The Korean word ‘guk’ (or ‘gook’) means ‘country’, and it has been speculated that this was the origin of the titular slur of Justin Chon’s second feature. Early in the film, the eleven-year old Kamilla asks Eli, played by the writer/director, what America is called in Korean. Eli replies wryly, acutely aware of the slur spray-painted on his car. “That’s my favorite one. Miguk.” It rolls off his tongue as Me Gook.