“Even North Korea is not this nuts"

North Korean Defector Gives Warning to America

The latest push-back against the woke take-over of the universities has come from an unlikely source: a North Korea defector.

Yeonmi Park endured enormous suffering to escape to South Korea when she was only 13. She chronicled her escape in the 2015 memoir, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom. A year after the book’s release, Yeon-mi transferred to Columbia University in New York, where she enjoyed reading English literature.

Journalist Peter Hitchens reported what happened next:

Almost immediately she met the new, sweet and sticky marshmallow totalitarianism which has taken over so many Western seats of learning. A staff member ticked her off when she revealed that she enjoyed classics such as the books of Jane Austen. ‘I said, “I love those books.” I thought it was a good thing,’ she told Fox News in an interview. But the staff member replied: ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’

After encountering the new requirement that students must use gender-neutral pronouns, Yeon-mi exclaimed, “Even North Korea is not this nuts… North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy,” adding, “You guys have lost common sense to a degree that I as a North Korean cannot even comprehend.”

In June, Yeonmi Park talked to Sean Hannity about her experience at Columbia. She told Hannity that she thought she had come to a country where she would be free to say what she thinks. Yet, she explained, “I have to be constantly censoring my speech."

Park also shared that the hatred of America, which formed such a dominant feature of North Korean education, is echoed in the American self-hatred she encountered at university propagated by professors.  “I couldn’t believe people were hating their own people that much,” she declared.

The seven-minute interview can be seen below. 

has a Master’s in Historical Theology from King’s College London and a Master’s in Library Science through the University of Oklahoma. He is the blog and media managing editor for the Fellowship of St. James and a regular contributor to Touchstone and Salvo. In addition to working as a ghost-writer for celebrities, his work has featured in a variety of publications, including the Colson Center, World Magazine, Sky News, and the Mars Hill Audio Journal. Phillips is the author of Gratitude in Life's Trenches: How to Experience the Good Life Even When Everything Is Going Wrong (Ancient Faith, 2020), and Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation: A Manuel for Recovering Gnostics (Ancient Faith, forthcoming 2023). He is a contributor to Pain, Suffering and Resilience: Orthodox Christian Perspectives (Sebastian Press, 2018), and Finding the Golden Key: Essays Towards a Recovery of the Sacramental Imagination (Eighth Day Press, forthcoming 2023). He operates a blog at www.robinmarkphillips.com.

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