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North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Says “Universities Must Change Course ‘While Time Remains’”

North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Says “Universities Must Change Course ‘While Time Remains’”

“Because I love America so much, and because I’m committed to resisting any encroachments on its freedoms”

As a defector from North Korea, Yeonmi Park knows what real oppression looks like. We should heed her warnings.

The College Fix reports:

Universities must change course ‘while time remains,’ North Korean defector warns America

One of the very few North Korean defectors to become an American citizen wrote a new book warning our academic and other elites to correct their slide into dangerous woke ideologies, and encouraging ordinary Americans to resist.

If we fail, human rights activist Yeonmi Park warned, our country may increasingly resemble the socialist dictatorship she escaped.

“Because I love America so much, and because I’m committed to resisting any encroachments on its freedoms, I do draw on my knowledge and experience of North Korea to illuminate — not exaggerate — threats to liberty in America,” Park wrote in “While Time Remains,” her second book, released last month by Simon & Schuster.

In both volumes, Park “attempt[s] with all her heart…to warn us here in our luxury and comfort not to fall prey to the same ideological temptations that doomed the Soviet Union and all its satellites and that still possess the billion-plus people in China,” Jordan Peterson, who interviewed Park on his podcast last year, wrote in the “Forward” to her new book.

“While Time Remains” briefly recounts Park’s escape at age 13 and journey through sexual slavery in China and refuge in South Korea and then the United States, topics covered in greater depth in her first book, before shifting to the education in American privilege and leftist ideologies she absorbed in college at Columbia University. Park graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in human rights.

She entered Columbia’s campus on the Upper West Side of New York with wonder and gratitude, its beauty and grandeur seeming to her even greater than the lights and skyscrapers of Times Square.

“What an unbelievable honor to start my studies as an Ivy League student!” she described herself as thinking.


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If you have what it takes to be admitted to Columbia University, then you have what it takes to succeed quite nicely without enrolling at Columbia University.


Wake up.

Grow up.

Move on.

Get on with Life.

You’ll make some mistakes.
So what. That just means that you’re learning. Duh

With very few exceptions, it is a really bad idea to go from high school to four years at virtually any American college.

Think about it.

Have a little faith in yourself.

BierceAmbrose | March 14, 2023 at 4:10 pm

Well, giving a first-hand, empirical account that doesn’t fit the story of eternal ascent, she’ll be discredited to shut her up.

When you’re right, that’s all they’ve got left.

    Suburban Farm Guy in reply to BierceAmbrose. | March 15, 2023 at 11:12 am

    I remember the old joke, that the Russians couldn’t take over America because the soldiers would all defect to open a McDonald’s. Now it appears they have taken over anyway. Once America is gone, there will be nowhere to defect to. Dark Ages, here we come. A thousand-year Reich of hardship and misery for all except Party members and apparatchik

      BierceAmbrose in reply to Suburban Farm Guy. | March 15, 2023 at 3:22 pm

      The systems are infested, hijacked, n corrupted; the institutions shells of their meaning, perhaps which once was true, now ersatz outside, decay within. We’re on our own, and The Apparatus is at least impediment, at worst coming for us hard.

      I don’t wanna be hopeful — it hurts too much. BUT, when people t-up to help each other and it works; when a lone human can get from worse places into the US which not all it could be, there’s something like hope.

      Ms. Park is doing net well individually, and her story is out there several ways, including a long-form interview on a dirty-minded podcast subscribed by millions, hosted by a comic who self-distributed his special the streamers wanted them to censor.

      It may not be good enough in the end, but even so, you can’t stop the signal.