TOP
Events

Hyeonseo Lee, North Korean Defector and Refugee

Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. She recently finished writing her memoir, ‘The Girl with Seven Names – A North Korean Defector’s Story’ which was published in July 2015.

“I sometimes wonder how I overcame all those obstacles in my life with ups and downs like a rollercoaster.” – Hyeonseo Lee

Having received worldwide attention from her speech at TED Talk in 2013, Hyeonseo Lee’s ambition is to raise awareness of the happenings in North Korea, the struggles and to spread word on human rights.

Last night, Hyeonseo Lee did a talk in partnership with LSE SU Korea Future Forum – a unique opportunity to hear directly from a North Korean about her home country. (Tickets for the event sold out in 15 seconds!) With hardly enough information on the outside, Hyeonseo enlightened us by sharing her personal experiences, the common beliefs and the regime’s impact on the North Korean people.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

“We’ve never tasted democracy, freedom, equal rights. The North Korean dictator lives everywhere. Now that I escaped, I know how horrible and stupid it is, but back then I thought Kim Il Sung was god. When he died, I couldn’t help asking how can a god die?” – Hyeonseo Lee

Those who are interested in Human Rights, North Korea and communism should definitely give ‘The Girl with Seven Names’ a read. Hyeonseo quite simply exposes her raw feelings every step of the way from living in and leaving North Korea, moving to China, feeling homesick and coping with the absence of her family, until she manages to finally seek asylum in South Korea and the struggles to identify with the world she had been closed up from.

“It took me so many years to learn what freedom is. You might think it is nothing, but in NK, I felt paralyzed, being watched constantly.” -Hyeonseo Lee

FullSizeRender (2).jpg

Hyeonseo Lee at the book signing event

After meeting Hyeonseo Lee, we felt she is a truly humble and brave lady with a sad, yet powerful story. After listening to a snippet of her personal experience of survival, danger and hope, we feel this deeply meaningful story should be shared.

For those who missed it, the video of her speech is below:

 

– Inspire Me Korea Team

 

Diana Chan

CEO and chief magazine editor. An explorer, creator and do-er. Can easily be found marathon-ing a K-drama. No spoilers please.

»

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us on Instagram!

  • Eep !!! As promised, here’s the sneak peek!😧😧 who’s excited?? We can’t wait for you to receive the MUSIC 🎶 BOX! Wonder if you can spot which K-pop idols we picked to transform into cute chibis~?! 💖 Subscribe at www.inspiremekorea.com - don’t miss it!
  • Let us know your recommendations! We want to add to our playlist! 🎧
Also! Sneak peeks dropping today, so look out on our ig story! We’ve got some really cool things to show you in our MUSIC box 🤭😍
  • Beautiful Han River by Mangwon area! Han River has so many beautiful sides at different spots. We really could never get sick of it! 🚲 Who’s visited Han River before?
  • Is it Summer where you are? ☀️ it makes us crave anything fruity and juicy... this shaved ice mango dessert is something we are always craving!! 😋🤭
  • Let’s be honest... 🤭😁
  • Cooling off with a chocolate and hazelnut ice shake at Cafe Sun in Hongdae! Yum yum 😋 ~
  • Have you been keeping up? 😄Since our new theme of the month is MUSIC 🎵 We thought we’d celebrate by sharing with you our favourite K-pop idol styles! Our team picked the following 2 - V from BTS fresh from #FakeLove and Ashley from Ladies’ Code! 🤩 Now you can shop their pretty earrings in our shop > www.inspiremekorea.com
  • Eek so many awesome comebacks lined up... who are you most excited about?