People who have been subjected to abuse of any kind at an early stage in their life might feel connected in some ways to Yeonmi Park’s disheartening and tragic past, evident in The Guardian publishing of an exclusive interview featuring- Yeonmi Park:
I hope my book will shine a light on the darkest places in the world.
Her views of the world and outspokenness about the wickedness and inhumane treatment brought upon the people of North Korea by the Kim Jong-un dynasty, has however found a way into the heart of several million sympathizers who could only picture in their minds the agonizing moments reiterated in her story.
Who Is Yeonmi Park?
Yeonmi Park is one of the many successful defectors from North Korea desperate enough to escape the tyranny of the Kim Jong-un dictatorship. Yeonmi Park, a Human Rights Activitist also became a renowned phenomenon as memories from her childhood; about the famine in North Korea, defection, human trafficking around northern China, and other bitter experiences were relived in the heart of millions.
She and her mother fled North Korea for China in 2007 when she was thirteen (13) years old. Yeonmi Park was born on 4th October 1993 in the city of Hyesan, North Korea.
Journey Away From Home
When it was 2007, Yeonmi Park’s older sister at the age of sixteen (16) successfully escaped to China. Yeonmi Park and her mother also escaped shortly after, and once across the China border, they found themselves in a network of human trafficking where they fell victims to incidents of rape and abuse.
Yeonmi Park’s mother was sold to be the bride to a Chinese farmer in the countryside, while she- Yeonmi Park became mistress through a business arrangement with her smuggler, and with a promise to later re-unite her with her parent. With intent of fulfilling his promise, the smuggler bought back Yeonmi Park’s mother from the Chinese farmer, after which he successfully smuggled the father into China. Tragically, the father died of colon cancer weeks later. Yeonmi Park was fourteen (14) years old at the time.
On the night of March 2009, Yeonmi and her mother after hearing from a fellow defector about South Korea granting refugee status to defectors, and with the help of some Christian Missionaries to cross the border between China and Mongolia, they successfully made their entry into South Korea. The sister later joined them in South Korea where they settled for a while. Yeonmi Park later travelled to the United States- Chicago, where she found love.
Yeonmi Park Age
Yeonmi Park is currently 26 years old.
Yeonmi Park Husband And Children
Yeonmi Park is happily married to Ezekiel, who is an American, and had a son in March 2018.
Yeonmi Park Memoir/Book
Her memoir In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom was released in the fall 2015.
Yeonmi Park Movie -While They Watched
Yeonmi Park starred in the movie “while they watched” released in August 2015. It was a documentary about North Korea, set in the future after the Kim Jong-un regime would have collapsed. The movie questioned the inaction and morality of regional and world leaders towards the Kim Jong-un dictatorship.
Yeonmi Park Controversy
Yeonmi Park no doubt was a victim, however some people are still in doubt about the accuracy of episodes from the past she’d painted for the whole world along with stories about the present condition of people in North Korea. Because there were a lot of contradictions with same stories told to a different audience many times over, one might wonder if it was an attempt at gaining sympathy from the various kind of audience eager to listen to stories about her tragic past and the current condition of people in North Korea, this had only beget more suspicion and it made them question her truth.
Was there any truth to her story at all? Could it be that the trauma has messed up her brain pretty bad and now she’s suffering from memory relapse? Why are there so much inconsistencies? Can she herself trust whatever she’d thought to be the truth all along?
Mary Ann Jolley- one of her critique had confronted her on the inconsistencies evident in her story any time it was reiterated. Yeonmi Park attributed this to be a result of language barrier and therefore, miscommunication. She made it clear that it was for that reason she kept on learning English as a language, in order to improve and be a better advocate for her people. The truth will one day prevail. We can remember Yeonmi had once said on a talk show on BBC radio that lies were not built to last a lifetime.