June 04, 2023
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Settling in Seoul: The best and worst aspects of life as a North Korean defector

Separation from family and fast pace of life in South are challenging, but freedom from want and fear are irreplaceable

“Settling in Seoul” is a new NK News series in which North Korean defectors share their experiences adapting to life in South Korea.

In this week’s column, Joshua Kim (a pseudonym) — who lived in North Korea until he defected in 2019 — writes about the aspects of his new life in South Korea that he enjoys the most and least.