Teaching Without Payment KIM Heuy-yong Before I finally got out of North Korea, I was a teacher in middle school, which I never dreamed of in my life. I was forced to take the job, regardless of my opinion, which was one of the unattractive jobs unwilling to be taken in North Korea. It was required to work in schools for a given period, designated by the N.K. government, after graduation from..
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The Life of an Ethnic Japanese Residing in North Korea SEO Jeong-Shim MY FAMILY BACKGROUND I was born in Shin-ey-ju, 1972. Both of my parents were ethnic Japanese residing in North Korea; my father from Hiroshima and my mother from Tokyo. In Shin-ey-ju, there were some Japanese who later marry each other. What I considered most among others was so called family tree when I first met my husband a..
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How We Could Escape from North Korea KIM Ey-jun When hearing about the escape plan from my husband, I was on the edge worrying about the uncertain future waiting for us. Nevertheless, I, as most housewives do, could not but acquiesce without complaints. I became anxious about such mishaps as our drowning deep into the ocean including four children, daughter in law, and my grand child. I felt som..
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The Black Market in North Korea (2) KIM Ey-jun HOW TO MAKE CORN SOUP It’s been a long time since corn became the staple food. We call a corn, ground as small as rice, “rice” which we either made into porridge or steamed. When we make porridge we mix it with diced weed and add salt, which, as you may think, is tasteless. In winter, we mixed Kim-chi with the corn. We could not make much, as ..
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The Black Market in North Korea (1) Kim, Ey-jun I was born as a daughter of a farmer in 1943 when Korea was under Japanese Regime. My hometown is North Ypong-an province where I graduated middle and high school. I worked in a farm, following his footstep and married a man, arranged by my ant in 1967. Come to think of it, we couldn’t expect such a glorified period when we didn’t suffer fro..
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The Execution I Witnessed HANNorth Korean Defector My father, Han, Tae-seop, who was born on February 14 1940, once had been a vice chief in Seok-su-ri, Yon-sa-kun, North Ham-kyong province as a member of North Korean Workers' Party. He passed away in 1995 in a car accident while he was in charge of animal farming in Sam-po-ri, Yon-sa-kun, North Ham-kyong province. My mother, Kim, Ran, ..
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My Life in the Labor Camp BANG Seong-un North Korean Defector Arrested North Korean defectors who escaped from NK to China are brought to a Labor camp at Nong-po dong, Song-pyoung gu, Cheong-jin, in Ham-kyoung province. The life in the labor camp, which I’ve heard in horror since childhood, carved a big scar on my mind. Time schedule of the labor camp was as follows. 5:30 ~7:00 preliminary wor..
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"The Third Area"in Russian Territory (3) LEE Young Il"The Underground Cell" in the Mission Building. In May 1994, a mission building moved to a new one that was at the edge of the city. Before moving to a new mission building, the building had been only a two-storied wooden building near the heart of the city. However, a new mission building was constructed at the end of 1993, with a new mission..
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"The Third Area" in Russian Territory (2)LEE Young Il My Boyhood and Youth My childhood life in Nampo Revolutionary Academy was just like that of military army, and then I lived with my parents for 4 years, and again enlisted in the army. More than that, my first life as a private soldier was in reconnoitering company where I found it hard to live. The next systematical life in the military acad..
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"The Third Area" in Russian Territory LEE Young Il After the last customs inspection at Doo Man River station in N.K., our train started to move. A long-tail train boarded by general people when it had originally left Pyongyang, only two cars remained when we finally entered into Russian territory from Doo Man River Station, the last station in N.K. It took as long as 7 minutes for my train to s..
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