“They had built the entire foundation of their country on isolationism and wanting to kill Americans and South Koreans, yet they needed to learn English and feed their children with foreign money.”

kimTo some degree, every memoirist must be concerned about the consequences of telling the truth. In Suki Kim’s case, telling the truth about her six months as a teacher in North Korea might lead to punishment or even death for her former students and colleagues. Without You, There Is No Us, which Jon Stewart describes as “a book like no other,” depicts a country that demands absolute loyalty and secrecy. Her students at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology were not allowed to know about the existence of the Internet. Perhaps nowhere else on earth is truth so dangerous.

Suki Kim, Without You, There Is No Us, (New York: Crown Publishers, 2014), p. 199.

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