Human rights activist Park, who fled North Korea with her mother in 2007 at age 13 and eventually made it to South Korea two years later after a harrowing ordeal, recognized that in order to be “completely free,” she had to confront the truth of her past. It is an ugly, shameful story of being sold with her mother into slave marriages by Chinese brokers, and although she at first tried to hide the painful details when blending into South Korean society, she realized how her survival story could inspire others. Moreover, her sister had also escaped earlier and had vanished into China for years, prompting the author to go public with her story in the hope of finding her sister.
First things first In Order To Live is the true story of Yeonmi Park who escaped from North Korea with her mother. Yeonmi Park was born in 1993, Yeonmi is 1 year older than me! At 13 she escaped to China and at 15 finally settled in South Korea, just let that sink in for a bit, this story isn’t 50+ years old, this happened in 2007, Yeonmi is 24 years old, 24 and she’s such an amazing young woman who is now an activise and working towards helping the people of North Korea. Her story really made me really appreciate the pure privilege of being born in Australia.
This book is so emotional and I cried on the train reading about how Yeonmi felt when presenting her speech for One Young World Summit having just watched the speech and seeing how emotional and passionate she is.
Yeonmi’s story is truly inspiring and she continues to inspire and work for North Korean rights. I highly recommend reading this young girls truly incredible story and putting your life into perspective. I am so privileged and so inspired that Yeonmi has been through so much and prevailed not only to find happiness in her own life but to help others who are struggling.
“In the free world, children dream about what they want to be when they grow up and how they can use their talents. When I was four and five years old, my only adult ambition was to buy as much bread as I liked and eat all of it.”
If you don’t normally read non fictions and don’t think you’d pick this up I urge you to Youtube Yeonmi’s One Young Nation speech, listen and educate yourself on what is happening right now. This story isn’t 100 years ago! Yeonmi is our age and this is happening in our world right now.
I’ve stopped reading non fiction in the last few years and I don’t know why these stories are always so important and emotional. I can’t wait to read some more non fiction about amazing woman.
Also as AsianLitBingo is on if you’re looking for a book to cover the challenges this is:
- Non fiction by an asian author
- Asian Refugee MC
- Poor Asain MC
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? Do you have a non fiction story that really touched you and made you see yourself in a new light?