Yeonmi Park is really two different people. First, she is the author of In Order To Live an unimaginable tale of her life and escape from North Korea. The other person is Yeonmi Park the speaker, writer, and human rights activist. But what is her book about? This book is very important because it is the psychological foundation that Park built for herself that eventually molded her into the woman she is today a global activist, a fighter for human rights, speaker, and author.
Being a citizen of a western society it is almost impossible to understand the living conditions or mental state needed to live in a politically oppressive society like North Korea. Countries like North Korea are not just different from other societies they are equivalent to actually living inside of a horror movie. In her Amazon released book Miss Yeonmi Park tells how she grew up in a very close-knit family in an extremely brutal society. Because of constant shortages of everything including food her father became involved in trading on the black market until he was caught and imprisoned. As a consequence, the rest of the family were also branded as enemies of the state, criminals and were forced to live on the edges of this repressive and impoverished nation. Living there eventually became impossible and with the help of human traffickers, they were smuggled into China. Once there, they were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery. They were then forced to deal with unimaginable psychological and physical hardships until they were able to escape and finally make their way to Seoul, South Korea.
Since escaping from North Korea and China Yeonmi Park has written and spoken extensively about her life in North Korea. She has written for the Washington Post and been interviewed by many media publications including The Guardian about her experiences. She has also been overwhelmed with press requests and talks on The Reason including an extensive TEDx summit taping. Part of this notoriety is due to the unbelievable reality of regimes like North Koreas. There is nothing even faintly resembling the North Korean state. She has also worked as a co-host for a podcast show North Korea Today which discusses the lives of refugees after their escape from North Korea