An article had been published pertaining to the vicious actions surrounding the skepticism of Korean author, Yeonmi Park’s, book titled ” In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” The Amazon best selling book describes Park’s brutal journey from her homeland of North Korea to a better life in South Korea at only age thirteen.
Describing the journey that seemed to last a lifetime, Yeonmi Park described moments where living outside of the law proved to be detrimental to her by leaving everlasting effects. She discussed how abuse and starvation were her reality as she traveled through China and the Gobi Desert with her mother. Her father accompanied her on the journey, but died prematurely due to untreated cancer. Opening a window to her life in such a raw fashion received many compassionate reviews, but unfortunately, those who are skeptical of the events did not offer warm hearts nor kind words.
People from the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, took responsibility for publishing a video attempting to disprove Park’s story. They claimed that her descriptions of North Korea did not add up and were certainly inaccurate. This video portrayed Park and her mother in such a negative light, that if someone were to view this before reading Park’s book, they would think that she was a villain rather than the victim of the cruelty that she suffered in her homeland. Citizens of North Korea went as far to say that Park and her mother are actually “celebrity defectors” for the United States that were hired to demonize their country.
Yeonmi Park’s response when she was asked by Reason TV was simple “I know the truth of North Korea.” Her novel was an attempt to describe her own journey. Being a former citizen of that nation, Park essentially stated that if her journey was the least bit threatening to the country or relatable at all, her story might be more truthful than they would like to admit. Park and her mother are heroes for their journey and are the faces of something far more tragic.