Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Why We Should All Be Anti-Stalinist/Totalitarian

Kind of speechless about this but at NPR you can read and hear (Real Player or Windows Media Player) the news story (I almost said "full" but this is NPR) on Yodok Story, a new musical opening in Seoul, South Korea about a North Korean prison camp. The director and choreographer both survived prison camps in N. Korea. (What little they have to say is chilling.) The following is something only a person who has lived through a North Korean prison camp would say/do/accept as the price of living:

One of the companies funding Yodok Story backed out in November 2005 because it was afraid of the South Korean government. Jung took out a loan, using his kidney as collateral. "If I can pay them back by April, my kidney will not be removed," he [director Jung Sung-san] says.

...say what?

Also read: Guy DeLisle's Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Drawn and Quarterly Books, Montreal, 2003, 2005.

and recommend anything else i should read.........

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