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Mr. Paik (Korean: 백) is the CEO of the South Korean corporation Paik Heavy Industries, as revealed in "D.O.C." Mr. Paik is Sun's father and Jin's father-in-law, as well as Jin's employer. According to an overheard conversation in "D.O.C." as well as information from The Lost Experience, Mr. Paik and Paik Heavy Industries have significant business dealings with the Hanso Foundation and the Widmore Corporation. Paik Heavy Industries seems to be involved in various manufacturing industry sectors, including motor and vehicle manufacture under the names Paik Motors and Paik Automotive.
Before the crash
interupts her father's business dealings. ("D.O.C.")
As a child, Sun accidentally broke her father's glass ballerina. When he asked her about it, she denied and blamed the maid. Mr. Paik chose to take his daughter's word and subsequently fired the maid. ("The Glass Ballerina")
Mr. Paik arranged for Sun to meet Jae Lee, the wealthy son of the owner of the Seoul Gateway Hotel and the hotel's General Manager, through his wife Mrs. Paik because he thought that it was time for Sun to be married. ("...And Found")
After meeting Sun and falling in love with her, Jin asks Mr. Paik for permission to marry Sun. Upon observing Jin's sincerity, Mr. Paik consents to their marriage. However, Mr. Paik asks Jin to become an employee of Paik Heavy Industries as his personal "assistant" in return. ("House of the Rising Sun") ("...In Translation")
After their marriage, Jin's mother attempts to blackmail Sun, demanding $100,000 in return for not revealing to the public that Jin's mother was a prostitute. Sun goes to her father's office to ask him for the money that she needs to pay her off, but Mr. Paik is unwilling to give the money to her without knowing what it is for. Sun tells her father that she knows what he really does for a living, has always pretended otherwise, and will continue to do so if he gives her the money she needs.
When Mr. Paik doesn't give in, Sun admits that she needs the money to spare embarrassment to someone she loves. Sensing that this someone is Jin, Mr. Paik gives her the money, but warns her that, as the money is for Jin, the debt will be on Jin's head and he will work directly for Mr. Paik from then on, presumably in the line of work Sun has pretended her father does not do. After a moment of hesitation, Sun takes the money and leaves without saying a word. ("D.O.C.")
Mr. Paik finds out about an affair between Sun and Jae Lee, but instead of telling Jin about it, Mr. Paik lies and tells him that Jae was stealing from him, demanding that Jin kill Jae Lee to restore the family's honor. Paik later confronted his daughter at Jae Lee's funeral, after he commited suicide, and said he wouldn't tell Jin about her affair because it is not his place; but she should return home to her husband. ("The Glass Ballerina")
After the rescue
Mr. Paik and his wife greet Sun at the military base where the Oceanic 6 are brought upon their return. Sun later confronts him, saying he is partly to blame for Jin's death, as he hated Jin and they would not have been on the plane were it not for him. He begins to admonish Sun for speaking to him in this manner, but is shocked to learn that she has used the money from her settlement with Oceanic Airlines to purchase a controlling interest in his company. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
The Lost Experience
Mr. Paik and his business interests are mentioned multiple times in The Lost Experience; according to Rachel Blake's fourth Copenhagen Video, Rachel overheard a conversation between Thomas Mittelwerk and Minsu, an apparent representative of Paik Heavy Industries, mentioning that "Mr. Paik" is building a custom ship (the Helgus Antonius) for the Hanso Foundation. In addition, a letter hidden in a password-protected section of thehansofoundation.org by Rachel Blake between Dr. Mittelwerk and Hoo-Goh Choi (a Korean minister) strongly suggested a link between Paik and The Hanso Foundation:
Dr. Mittelwerk, in recent years, my honorable government has turned a blind eye to the questionable activities of your off-shore research station due to the lucrative business partnerships the Hanso Group has offered the proud people of this nation. Your joint venture with Paik Motors, for example, is a matter of great national pride, and we wish to continue doing that level of business with your firm.
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- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Mr. Paik/Theories