Paradise does not exist – By Mihyun Jang

Thousands of North Korean refugees fleeing face a cold reality in South Korean society. Many are seeking refuge in 3rd countries, although strict asylum rules mean many eventually are forced to settle in the South without benefits or resettlement payments. By Mihyun Jang North Korean refugees in China According to the Unification Ministry of South […]

Menari and Musan win awards

“Menari, the Sound of Korea”, a short documentary on eastern folk singer Park Soo-kwan wins Delphic Art Movie Award 2011 The Journals of Musan, a film about difficulties of Northern defectors, wins jury prize at Deauville Asian Film Fest http://bit.ly/gnzRaJ

Oxford seminar on North Korean Human Rights and Migration

Notice of an upcoming seminar in Oxford, organised by the Korea Institute for National Reunification: KINU Seminar on North Korean Human Rights and Migration 13:00-18:00, 15 December 2010 Seminar Room, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) 58 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6QS Programme 13:00-14:00 Sandwich lunch reception and registration 14:00-14:15 Introductory remarks by Dr […]

The North Korean EU Residents Society

The North Koreans have a European Union Residents Society?? Based in New Malden of course, headed by defector Kim Ju-il (right). Read their letter in the FT http://bit.ly/90ayMs #, also reported by the Front Line Club: Ordinary North Koreans and the ruling class are deeply humiliated by Kim Jong-il’s begging to China. (Image: BBC)

Demick wins Samuel Johnson prize

Congratulations to Barbara Demick for winning the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nothing to Envy (reviewed by LKL here) Through extensive interviews with defectors, Los Angeles Times journalist Barbara Demick shows in a compelling and unforgettable way that this hermetic country is Orwell’s 1984 made reality. Sources: Samuel Johnson Prize website | Guardian #