The Sun Is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
Contributed by Carey Speaks
Chapter 51-60
Summary

The story continues with Natasha’s perspective in Chapter Fifty-one. Both Daniel and her enter the beauty supply store, and she believes it looks just like any other hair store. He tries to make her feel comfortable, but Charlie ruins the mood with his irritating behavior. His father also expresses his racist stance in attempting to force her to take a hair relaxer. All this embarrasses Daniel, where he becomes vulgar before the two leaves the store. Natasha finds the experience in the store mesmerizing, for she cannot stop laughing. Daniel, on the other hand, apologizes for everything — from the asshole brother to the racist dad. In the next chapter, In “Hair: A Korean American History”, the narrator gives an account of the events that led to South Koreans dominating the US hair industry.

Moving on, Daniel thanks Natasha for not hating him and decides to take her out for lunch in Koreatown. They sit side-by-side on the train, and he wants them to continue with the questions from the lab research on love. He smells her hair, and she notices; he has to tell the truth. Natasha wonders about his description of her hair smelling like rain. She admits that she is not poetic, but she still likes the description. They become close again, and answers the question about their relationships with their parents. She claims that the love between her and her dad has faded and that parent-child love is not a universal element. At that moment, the narrator diverges to “Samuel Kingsley: A History of Regret, Part 2” where she talks about the meeting of Samuel and Patricia back in Jamaica, and how the growth of their love led to their current family.

Daniel says that Korean food is the best and orders for both of them. Natasha seems to like the food despite the lousy attitude of the waitress. They talk about different things, including culture, and the hard time they get while trying to explain their identities to other people.

Analysis

The reaction from Natasha and the way she handles the situation while at the hair care shop shows that she understands the concept of family and the difficulties it may cause. She manages to remain calm in a hostile situation, an indication that she had experienced this before. Daniel’s dad is simply himself around the teenagers, and the racism he projects is not intentional but rather a developed behavior embraced after coming to the U.S. Charlie is mean and happy for he knows that Daniel showing up with a black girl will divert the extreme attention and disappointment from the parents. The chapter on the history of Korean hair portrays the reasons behind Daniel’s parents choosing the hair care business, as well as the overall dominance of the Korean community in the business.

Daniel is a cautious individual, and he cares about the image he presents to other people, especially to Natasha. His apologetic nature is sincere, and it signifies that he wants to keep things straight with her. His decision to take her to Koreatown for lunch means he intends to give her a different Korean experience, a better version of the Korean culture. Apart from that, he loves and adores his mother, and that is the way he references her before ordering the food at the restaurant.

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