January 27, 2022

Moon’s triangle: a fourth generation Japanese-Korean in Seoul

Moon chose South Korean nationality over the North's, though hopes to return to Pyongyang

There’s a Korean saying, “in ten years, even the rivers and mountains change.” But Moon ki-soo, a fourth-generation son of a Korean family in Japan says that he and his family have kept their Korean identity for almost 100 years, fighting against discrimination along the way.

“We, descendants from Korea residing in Japan, choose our nationality twice in our lives,” Moon says to NK News. “When we’re young, our parents decide it for us but as we graduate from high school, we choose our own nationality.”