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Park Ji Woo
Park Ji Woo is author of the "North Korean in New York" series. She left North Korea in the mid 2000s and is now living in New York City, New York.
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When it comes to traveling, there are several differences between North Korea and New York City. First of all, unlike New Yorkers, North Koreans are not allowed to travel from town to town without government permission. In other words, they do not have the freedom to travel. If they need to visit their relatives in other cities, the first thing they have to do is to report it to the government. I know it might sound ridiculous to you, my readers, but it’s true.