The migration mission: How Christians shape the defection process

Scholar describes how faith-based Korean groups have made defection a ‘religious exodus’ and nationalist goal
June 6th, 2014
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Like it or not, Christians play an especially large role in the lives of North Korean defectors.

North Korea holds a special place in the hearts of both South Korean and Korean-American Christian missionaries who look to North Korea as a place with a common past and, possibly, a shared future. And Professor Ju Hui

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Gianluca Spezza

Gianluca is the research director of NK News. He focuses his research on North Korean society, the role of education in the DPRK, gender issues in North Korea and North Korean ideology. He holds a Master in Humanities from the University of Torino (Italy) and a M.Soc.Sc. in Asian Studies from the University of Turku, Finland. He worked in East Asia (including South Korea) as an education consultant for five years. Mail: [email protected] Follow: @KazakhPilot

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  • Xavier

    Han says “The point, I think, is not to dismiss any belief system as irrational or
    irrelevant, because they are certainly important for the participants
    in it.”

    While I agree that we must recognize the relevance and importance of these people’s belief systems in motivating their activities, these belief systems may still be entirely irrational. The fact that an idea is so powerful that it may lead you do embark on dangerous endeavours in a testament to the strength or personal relevance of that idea, not to its foundation in truth or reality.

    Most of these groups’ beliefs are objectively irrational, and that can never be completely separated from their work.