05 August, 2016

In order to live: a North Korean girl's journey to freedom by Yeonmi Park

The subtitle of the book is “A North Korean girl’s journey to freedom”. Yeonmi Park descried her experience as a North Korea girl escaping to South Korea via main land China and Mongolia; what is like living in a dictated country; trafficker trade in the border between North Korea and China and how the political relations between North Korea, China and Mongolia decided the fate of thousands of North Korean escapees.

I was strongly drawn by Yeonmi’s presentation of her time adjusting to life in South Korea— The tremendous impact caused by the huge differences of living in a materialistic culture; In the throe of struggling to learn to live a life of freedom, while dealing with the subtle or overt discrimination from the community. 

What impressed me most is how she overcame difficulty, came out of the shadow of the past, and shook off the thoughts and worldview produced by the propaganda pouring into her mind while growing up in North Korea.  

It is great to see that Yeonmi Park started a new life - a life that was more than just survival, a life with the purpose of embracing something bigger than herself.

It is a great book to read!

Title: In order to live: a North Korean girl's journey to freedom
Author: Yeonmi Park

Recommended by Honour Z, Northcote Library

Honour Z works at Northcote Library. She loves reading biographies and nonfiction in general.

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