I am Joseph Kim, North Korean defector and TED speaker. AMA.
Hi everyone! My name is Joseph Kim proof and I'm a North Korean who is now living in the U.S.
After my father died of starvation during the famine of the 1990s, my mother and sister went to China. I was left homeless, living on the streets and having to steal and beg to survive. I eventually escaped to China where I connected with Liberty in North Korea and they helped me get out of China and resettle in the United States. With the support of my foster family, I was able to graduate high school and now I'm working on a bachelor's degree in international relations.
I've had some amazing opportunities since resettling. I spoke from the TEDGlobal stage in 2013 and this year I spoke at the UN. Just this month, I published a memoir about my life titled "Under the Same Sky". Find it here:
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Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is a global movement of people that believe in and work alongside the North Korean people to accelerate change. Their efforts are focused in 3 key areas: Working with Refugees, Changing the Narrative, and Research & Strategy. Utilizing a modern-day underground railroad through China and Southeast Asia, LiNK rescues refugees and helps them to reach freedom. LiNK’s global grassroots movement works to redefine public perception on North Korea, shifting attention away from the politics and onto the people, and provides a way for concerned citizens to come alongside the North Korean people and help bring about positive change. LiNK also works to develop people-focused strategies that will have the potential to promote change inside North Korea in the long term.
Update: Thank you for the interest and support for the North Korean people. I ask you to continue lending your ears for the North Korean people and their stories. And I hope really we can work together to make this a better place.