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North Korean Defector Accepted Into Seoul National University

Here is a good story about a North Korean defector getting accepting into Seoul National University:

A talented young former North Korean, whose dream for a university education was crushed as punishment for his relative’s defection to the South, was admitted to one of South Korea’s top universities.

Kim Seong-cheol, 21, gained admission Friday to the department of economics at Seoul National University. While in the North, Kim was an elite student who had graduated from a prestigious science high school with the third-highest honor. He, however, did not have chance to attend college after his uncle, Jeon Chul-woo, defected in 1989 when he was studying in East Germany.

Since he was not allowed to challenge the North Korean government’s decision, Kim volunteered to join the military in February 2005. Six months into the service, he met a high school friend who was already studying at Kim Il Sung University. The encounter prompted Kim to leave his homeland.

The following year in March, Kim and his family fled by crossing the Tumen River into China. “Even though I came to South Korea, which I believed to be the land of hope, I had a hard time getting used to the new environment,” Kim said.

He began attending Yongsan High School in central Seoul in September 2006. “While in the North, I learned that the ancient Three Kingdoms [Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla] were unified by the Goryeo Dynasty but a history teacher at the Yongsan school taught that it was Silla that did so. I had no choice but to study from the very beginning.”  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

Read the rest of the article, but I found this to be another example of how effective the Kim Jong-il propaganda apparatus is within North Korea when Kim was “was in pain accepting the fact that faith toward North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was false” despite the fact he was a defector that escaped the country.

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  • Requesting Clarifica
    5:00 am on December 15th, 2009 1

    Why do North Koreans teach that 고려 unified Korean and not 신라? 고려 came after 신라. Is it used or has it been used as some sort of historical justification for the existence of North Korea?

  • Requesting Clarifica
    5:01 am on December 15th, 2009 2

    *Excuse me, "Korea" and not "Korean"

  • Teadrinker
    3:50 pm on December 15th, 2009 3

    I'm guessing they do. They commonly refer to their country as 고려 instead of 북한 as people do in South Korea.

  • Teadrinker
    3:54 pm on December 15th, 2009 4

    They probably use it to justify/propagandize their claims on South Korea, too. Kind of like their version of manifest destiny.

  • alcyone
    5:17 pm on December 15th, 2009 5

    I guess it could be propaganda, but it doesn't make sense. If Goryeo unified the three dynasties, that means Goryeo had to exist WITH the three dynasties. I'm curious as how they explain that bit. IF this is propaganda, it seems pretty vain to have to fabricate history that was more than a millenia ago (I think. Either way at least a few centuries ago).

  • Teadrinker
    9:12 pm on December 15th, 2009 6

    Vain fabrications of history is what they do best up north.

  • guitard
    1:21 am on December 16th, 2009 7

    North Koreans refer to their country as 고려? I thought it was 조선.

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