Yeonmi Park’s Upcoming Visit to DePauw University

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean rebel who is currently a human rights activist. She was born in October 1993 and escaped from North Korea in 2007. She currently resides in South Korea. She comes from a family that was once part of the ruling select in North Korea. Currently, she works as a reporter, activist and public speaker appearing on TV talk shows and advocating for the plight of North Korean refugees. The speech she made at the One Young World Summit in Dublin in 2014 is what brought her to the limelight. On her official Facebook page, you’ll learn that Park’s family escaped from North Korea through China. After the tiresome and risky journey, she decided to become a full-time human rights activist.

Miss Park is scheduled for a public speaking gathering at the DePauw University on October 5, 2015. According to an article on DePauw’s University website, she is expected to speak about her departure from North Korea, the terrors and horrors of human trafficking and the need to give freedom to the people of North Korea and the world in general. The young lass will deliver a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture making her the youngest Ubben lecturer yet. She will deliver the lecture just one day after her 22nd birthday and six days after her book titled “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” is published by Penguin. This lecture like all Ubben Lectures will be free for admission and open to anyone willing to attend. It will be followed by a question and answer segment and later a book signing.

Yeonmi’s story is one of a struggle to leave an oppressive country surviving some of the darkest times of her life. She says that her way of viewing the word changed after watching the Titanic movie. Before that she believed that dying in power or in the line of duty was the most honorable thing to do but after watching the film it gave her a taste of freedom after seeing people die for love. Coming from a privileged family things changed for them and they had to flee North Korea through China where they endured many hardships. Her sister left before them and by the time they got to China she was presumed dead. She watched her mother get raped and her father died of cancer. She and her mother managed to get to South Korea and start a new life. Her sister escaped from China miraculously and joined them in South Korea. Because she always felt left out and forgotten she decided that the world should not forget about the refugees from North Korea. That is why she decided to become vocal about it and that made her a renowned activist.

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