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The Vivid Landscape of a North Korean Defector

Yeonmi Park has drawn readers into her world. She has left many readers of “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” with tears in their eyes. She has created a book that will be discussed for years to come. Right now, however, Yeonmi Park is getting a lot of discussion about the book in a way that she was not quite prepared for. Park has been interviewing a lot to discuss the credibility of this book. That is a big deal because negative comments can put a dent in the human rights activist platform that Yeonmi is creating. What Yeonmi has managed to do is take on the naysayers with interviews on Youtube where she comes to her own defense on the various topics in the book. She has stated that she was ashamed about some things that have happened in her life. Those things may have been crowded in mystery in the book. There have been some alterations to her narrative in terms of what happened and what was written out of shame. There are other things that have been altered out of her lack of memory. She is clear, however, on the starvation. She has stated that lack of food was constant, and access to food gave her an immeasurable sense of happiness. Her transition has truly been amazing, and people that read the book for the first time will be impressed. The memory lapses by Yeonmi Park will not take away from the overall journey that this child went through to get to where she is today. What naysayers will realize is that it is not about the individual events that are taking place. To the contrary, this a lot more about the sum total of the experiences that led Yeonmi Park to the Guardian a platform for human rights activist. Park does not want these same harsh times to fall upon any other young North Korean girls. Her autobiography paints a graphic scene of the cruelty that she endured, but it also paints a picture of desperation that inspires people to do something about the situation.