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In North Korea : an American travels through an imprisoned nation
Nanchu, 1953-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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viii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Yalu River -- Slow train -- The travel guards -- En Route to Mt. Myohyang -- Kim II Sung, God in North Korea -- Kim Jong II, behind the veil -- Pyongynag - hell and paradise -- In the shadow of Juche -- Pyongyang's everyday life -- Underground casino -- The DMZ -- Out of the prison country -- Massive flight -- Cold water village -- The dangerous life of the escapee -- Young victims -- North Korea's Auschwitz -- The Mongolia route -- Seeking a change -- Engaging the West -- Beautifying terrorism -- Starve the regime to death? -- Rise in arms? -- The first light.
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This is an account of an American woman's recent travels through North Korea. Throughout her journey, she continually witnessed rundown villages, starving children with hollow eyes, haggard women crawling in the fields for single grains of rice and civilians unloading food aid at the point of bayonets. The author predicts that North Korea's economic reform, which has just started, will progress slowly, but that the country will one day be open to the outside world. It may, however, take another twenty years for this reform to be complete. Small, reluctant changes have already happened though, and this book expresses optimism that one day the North Korean people will end their isolation and join the world's mainstream.

Author Notes

Nanchu lives in Athens, Georgia. Her articles have appeared in Rocky Mountain News, Mid-US News, and Shanghai Health News. Xing Hang is an Eastern Studies scholar at the University of Georgia. He lives in Doraville

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This book documents an American woman's journey through North Korea, giving us her impressions through words and photographs. Freelance journalist Nanchu was born in the People's Republic of China and is now an American citizen; coauthor Xing Hang is an Eastern studies scholar. Sadly, most of what Nanchu observed was poverty, starvation, and a harsh, murderous dictatorship. She saw people trying to eat grass roots and tree bark and states that in February 2002 two million children in the country were starving-a figure that doubled in nine months. Of course, this information cannot be verified, because the country has shut itself in and is one of the most secretive on Earth. That is why the book is so fascinating and important; at least it provides a look at such a forbidden place. Nanchu draws numerous comparisons to Mao's Great Leap Forward, whose hardships she herself weathered. The book contains black-and-white photographs and an excellent appendix and index. Recommended for public and academic libraries with an interest in current events and political science.-Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svcs., Wondervu, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Part I A Country in Prison
1. The Yalu Riverp. 7
2. Slow Trainp. 15
3. The Travel Guardsp. 22
4. En Route to Mt. Myohyangp. 28
5. Kim Il Sung, God in North Koreap. 36
6. Kim Jong Il, Behind the Veilp. 45
7. Pyongynag--Hell and Paradisep. 54
8. In the Shadow of Juchep. 63
9. Pyongyang's Everyday Lifep. 74
10. Underground Casinop. 81
11. The DMZp. 87
12. Out of the Prison Countryp. 102
Part II Bloody Yanbian
13. Massive Flightp. 111
14. Cold Water Villagep. 120
15. The Dangerous Life of the Escapeep. 127
16. Young Victimsp. 132
17. North Korea's Auschwitzp. 137
18. The Mongolia Routep. 143
Part III The Failure of the Communist Utopia
19. Seeking a Changep. 151
20. Engaging the Westp. 159
21. Beautifying Terrorismp. 163
22. Starve the Regime to Death?p. 167
23. Rise in Arms?p. 173
24. The First Lightp. 178
Appendix Timetable of the Faminep. 185
Chapter Notesp. 187
Indexp. 195