EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US is a work of fiction inspired by stories Grace heard from her parents about their college years. Grace’s parents met as freshmen while her father was at Seoul National University and her mother was at Ewha Woman’s University. Her father’s memories of the political climate during these years sparked Grace’s initial ideas for the novel, but neither of her parents were student activists. Grace’s mother, like Namin, grew up in Miari and was the first student in her working class town to test into the prestigious Kyungki Middle School, where she met her lifelong best friend. Living in Seoul and New Jersey, they are still best friends to this day. Grace’s mother was put through college by her older sister, who worked for a company selling pianos. Grace’s aunt raised two children and is a talented florist in Leonia, New Jersey.