Plants at Home Depot.
My maternal grandfather, Keum Whan Chang, was born and raised in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, and immigrated legally to Hawaii in 1904 after signing a contract as a laborer for the sugar plantation. He was met at the dock in Honolulu by his boss and then lived for many years in Hawaii until his death in 1963 at the age of 79, a few months shy of his 80th birthday. He died a millionaire, having amassed a fortune in real estate.
This is one of the parcels he owned in Honolulu (a 2 story house and a 3 story apartment building). I lived in the house with my maternal grandmother while I attended the University of Hawaii, graduating in 1968:
My maternal grandparents, Keum Whan Chang and Do Yun Hong, were honored by the South Korean government in 2002 as “Patriots of Korea.” Their bodies were exhumed from a cemetery in Hawaii and cremated. Their ashes were transported in urns to Seoul, South Korea and were buried with full military honors in the Korean National Memorial Cemetery. They are considered heroes, because they led the liberation movement against Japanese colonization.
David and I attended their funeral and burial in Seoul, South Korea in 2002 with great pride. We stayed in Seoul for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
My friend, Helge, stayed in Pyongyang, North Korea for 8 days in 1990, attending an international seminar regarding “Creativity.” It was open to scientists from all over the world. Helge told me North Korea is very mountainous and very beautiful. Since Grandpa was born and raised in Pyongyang, I assume he has many relatives still living there. It’s too bad that there are no diplomatic relations between North Korea and the USA. I guess I will never get to see Pyongyang.