July 01, 2022

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Sersong Han

Sersong Han was born and raised in Pyongyang before defecting to South Korea in 2014.

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Settling in Seoul: Where South Korea succeeds in helping new defectors

Settling in Seoul: Where South Korea succeeds in helping new defectors

Adapting to life in an alien country is a daunting challenge, one defector says, so any assistance can go a long way

Settling in Seoul: Where South Korea succeeds in helping new defectors
Sersong Han
Sersong Han June 21, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do you talk to friends and family back home?

Ask a North Korean: How do you talk to friends and family back home?

Defectors from border areas can arrange calls when sending money, but it’s more difficult for those from Pyongyang

Ask a North Korean: How do you talk to friends and family back home?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han June 13, 2022
Settling in Seoul: The biggest struggles in understanding South Korean society 

Settling in Seoul: The biggest struggles in understanding South Korean society 

North Korea does not allow diversity of opinion, making liberal South Korea – especially online culture – hard to grasp

Settling in Seoul: The biggest struggles in understanding South Korean society 
Sersong Han
Sersong Han April 28, 2022
Settling in Seoul: How was the education center for new North Korean defectors?

Settling in Seoul: How was the education center for new North Korean defectors?

The Hanawon resettlement facility helps new arrivals adjust to South Korean life, but not all defectors like going there

Settling in Seoul: How was the education center for new North Korean defectors?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han April 21, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What stereotypes do defectors encounter in South Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What stereotypes do defectors encounter in South Korea?

Capitalist South Korea requires an entirely new mindset from the socialist North, a source of friction for new defectors

Ask a North Korean: What stereotypes do defectors encounter in South Korea?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han February 23, 2022