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After Escape: Yeonmi Park’s Wide Ranging Activism

For those who are unfamiliar with Yeonmi Park, she is a North Korean refugee who fled the country in her youth along with her family (a venture which pitted her wits against those of a human trafficker and her wills against the breadth of the Gobi Desert, which she and her family crossed on foot to achieve freedom). Today she still remembers the horrors of Kim Jong-Il’s regime and desires to change the country as well as other nations who suffer under the iron fist of dictatorship. To this end she has rose to great prominence for her outspoken and candid views on North Korea, their leadership and totalitarianism in general.

Ever since her escape from North Korea with her family and the inception of her political and moral campaign she has been traveling the world over and speaking on various different mediums. Most recently she has appeared on a South Korean television network focusing on film, television, music and politics. Yeonmi has also appeared as the co-host of a internet talk show focused on major and trending topics in the Korean world, specifically on things happening in South Korea.

This year her book, In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom (co-authored by Maryanne Vollers), was published by Penguin Press. It is a autobiography which detail her brainwashed youth and upbringing under the reign of Kim Jong-un were she was told that the supreme leader could literally read minds. It also recounts her flight to South Korea with her family later on in her life and the perils, hardships and inequalities which leader her family to attempt escape. Due to the fact that her primary publisher was Penguin Press she has appeared numerous times on many of Penguin’s online platforms such as Penguin Press’ Youtube Platform as well as on the online interview show, Penguin Platform, a author interview site (also on Youtube) which focuses on the personal inspirations for the writer’s material.

In addition to all that above Ms. Park of youngvoicesasdvocates has also gone onto many prominent mainstream news stations, both in her current home of South Korea, as well as in neighboring countries and abroad. She has appeared on such news programs as Fox New’s John Stossel, Women In the World, a Vanity Fair funded annual summit celebrating the work and progress of acclaimed, individual women the world over, as well as This Morning, with Phillip and Holly, a celebrity news and talk show program aired on iTV. She is also touring in her own capacity for her book on a around the globe tour where she will be publicly speaking with other authors, writers, interviewers and celebrities. She will be appearing at the Korean Society of New York on 6:00 PM for her most recent tour stop.