My Escape from North Korea Yeonmi Park

College Freedom Forum at Yale University
March 26, 2015

In her talk, Yeonmi Park describes her childhood in North Korea and her unlikely escape to South Korea. She describes the harsh reality that people face in North Korea, where everything is decided and rationed by the regime. Yet, Park also talks about a new hope–the young Black Market Generation that is getting access to foreign movies and media. This influx of outside information can change North Korea, says Park. She also tells about her personal journey: her father’s imprisonment, the horrors her family faced in China, and her ultimate refuge in South Korea. Park reminds us that all people have the right to freedom and equality.