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momentarily confused I have never read the Bible, and my family is largely atheist Then she said, him, and I realized she meant the main God in this world Kim Jong il.Was it fate that my North Korean experience began with his birthday and ended with his death It was February 2002 when I first glimpsed the forbidden city of Pyongyang as part of a Korean American delegation visiting for Kim Jong ils sixtieth birthday celebrations It was only a few months after 9 11, and George W Bush had just christened that country part of an axis of evil, so it was an inauspicious time for a single American woman to cross its border with a group of strangers Over the next nine years, with each implausible crossing of its immutable border, I became further intoxicated by this unknown and unknowable place This isolated nation existed under an entirely different system from the rest of the world, so different that when I arrived in 2011, I found myself in Juche Year 100 The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea DPRK follows a different calendar system, which counts time from the birth of their original Great Leader, Kim Il sung, who died in 1994 Juche, which roughly means self reliance, is at the core of North Koreas foundational philosophy Almost every book I ever saw there was written by or about the Great Leader The state run media, including the newspaper Rodong Sinmun and Chosun Central TV, reported almost exclusively on the Great Leader Almost every film, every song, every monument heralded the miraculous achievements of the Great Leader, the role passed down through three generations, from Kim Il sung and Kim Jong il to Kim Jong un, who was twenty nine when he assumed power in 2012 and became the worlds youngest head of state It has been reported that every home in the country is fitted with a speaker through which government propaganda can be broadcast, and that than thirty five thousand statues of the Great Leaders are scattered across the country.But while the regime dabbles with nuclear weapons, provoking repeated United Nations sanctions, the people of North Korea suffer The 1990s famine known as the Arduous March killed as many as three million, than a tenth of the entire population, and even now the World Food Program reports that 80 percent of North Koreans experience food shortages and hunger It is estimated that forced labor, executions, and concentration camps have claimed over a million lives since 1948 According to the latest UN report, the DPRK maintains some twenty gulags holding some 120,000 political prisoners Human Rights Watch estimates 200,000 These numbers are inevitably approximate since nothing there is verifiable Almost no North Koreans are allowed outdefectors risk executionand almost no foreigners are allowed in except those on packaged tours, most holding European passports, and they get to see only what is allowed In this global age of information, where secrets have become an anachronism, North Korea stands apart.My obsession with this troubling countrybecause it indeed became an obsessionwas based on than just journalistic interest The first time I entered North Korea, I was not sure what a delegate was and did not know much at all about the proKim Jong il group I was traveling with This makes me sound either extremely irreverent or extremely young, but I was neither My ignorance was willful Since getting a visa into the country was so difficult, I thought it was best not to appear too inquisitive But there was something else, too a part of me, a very insistent voice inside, did not want to know those details For those of us who grew up in 1970s South Korea, anything to do with North Korea is accompanied by a certain foreboding And for those of us whose family members were abducted into North Korea, this fear runs still deeper If I had known as much as I do now, than a decade later, I doubt I would have made that first, fateful trip But I did get on a flight from JFK, on Korean Air, one of the worlds most modern and luxurious airlines, and then almost twenty hours later, via Seoul and then Beijing, boarded North Koreas state owned Air Koryo, where the only reading material was a magazine about the Great Leader And I would cross that same border into Pyongyang repeatedly for the next nine years.Every story has its origin in a time that came before My obsession had its roots even before I was born, in 1945 It was then, when the five thousand year old kingdom of Korea was divided by the Allies who liberated it from Japan, that everything went wrong And since then everything has continued to be wrong, and nothing, not even the three year long war that began in 1950, has made much difference.Or maybe my obsession became inevitable when I was a child growing up in South Korea The years I lived there remain unnervingly still, pristinely intact in my mind As I get older, the memory of those years grows bigger, each nook casting a longer shadow Such is the condition of a first generation immigrant for whom everything is separated into now and then, into before the move and after The ocean that separates the adoptive home and the old country also divides time.I was just thirteen when we came to America The early eighties in South Korea was a time of political unrest and economic upheaval, and my fathers businessesfrom the shipping company and mining ventures to the hotelscollapsed rapidly Bankruptcy in South Korea was punishable by a hefty jail term, and we fled our home in the dead of night Like many new immigrants to America, my family was now poor and kept movingfrom Queens to Jersey City to the Bronx to Fort Lee I grasped few of the vast changes that seemed to have occurred overnight in my physical surroundings I knew that I was no longer in Korea, and yet it was beyond my comprehension that this loss of home was permanent Another foreign concept that took time to absorb was that I was now Asian, a term that I had heard mentioned only in a social studies class Back home, yellow was the color of the forsythia that bloomed every spring along the fence that separated our estate from the houses down the hill I certainly never thought of my skin as being the same shade Those years were also marked by silence My mother tongue was suddenly gone, replaced by unfamiliar sounds called English It seemed a miracle when I took the SAT and made it to college.After graduation, I spent a couple of years in London, searching for something I could never quite name, then returned to New York to a series of part time jobs and a rent stabilized apartment in the East Village, where I spent my twenties But I never felt at home there either and kept subletting my apartment and taking off, often on meager writing fellowships that required me to live in some remote place, whether it be a hundred year old cabin in New Hampshire or an empty room facing a desert hill in Wyoming There were no cell phones then, and I was always calling my parents collect I remember getting off a Greyhound bus one afternoon and standing in a phone booth outside a coffee shop in Taos, New Mexico, and my father, on the line from New Jersey, ending the call with If you keep moving like this, one day youll be too far away to come back.During those itinerant years, I once found myself on the Ligurian coast of Italy, which sounded better than it felt It was a place whose awe inspiring beauty so oddly failed to touch me that for years afterward I would look for an opportunity to drop the word Liguria in conversations, such as I wore this dress often that autumn I was living in Liguria or I never finished that novel I was working on in Liguria, as if to remind myself that I had spent nearly two months there.Some experiences are like that You live through them, and yet you arent quite there Korea was the opposite My first thirteen years remained real for me like nothing since When you lose your home at a young age, you spend your life looking for its replacement Over the years, I have never considered any apartment than temporary Each one remains spare, with bare walls and no personal touchesas though I might need to grab everything in a few seconds and run People often ask me where my things are The question always brings me back to South Korea in my mind, I finally return I put down my suitcase at the base of the incredibly long flight of steps I have never forgotten and look up at my childhood home, towering above.Strangely, in 2002, when I visited Pyongyang for the first time, I felt at home than I had since I left Seoul as a child There was a sense of recognition The past was all right there before me generations of Koreans separated by division decades of longing, loss, hurt, regret, guilt I identified with it in a way that I could never shake off I thought that if only I could understand the place, then I could find a way to help put the fragments back together Like most Koreans, whether from the North or South, I dreamed, perhaps irrationally, of reunification I returned repeatedly until 2011.I am often asked, Which Korea do you come from North or South It is a nonsensical question The chance of me or any Korean out and about in the world being from the North is almost nil Virtually no one gets out of North Korea It is a locked nation Locked away from South Korea, from the rest of the world, from those of us whose families got trapped there It is the sort of a lock for which there is no open sesame, and the world seems to have forgotten why it was sealed tight to begin with and who threw away the key.My Korea is the Souththe industrial, overachieving, better half that spewed out Hyundai and Samsung and in the six decades since the bloody war has established itself as the fifteenth richest country in the world But the South is never just the South Its very existence conjures up the unmentionable North, which, with its habitual nuclear threats and the antics of its bizarre dictator, casts a shadow far beyond its own peninsula In recent years, North Korea has steadily become a siren for the hankering mind, making outsiders wait and guess and then wait some , indefinitely.Both my parents hail from families separated by the partition And it is really the unrequited heartbreak of those separationsa heartbreak that lasts generationsthat brought me North If this were the sort of story that invites readers to nod with empathy and walk away both satisfied and educated, I would say that I traveled full circle But in truth my journey was barely half a circle, a sad one that could never be completed, because those who were at the center of the harrowing history are almost certainly long dead, or old and dying, and time is running out before their stories are lost in the dust of the past.The Korean War lasted three years, with millions either dead or separated It never really ended but instead paused in the 1953 armistice exactly where it began, with Koreas on both sides of the 38th parallel Historians often refer to it as the forgotten war, but no Korean considers it forgotten Theirs is not a culture of forgetting The war is everywhere in todays Koreas.There is, for example, the story of my fathers young female cousins, nursing students aged seventeen and eighteen, who disappeared during the war Decades later, in the 1970s, their mother, my fathers aunt, received a letter from North Korea via Japan, the only contact her daughters ever made with her, and from that moment on, she was summoned to the Korean Central Intelligence Agency every few months on suspicion of espionage until she finally left South Korea for good and died in San Antonio, Texas The girls were never heard from again And there was my uncle, my mothers brother, who was just seventeen when he was abducted by North Korean soldiers at the start of the war, in June 1950 He was never seen again He might or might not have been taken to Pyongyang, and it was this suspended state of not knowing that drove my mothers mother nearly crazy, and my mother, and to some degree me, who inherited their sorrow.Stories such as these abound in South Korea, and probably North Korea, if its people were allowed to tell them Separation haunts the affected long after the actual incident It is a perpetual act of violation You know that the missing are there, just a few hours away, but you cannot see them or write to them or call them It could be your mother trapped on the other side of the border It could be your lover whom you will long for the rest of your life It could be your child whom you cannot get to, although he calls out your name and cries himself to sleep every night From Seoul, Pyongyang looms like a shadow, about 120 miles away, so close but impossible to touch Decades of such longing sicken a nation The loss is remembered, and remembered, like an illness, a heartbreak from which there is no healing, and you are left to wonder what happened to the life you were supposed to have together For those of us raised by mothers and fathers who experienced such trauma firsthand, it is impossible not to continue this remembering.A New York Times Bestseller Chillingreminds us that evil is not only banal it is also completely arbitrary New York Times Book Review Quasi apocalyptic, but amazingly not speculativeI devoured it for its wry and rare observations on that inexplicable land Daniel Handler, Wall Street Journal DaringKim finds that paranoia is contagious and can become chillingly routine My little soldiers were also little robots, she writes before departing, mourning not only that she must leave, but that they must stay Boston Globe RemarkableA deeply unsettling book, offering a rare and disturbing inside glimpse into the strangeness, brutality and claustrophobia of North Korea Kim s book is full of small observations that vividly evoke the paranoia and loneliness of a nation living in fear and in thrall to its Great Leaders Her portraits of her students are tender and heartbreaking, highlighting the enormity of what is at stake Chicago Tribune A book about censorship, trust, fear, love, and truth, seen through the prism of a school that functions as a comfortable prisonThe title comes from a song the students sing in honor of The Dear Leader, including the lyric, Without you, there is no us Within that title, and this book, is a multitude of truths Philadelphia Inquirer Sometimes personal histories retain a potent electromagnetic force, like Suki Kim s rivetingly topical look inside the most isolationist country on earth Vogue EnthrallingReveals the perplexing innocence and ignorance of one of the worlds most secretive countries O The Oprah Magazine A devastatingly vulnerable accountKims stark and delicate language, intertwined with the suspense of being an undercover journalist in a foreign yet familiar land, truly humanized North Korea for me Slate Touching, beautifully writtenA rare, intimate portrait of life in the worlds least known country grinding poverty for the masses, bland tedium for the ruling class, no fun, no freedom, and fear for all Katha Pollitt, Salon Kims account is fascinatingShe is an outsider telling an inside storyHer relationship with her students is the most interesting part of her bookIt is tempting to treat the cult of the North Korean Kim dynasty as a grotesque joke, as the makers of The Interview, the recent Hollywood movie about an assassination plot against the current Supreme Leader Kim Jong un, have done Suki Kim, quite rightly, does not The oppression and starvation of millions of people, and a gulag that enslaves up to 200,000 prisoners, many of them worked to death, is really not that funny Kim got a close look at some of the cults manifestationsHer frustration and rage about the waste of young lives and talent crushed by a horribly oppressive system is entirely justified Being punished for dissent is bad enough But to be forced to parrot lies and keenly applaud ones enforcers is a form of constant mental torture Ian Buruma , New York Review of Books A vivid, uncompromising and intensely personal account Minneapolis Star Tribune A starkly revealing look at this hermit nationKim opens herself as well as the DPRK to scrutinyMoving and emotionally evocative Pittsburgh Post Gazette Offers great details about the students blinkered worldviewA frank depiction of North Korean life Foreign Policy Readers intrigued by Kim Jong Un s recent extended absence from public view can gain insight into the repressive system that shapes North Korea s ruling class from Suki Kim s new memoir Pittsburgh Tribune Review We in the West know almost nothing about life in North Korea, including even how its elites live read Suki Kim s terrific Without You, There Is No Us for one of the few accounts The Nation Suki Kims compelling reports for Harpers, The New York Review of Books,and others have expanded and deepened our understanding both of life in the North, and the Wests profound misapprehensions about it This book is a fascinating, if deeply fraught document about the education of the North Korean elite, an aspect of the country that until very recently has been almost completely occluded Kims access to the boys constitutes the unique nature of her book and illuminates just how sheltered they are Los Angeles Review of Books An extraordinary and troubling portrait of life under severe repression Kims account is both perplexing and deeply stirring Publishers Weekly, starred review A rare and nuanced look at North Korean culture, and an uncommon addition to the inspirational teacher genre Booklist, starred review A touching portrayal of the student experience in North Korea, which provides readers with a rare glimpse of life in this enigmatic countryWell written and thoroughly captivating Library Journal, starred review Strangely terrifyingA beautifully written book that greatly expands the limited bounds of what we know about North Koreas ruling class Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy Terrifying and sublime, Without You, There Is No Us is a stealth account of heartbreak.Suki Kim, brilliant author of The Interpreter, penetrates the soul of her divided country of origin, bearing witness to generations of maimed lives and arrested identities This look inside totalitarian North Korea is like no other Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite and Quiet Dell This superb work of investigative journalism is distinguished by its grave beauty and aching tenderness So skilled is Suki Kim in conveying the eeriness and surreal disconnect of the North Korean landscape that I sometimes felt I was reading a ghost story, one that will haunt me with its silences, with its image of snow falling upon a desolate campus, with the far laughter of her beloved students Kiran Desai,author of The Inheritance of Loss Like an explorer returned from a distant planet or another dimension, Suki Kim has many extraordinary tales to tell, among them how differentand how awfullife is for those who live in North Korea The devil is in the details here, for her gritty narrative focuses on everyday events to reveal how repression shapes daily life, even for the most privileged Yet Kim also bears witness to that part of the human soul that no oppressor can ever claim Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana In language at once stark and delicate, Suki Kim shatters the polemic of North and South Korea She couples an investigative reporter s fierce desire to strip away the fiction of the Hermit Kingdom with an immigrant s insatiable hunger for an emotional home, no matter how troubled and no matter how impossible Monique Truong, author of The Book of Salt Combining a great novelist s eye for character and a skilled journalist s grasp of politics, Without You, There Is No Ushelps us understand North Korea like nothing else I have ever read or watched The elegance of Kim s prose and her great compassion for ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary situation kept me turning the pages, riveted 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    • Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite
    • 4.2
    • 451
    • Format Kindle
    • 320 pages
    • 0307720667
    • Suki Kim
    • Anglais
    • 14 April 2017

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