Escaping North Korea: A Defector’S Journey

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Asia Society Texas Center says
Every year, thousands of North Koreans make the perilous journey across the border in hopes of a new and better life. They must risk their own lives and the safety of their family members to escape a secretive society which does not allow them to move of their own free will. Defectors know that it is unlikely that they will ever return to their homeland and that any loved ones staying in North Korea may encounter reprisal by the government. Two decades ago, Hyeonseo Lee was one of the lucky defectors who crossed into China. Since then, she has started her life over in South Korea and has become an advocate for North Korean refugees with the same challenges she faced as a young woman. Join Asia Society for a discussion about growing up in North Korea, the dangers of defecting, and the resolve to rebuild one’s life. Jieun Baek, author of North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society, will add to the dialogue, drawing on research for a recent book and giving a scholarly perspective of contemporary North Korea.


6:00 pm | Reception
7:00 pm | Program
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By: Asia Society Texas Center

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