Minari and the Real Korean-American Immigrants Who Have Farmed U.S. Soil for More Than a Century

Asian Americans have been farming around the United States for generations. Only recently have Korean American farmers been recognized in Minari.

When the filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung began writing a movie based on his childhood as the son of a Korean immigrant farmer in Arkansas, he worried about how it might resonate on a wider level. “I used to not trust that specificity about my own self: I didn’t think it would be interesting to people,” he tells TIME. “I felt like my experiences were so particular and strange.”

Before the film’s release, TIME asked several Korean-American farmers to watch the film and reflect on the aspects of it that resonated. Here are their stories, and the history that paved the way for them.

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