In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

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In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

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Regardless of politics, Park’s story also helped me to see America through the eyes of refugees from other countries. This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from China across the Gobi desert to Mongolia, with only the stars to guide her way, and from there to South Korea and at last to freedom; and finally her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.

Es 1984 pero real, está pasando ahora mismo en Corea del Norte, y lo peor de todo es que cuando consiguen escapar del país, los "desertores" están expuestos a las mafias de trata de blancas. It doesn't matter that in some of those appearances she was wearing a lot of makeup (even her classmates failed to recognize her and first) and also had a fake name. Kudos, Madam Park for this honest portrayal of the pains of your motherland and trying to recalibrate in a society only too happy to pile on the criticism. Split into three parts to document her escape from North Korea, set in NK, China and South Korea, the account is heartbreaking, fascinating and punctuated by the odd bit of humour that translates perfectly from the personality I met - she learned early to hide her suffering behind a mask.

Park's surprising openness about the problems with freedom should not be taken lightly by the reader, as she makes a strong case about the perils of removing those who had no choices and supersaturating them with options and pathways. With a few notable exceptions, the men in your story are monsters, exploiting women for gain or pleasure. Honestly, I would have expected that by now some sort of boycott should have happened out of respect for actual rape victims, human traffic victims and oppressed people in general. They fled to China, where Park and her mother fell into the hands of human traffickers and was sold into slavery before escaping to Mongolia.

This book also reconfirms why we need to treat immigrants and refugees with respect, help and understanding. I went into this book sure that I would come out with a ton of information grounded in reality, not solely western propaganda seeking to kick the Kim family around and exploit their suppressive ways. Growing up in North Korea, Park offers the reader some history of the country and the autocratic Kim Family dynasty, some of which directly related to her own ancestors' story.In the meantime, the love theme is casually inserted in the story, when a rich, smart, cool and older (I am running out of adjectives) kid falls for the 13 year Park, despite the social class gap. To comment on an obvious political correlation, we peek into what life is like when the government controls the lives, history, religion, and discourses of their people.

As someone who has experienced various forms of assault I also understand if some things have only recently come out because she was ashamed or uncomfortable talking about them. This is one of the most frustrating readings I had, not because the writing is bad (on the contrary, the touch of a well versed editor is obvious), but because I simply cannot understand how a story that clearly has A LOT of holes in it can be held in such a high regard. Everything that Yeonmi Park has overcome and everything she has achieved since her escape is incredible.

As Yeonmi Park mentions in her book, “We all travel our own desserts, no matter where you come from. Doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, YA, or any other genre, this is a book that everyone must read. I would be interested to understand the author's spiritual and psychological journey in the face of all of the trials. The love theme is then reintroduced with the entrance of a new bigger "gangster" who kidnaps and also tries to rape her. We could do far more to accommodate and help refugees, to care for them, and believe in them to start anew.

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