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My 'Greenlight to Freedom'
Growing up in North Korea, I was a tomboy who wanted to play, run and wrestle. I was so active, I had so much energy, and I was constantly in motion as a child.
North Korean artist pursues her dream
I was destined to be an artist. My father was an artist in North Korea and when I was there, I became interested in art from a young age. I was 14 years old when I started learning painting in earnest.
Blackmailing from China
Sometimes it is difficult for North Korean women to tell their stories because people may judge the situation without understanding how desperate some North Koreans are in China.
We escaped together
In 2007, I decided to escape from North Korea because it was getting more difficult for my family to survive.
When will North Korea release my father?
I cannot express my gratitude enough to Freedom Speakers International, which made the campaign “Bring My Father Home” possible. Without their support, I would probably be standing alone at the back gate of the government complex, calling for the repatriation of my father and making a scene by weeping in distress.
Rep. Tae Yong-ho explains essentials of North Korea
In 2016, I defected from North Korea and came to South Korea for freedom. Today, I am honored to tell you about North Korea. As you know, it is very difficult to understand North Korea because North Korea is a place where you cannot go; it may seem like a very remote place. I would like to tell you about some of the main aspects of North Korea.
Many North Koreans are still searching for freedom in South
I am not a politician, nor am I a policymaker of any kind. At least not yet. I am a teenage girl born and raised beneath the border of Gangwon Province, who nurtured her curiosity of the world while being surrounded by the remnants of war. I am a proud student of the Korean Minjok Leadership Academy who was taught to speak out on my beliefs. Most importantly, I am one of the ...
On 'Squid Game:' A reaction from a North Korean defector
I am a North Korean defector now living in the United States. After I finished watching “Squid Game,” the first thought that came to mind is that the North Korean regime would try to use this film for propaganda purposes.
Are 'North Korean defectors' traitors?
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, has accused North Koreans in South Korea of being defectors, describing us as “traitors and trash.” I think many of you have seen Kim Yo-jong in the media. One of her roles is being the speaker who blames South Korea.
Working with North Korean refugees and their angels
My first year in Korea a friend of mine gave me a copy of a book called, “Nothing to Envy.” I was completely consumed by the stories of the six North Koreans who eventually escaped to freedom. Their real-life experiences hit me in a way similar to the first time I read stories detailing Nazi concentration camps, the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge, or the excruciating...