Brant Pelphrey


As Interviewed by Nathaniel Enis, March 21, 2019
"We had nine refugees living there. They were there secretly...it turned out that one of those nine was a spy."
Brant Pelphrey

Introductory Profile: About Brant Pelphrey

For my project, I interviewed my grandpa, Brant Pelphrey. He was born and raised in Austin Texas and lived in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years doing missionary work for the Lutheran church. It is to note that at this time, Hong Kong was the property of Great Britain. Hong Kong wouldn't become a part of China until 1997. He lived there along with my grandma, my mom, and my two uncles. The interview took place at my house. He drove over from his home in San Antonio. We ate lunch, then sat down at my table, and began. Overall he was very kind and passionate about everything. He has a Ph.D. in theology, and during his time in Hong Kong, he taught theological students in graduate school, while his wife, Sharon taught Vietnamese refugees.

After the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, he provided sanctuary for people fleeing from the communist Chinese government. He and his family later attended a number of large protests regarding this issue. In this interview, he accounts for his experience with the refugees, their account of the massacre, the protests he attended, and even his encounter with a communist spy. He played an important role in helping people get through the traumatizing experiences of Tiananmen Square while guiding them to safety.