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A North Korean dissident defects to the American Right

By Charles Homans

23 Jun 2023 · 10 min read

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  1. Yeonmi Park, a North Korean defector, has become a prominent critic of liberal identity politics in the US, comparing it to the indoctrination she experienced in North Korea.

“The first thing my mom taught me as a young girl living in North Korea was don’t even whisper, because birds and mice could hear me,” Yeonmi Park told the audience that had come to hear her speak in Queens, New York.

“This is what dictators do: They plant a spike everywhere, a distrust between people, a distrust between family, even. The teachers tell their children,” she went on, “‘If your parents say one wrong thing, come to tell the teacher.’”

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