By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim was once born in North Korea, the most secretive and oppressive nations within the glossy global. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her university box journeys to public executions, day-by-day self-criticism periods, and the expanding gnaw of starvation because the country-wide famine escalated.
By the time she used to be 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of an identical. ultimately, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that may take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. earlier than eventually attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kin may stay homeless, fall into the arms of chinese language human traffickers, live to tell the tale a North Korean hard work camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her amazing tale to offer voice to the millions of North Koreans nonetheless discomfort in silence. informed with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, finally, a testomony to the energy and resilience of the human spirit.
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The auditorium held 1,700 seats, and I remember seeing Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio—remember Scarface and The Color of Money? —and Dan Castellanata—the voice of Homer on The Simpsons—in Camelot there when they were seniors and I was a freshman. They were the queen and king of the drama department. When Mastrantonio went on to Broadway from Oak Park, I told myself, “Don’t fuck around. ” The numbers game is intense at a school that big, so when there was only one picture of me in the freshman yearbook, I was determined to get my picture in the sophomore yearbook so many times they would have to add another line for me in the index.
I wanted revenge. After dinner, when it was family talk time in the living room, he was sitting on a chair, and I deliberately chose to sit on the arm of his chair. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I could at least start to make him uncomfortable. At one point he was holding court, telling a story, when out of the blue I made a fist and punched him in the stomach as hard as I could. ” everyone yelled. I’m sure this asshole knew what was up, because he tried to laugh it off, to make sure I didn’t talk about what he did.
I’m telling you, she was out to get me. It really gave me an education in how to deal with people in authority who have it in for you, something that would occur again years later when I started doing plays and had a director who really hated me. But I can thank those nuns, just like the lyrics of that Christina Aguilera song, for “making me a fighter,” because they knew how to pick on someone. If it wasn’t me, it was Brian Czech, the shy kid who’d spend his time drawing all day. This nun would gun for him just because he was vulnerable.
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