Without You, There Is No Us (Suki Kim)

Article by Augusta

When Suki Kim seizes the opportunity to travel to North Korea with a group of evangelical Christian missionaries (despite not being one herself), she has no idea how hard her next six months will be. Kim works teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s elite, and instantly becomes one of the country’s most-monitored and carefully-minded foreign visitors. Though Kim grows close to her students, it’s impossible to escape the government’s guard on her daily life. Everything she teaches must be approved; she has to constantly watch what she says, while her emails are monitored; even her students lie constantly for no reason, about something as small as a classmate’s absence. Kim’s memoir is a deeply interesting look at life under the watchful eye of the North Korean regime.

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