make good products like this. (You’ll do just fine) That’s the person you have to be like. You have to make stuff like that too. After meeting with Chan, I found out that there are many products that can be made in Vietnam. But we don’t have the same technology and equipment they have in Korea. That’s why Vietnamese people have to learn vocational skills. Chan was a migrant worker in Korea like me. Now I want to achieve my dream even sooner. (He’ll go back to Korea in 2 days) (He’s all dressed up and he’s buying fruit?) (Who is he going to see?) I’m going to my girlfriend’s house and I’m bringing fruit as a gift. Look how dressed up he is. – He looks great in that outfit. / – He does. Let’s go! He should wear a nice shirt for his girlfriend. (He arrives at his girlfriend’s house) (Your future son-in-law is here) (Girlfriend’s dad, girlfriend’s mom) How are your parents and grandparents doing? They’re fine. Get change so we can go on a date. (I’ll be out soon) So tactless. He should’ve called 2 hours ahead of time to give his girlfriend time to get ready. That would give her plenty of time to get pretty. He just showed up and told her to get changed. (Waiting with his hands clasped together) (You’re a lucky guy) (Looking like a goddess in an ao dai) – So pretty. / – She got changed really fast. (Can’t look her in the eyes) It looks good on you. It’s pretty. Sir, ma’am, we’re going out now. Be safe out there. They’re riding a motorbike to go on a date. I want to date a Vietnamese man. We’re back at school. We didn’t know each other when we went there. (They went to the same middle school as kids) This was our school. I went to the same middle school as my girlfriend. But you didn’t know each other then? – We didn’t. / – Because of the age gap? (They go into a classroom with their hands held) Sit here. I prepared a small gift for you. Close your eyes, okay? Cover your eyes. Not yet. I’m so curious. He hid something there. – He prepared all this. / – Beforehand. (Hieu prepared a surprise gift) Open your eyes. (What’s this?) He’s such a romantic guy. You’ve been by my side for a long time. I think we have a good foundation. Will you love me even more and stay by my side? I will. (I love you) (The surprise proposal gift) (What’s this?) I bought that gift in Korea. – I hope it’s not a mini fan. / – A mini fan… (No way) (Mandarin ducks represent a close couple) Mandarin ducks. That’s meaningful. In Korea, mandarin ducks mean that we’ll always be together and love each other. One for you and one for me. Let’s live like this. (He has more responsibilities now that he’ll get married) (But he’s even happier now too) (Hieu and Dwi) It’s like a Vietnamese drama. (It’s time to go back to Korea) Time sure flew by. The time… (Trying to stay composed) Be healthy, grandma. Look after grandpa. (They know they’ll see each other again soon) I know how that feels. Gosh, look at his mother. (It’s never easy to say good-bye) I’ll go work hard and I’ll be back. Take care of yourself. The kid… – How cute. / – He’s putting a smile on my face. (He left his family for Korea at age 20) – I’m going to miss him so much. / – Of course. I hope he’s healthy when he comes back to us. (He’ll be back as an even better son at age 30) Hard for the person leaving and the people waiting. What do I have to do for my family to live comfortably? Things will be tough when I come back to Vietnam, but I think I’ll be fine no matter what I do. I want to live a happy life. That’s what I wish for. His backside… He’s not leaving to go do something fun. He’s leaving to work really hard. I imagine it’s heart-breaking for his family to watch him leave when he has such a hard time ahead of him. You kept crying as you were watching the clip. I saw Seokcheon cry too. I’m from the countryside too. I came to the big city to make money and become successful. I was so proud when I went back home a success. And I got to see that again today. Yes… I was so happy. I got to see my parents and my family. I saw how well they were doing. Nobody was sick. That alone made me so happy. Hieu, you’re learning how to operate an excavator on the weekends. You’re really working hard to prepare yourself to get a good job in Vietnam. I had an idea of what to do when I return to Vietnam. But that’s going to be too hard, so I have to think of something else. I’m trying to learn as much as I can here. He’s thinking of what to do when he returns to his home country… So goal-oriented. – And he’s preparing himself. / – That’s right. He gets different licenses on the weekends. He plays soccer to stay in shape. I loved playing soccer as a kid. Do you like Coach Park Hangseo? I love him! How popular is Coach Park Hangseo in Vietnam? – I’m curious. / – Second after the president. – Yes, that’s true. / – Really? – It’s true. / – Just like Coach Park Hangseo… He knows all about our advanced culture. I hope he can use that to change his homeland. I imagine your 8 years in Korea has been meaningful for you, Hieu. I went through a lot of hardships when I first came to Korea. The culture and language were different. I couldn’t communicate with my co-workers. But now, I work well with my co-workers and I’ve gotten used to Korean food. I’ve put in a lot of effort to get used to this foreign country. In the distant future, I hope for a stable life. I know I can learn a lot of useful skills while I’m in Korea. This is Korea’s biggest holiday. To the migrant workers and their Korean employers… Please be good to each other. That’s all I want. I hope you’re all good to each other. Hieu, congratulations in advance on your wedding. I hope you have a great wedding. And as long as you work hard like you do now, you’ll be successful in no time. – Yes, thank you. / – That’s what I think. I hope you use your time in Korea wisely before you head back to your home country. Thank you for being here today. – Thank you. / – Thank you. – Thank you. / – Good luck! That’s the end of today’s show. Thank you to all those that tuned in. Good-bye. – Happy Chuseok! / – Happy Chuseok! – We love you! / – Thank you.