Border-crossers

If I had been given a fiver every time a journalist or PhD student asked to be put in touch with North Korean refugees in the London area I wouldn’t be exactly rich, but there would be a few more books overflowing from my already full bookcase. Whether it be for reaction to the latest […]

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Event news: Escapee Kim Young-il talks at King’s London

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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News of an upcoming talk by North Korean escapee Kim Young-il: My Escape from North Korea Hosted by King’s College Londond Amnesty International Society 24 March at 18:00–20:00 K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand campus, King’s College London Register via Eventbrite KCL Amnesty International will be hosting a panel discussion with Young-II Kim, a North Korean […]

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In-Sook Chappell’s short film is being crowdfunded – please support it

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2016
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Back in April this year, we posted an advertisement seeking an actor for an upcoming short film about a young North Korean girl living in Britain. That role, Mi Young, has now been filled – and she could almost have been born to take the role. Writer and director In-sook Chappell commented: “After meeting Mi […]

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Event news: A talk with North Korean refugee Sungju Lee

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2016
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The EARHNK’s first event of the year is in the Houses of Parliament on 1 February: A Talk With Sungju Lee: North Korean Refugee and UK Chevening Scholar Venue: Committee Room 17, the Houses of Parliament, London Date: Monday, February 1, 2016 Time: 5pm The European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea is proud […]

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Book review: Hwang Sok-yong — Princess Bari

by Philip Gowman 7 December 2015
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Hwang Sok-yong: Prices Bari Periscope, 2015, 240pp Translated by Sora Kim-Russell Originally published as 바리데기, 2007 Princess Bari is Hwang Sok-yong’s fourth full-length novel to be translated into English. It is also the most recent, having been originally published in 2007. And for a British audience it is one of the most immediately accessible, being […]

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Yeonmi Park is Radio 4 book of the week

by Philip Gowman 26 October 2015
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Yeonmi Park’s refugee memoir In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom is Radio 4’s book of the week this week, airing at 9:45am. If you missed this morning’s episode there’s a repeat at 12:30 tonight, or of course you can listen to it for the next 30 days on the Radio […]

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Film review: I am Sun Mu, at Raindance

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2015
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It’s always nice when you are rewarded for staying at the end of a movie to read the credits. Among the names credited for the soundtrack of Adam Sjöberg’s documentary film I am Sun Mu is kayagum player Jung Ji-eun, a well-known player and teacher based in New Malden. It was also nice that she […]

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Yeonmi Park’s DPRK refugee memoir out next week

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2015
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Yeonmi Park’s defector memoir In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom comes out in a couple of days. It is trailed in this weekend’s Telegraph and her testimony has also been examined in The Diplomat. Italian and German editions will be coming out later this year. According to Aidan Foster Carter, […]

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Event news: North Korean defector movie I am Sun Mu at Raindance

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2015
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Coming to the Raindance Film Festival on 3 October, the European premiere of a documentary about a North Korean artist defector. Tickets will be available from the Vue box office shortly. I am Sun Mu 3 October 2015, 6:20pm ​Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR European Premiere Directed by Adam Sjöberg United […]

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Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names and three book launches

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2015
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Hyeonseo Lee’s memoir, The Girl with Seven Names, is published on 2 July. Three separate events on 1 July (Asia House), 2 July (European Association for Human Rights in North Korea) and 3 July (Guardian / Amnesty) will give you the chance to hear her story and get a signed copy. Details in date order […]

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Ann Shin’s movie – The Defector – screens at the Frontline Club

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2015
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Late notice of a screening this Friday near Paddington: Screening: The Defector – Escape from North Korea + Q&A Friday 5 June 2015, 7:00 PM Frontline Club | 13 Norfolk Place | London W2 1QJ | www.frontlineclub.com Book tickets This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ann Shin. As the leadership in […]

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Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2015
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An upcoming event sponsored by the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea: Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK Date: June 18, 2015 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Venue: Manor Park Hall, 316b Malden Road, KT3 6AU [Map] Tickets: Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Join us on Thursday, June 18 for […]

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DPRK responds to Shin Dong-hyuk’s inaccurate testimony

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2015
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Further to the news that Shin Dong-hyuk, the “Camp 14 escapee”, has admitted that some of his testimony was inaccurate, the DPRK has written to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly seeking to get the 18 December 2014 resolution overturned. The full text of the DPRK’s 2 February 2015 letter […]

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Shin Dong-hyuk: “passionate human rights campaigner and an ordinary young man”

by Youngeun Koo 22 September 2014
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Youngeun Koo reports from the first of EAHRNK’s “North Korean Memoirs” events. On Tuesday 16 September, the UK had the rare opportunity to meet Shin Dong-hyuk in person. Shin is so far the only person known to have successfully escaped from Camp 14, a ‘total control camp’ in North Korea. Organised by European Alliance for […]

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Shin Dong-hyuk comes to St Anne’s Church, Dean St

by Philip Gowman 9 September 2014
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Shin Dong-hyuk, whose story is told in Escape from Camp 14, will be talking at St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AF on Tuesday 16 September, 7.15pm to 8.45pm, as the first of a “North Korean Memoirs” series, which will act as a focal point of the work of European Alliance for Human […]

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The experience of North Koreans in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2014
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A panel session about the experiences of North Korean defectors in New Malden is at first sight a strange event to promote as part of an arts festival. But the 7th New Malden Arts Festival overlaps with Malden Fortnight, a celebration of New Malden’s varied community, of which Koreans are of course a significant part. […]

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“Jazz” in the DPRK: Autumn Whispers and the forbidden fruit of Richard Clayderman

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2014
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I’ve just finished reading Jang Jin-sung’s memoir, Dear Leader. It’s a real page-turner that will appeal to many types of readers, including people who like a good adventure story (the passages describing Jang’s evasion of Chinese and North Korean security forces once he has fled from the North Korean capital are genuinely exciting) and of […]

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