Escape From North Korea

Escape From North Korea

The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the harrowing stories of people who have successfully escaped North Korea, via first China then Southeast Asia or Mongolia and finally to South Korea, the United States and other free countries.

Perseus Publishing
From the world’s most repressive state comes rare good news: the escape to freedom of a small number of its people. It is a crime to leave North Korea. Yet increasing numbers of North Koreans dare to flee. They go first to neighboring China, which rejects them as criminals, then on to Southeast Asia or Mongolia, and finally to South Korea, the United States, and other free countries. They travel along a secret route known as the new underground railroad.

With a journalist’s grasp of events and a novelist’s ear for narrative, Melanie Kirkpatrick tells the story of the North Koreans’ quest for liberty. Travelers on the new underground railroad include women bound to Chinese men who purchased them as brides, defectors carrying state secrets, and POWs from the Korean War held captive in the North for more than half a century. Their conductors are brokers who are in it for the money as well as Christians who are in it to serve God. The Christians see their mission as the liberation of North Korea one person at a time.

Just as escaped slaves from the American South educated Americans about the evils of slavery, the North Korean fugitives are informing the world about the secretive country they fled. Escape from North Korea describes how they also are sowing the seeds for change within North Korea itself. Once they reach sanctuary, the escapees channel news back to those they left behind. In doing so, they are helping to open their information-starved homeland, exposing their countrymen to liberal ideas, and laying the intellectual groundwork for the transformation of the totalitarian regime that keeps their fellow citizens in chains.

From the world’s most repressive state comes rare good news: the escape to freedom of a small number of its people. It is a crime to leave North Korea. Yet increasing numbers of North Koreans dare to flee. They go first to neighboring China, which rejects them as criminals, then on to Southeast Asia or Mongolia, and finally to South Korea, the United States, and other free countries. They travel along a secret route known as the new underground railroad.

With a journalist’s grasp of events and a novelist’s ear for narrative, Melanie Kirkpatrick tells the story of the North Koreans’ quest for liberty. Travelers on the new underground railroad include women bound to Chinese men who purchased them as brides, defectors carrying state secrets, and POWS from the Korean War held captive in the North for more than half a century. Their conductors are brokers who are in it for the money as well as Christians who are in it to serve God. The Christians see their mission as the liberation of North Korea one person at a time.

Just as escaped slaves from the American South educated Americans about the evils of slavery, the North Korean fugitives are informing the world about the secretive country they fled. The New Underground Railroad describes how they also are sowing the seeds for change within North Korea itself. Once they reach sanctuary, the escapees channel news back to those they left behind. In doing so, they are helping to open their information-starved homeland, exposing their countrymen to liberal ideas, and laying the intellectual groundwork for the transformation of the totalitarian regime that keeps their fellow citizens in chains.


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Kirkpatrick, a journalist and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute, investigates the new underground railroad transporting escapees from repressive North Korea into China and then on to other countries. She draws on interviews with North Korean refugees to tell the stories of those who flee even under penalty of death, and on interviews with the humanitarian organizations and Christian missionaries who help them. She also interviews government and military officials in many countries who deal with the refugee crisis, and describes the efforts of North Korean fugitives to help their countrymen by bringing them information and news. In her discussion of the impact of policies that have affected the North Korean refugees, she concentrates on China's strict repatriation policies. The book includes b&w photos. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781594036330
1594036330
Branch Call Number: 305.9069 K
Characteristics: xi, 350 p., [8] p. of plates:,ill., maps ;,24 cm

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Aug 13, 2016

Instead of reading this book, read one of the several out recently by young women who actually did the risky and forbidden journey of escaping from North Korea, and getting at least one female relative (sister and/or mother) out with her. I suggest books by Park,Yeonmi and Lee, Hyeonseo.

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