Yeonmi Park’s Dramatic Escape From North Korea, To Be Told At Depauw University
This morning I was enjoying my first cup of coffee and checking the news, when I came across this story on Depauw.edu about human rights activist Yeonmi Park, and her upcoming visit to Depauw University. For those of you unaware her story, she escaped the brutal, totalitarian dictatorship of North Korea. Her upcoming book will catalog her emotional escape from the most punishing regime currently on the planet
The telling of stories like hers is vitally important. They help to shed even more light on just how terrible it is in North Korea. It is known how barbaric the regime is, particularly among women, but what is missing are more personal accounts of defection. Yeonmi Park will supply this much needed story. Her heroism, despite her enormous disadvantages, is something to be looked at with awe. Personally, I cannot fathom, even in the darkest recesses of my mind, just what this magnificent women had to go through on a daily basis. The visit at Depauw will be a lecture, with question and answer session to follow. It will be a night of heartfelt sorrow, followed by cheers of happiness as her dream of escaping her homeland becomes reality.
She says, simply enough, that her dream of defecting began by watching the James Cameron movie, The Titanic. Almost all movies produced in the west are banned in North Korea, and this movie was no exception. The idea that a man would sacrifice himself for the love of a women was a completely foreign concept to Park. A dramatic escape including, eluding capture from Chinese authorities, and the eventual reunion with her sister, are just the warm up parts of her story.
Yeonmi Park will be the youngest speaker in the history of the Ubben Lecture series. She shares the stage with such notables as: Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Tony Blair, Ralph Nader, and General Colin Powell. These events are always free to attend, and open to anyone who wishes to come. Ms. Park, at the young age of 21, is blossoming into one of the world’s leading human rights activists. Come and share her story. She has gone through so much, and all she wants to do is give back, wanting nothing in return. It will definitely be a memorable night, October 5, at Depauw University,