Sersong Han was born and raised in Pyongyang before defecting to South Korea in 2014.
DPRK regards military athletes as akin to combatants in war, and the results can be fatal
One of the few defectors to escape by sea tells the story of how he and his father pulled it off
Organizations set aside time for reading newspapers, but most citizens find it tedious and overstuffed with ideology
Adapting to life in an alien country is a daunting challenge, one defector says, so any assistance can go a long way
Defectors from border areas can arrange calls when sending money, but it’s more difficult for those from Pyongyang
North Korea does not allow diversity of opinion, making liberal South Korea – especially online culture – hard to grasp
The Hanawon resettlement facility helps new arrivals adjust to South Korean life, but not all defectors like going there
Capitalist South Korea requires an entirely new mindset from the socialist North, a source of friction for new defectors
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