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 […]

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 #

North Koreans in Britain

Every now and then a visitor to this site asks whether there are any North Koreans in the UK, apart from at the DPRK embassy. Journalist Michael Rank keeps his eyes open for evidence, particularly on the parliamentary website, and shares his findings with the BAKS list – little snippets of information such as the […]