Escape or Engage: Surviving North Korea
The little news that filters out from North Korea is rarely good: nuclear threats, human rights violations, food shortages, censorship. For Hyeonseo Lee, facing these challenges was part of everyday life until she managed to escape the country at the age of 17, then help her family do the same nearly a decade later. Lee, author of *The Girl with Seven Names*, has given a powerful voice to the struggles of her countrymen and -women. Singaporean entrepreneur Geoffrey See, on the other hand, is trying to effect change in the country through the nonprofit Choson Exchange, which hosts workshops for North Koreans focused around business and entrepreneurship. In this discussion, we’ll learn from a refugee who was lucky enough to survive fleeing the country and a foreign national who’s trying to teach North Koreans to survive within it. The conversation will be moderated by Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch and the first non-Chinese member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party.