“With Out You, There Is No Us”

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A memoir by Suki Kim


This book shares the memories of Suki Kim’s time spent with the sons of North Korea’s elite.


The author pretended to be a Christian missionary so she could teach English in a school for young men, the sons of North Korea’s elite.

Each week the teachers had a gathering. A meeting where confessions were shared and hymns were sung. These meetings had to be held without the knowledge of the students because anything that could or would be construed as proselytizing would result in expulsion or even worse, possible imprisonment. This closing paragraph from the segment caught my attention .


“Our service inevitably included testimonies—tearful stories in which personal things were revealed, as if it were group therapy. Stories—this world seemed full of stories. It was rare for anyone to actually see Kim Jong-il, so everything we heard about him was a story. And my Christian colleagues had their stories too, in their Bible.”


Just something to think about.

Now y’all get on with it. 🙂