90 Miles From Tyranny : What Is Life Really Like in North Korea? One Woman’s Story

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What Is Life Really Like in North Korea? One Woman’s Story

As the left strives for a utopian leftist existence, they do not need to look far for an example.

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee believed that her country was the best on the planet.

She believed that Americans were evil, South Koreans were starving to death and North Koreans were better off than everybody else. Every North Korean believes this.

She discusses this at length in her new novel, “The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story,” and spoke with The Daily Signal about her experiences as well.

As Lee explains, propagandized since birth, the people of North Korea know nothing of what life is like outside their own borders. The brutal dictatorships of Kim Jong-un and his predecessors Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung have socially engineered a system void of any freedoms whatsoever, and have positioned themselves as the sole source of information in the country.

“Three generations of Kim regime leadership brutally repressed the people, to the point where the North Korean people don’t even realize that there is something beyond North Korea,” said Olivia Enos, research associate in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. “And it’s not getting better.”

There is a complete lack of freedom of thought and belief in the North Korea Lee grew up in: no freedom of the press, no freedom of movement and no freedom of speech. Nights are pitch-black due to power outages or lack of electricity, neighbors and friends are encouraged to spy on one another and becoming pregnant by a Chinese man is punishable by death.

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  1. A lot of things don't follow with this woman. If she thought the rest of the world was worse than NorK, why would she have left? She says she didn't find out different until she was in China, which simply doesn't make sense. She could easily be a plant. Or a typical twit. Either way, the count is way off.

  2. This is bs! This is propaganda! NK is a great country. The government provides everything for the people. They feed them. Ok. It's not a seven course meal. Ok. It's not even a two course meal. Unless you count the grass and tree bark. Everyone has a job with a livable wage. Ok. So they're not productive or fulfilling jobs. Yeah. The wages aren't that livable either. They could have a $15/hr minimum wage there. The commies in America could show them just how to implement it. They're provided with energy too: wind and solar power. It's a communist utopia, I tell you! The pitch black at night makes it great for stargazing, also. Eat your heart out, capitalist!

  3. You are a fool. They send people over all the time, for spying and whatever else. Why do you think academia is the way it is? Idiot. Then again, plants need native supporters.


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