Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite

Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite

A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign
Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime.

Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged.

Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."

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There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children

There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children

Two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene puts a human face on the African AIDS crisis with this powerful story of one woman working to save her country's children. After losing her husband and daughter, Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman of modest means, opened her home to some of the thousands of children in Addis Ababa who have been left as orphans. There Is No Me Without You is the story of how Haregewoin transformed her home into an orphanage and day-care center and began facilitating adoptions to homes all over the world, written by a star of literary nonfiction who is herself an adoptive parent. At heart, it is a book about children and parents, wherever they may be, however they may find each other.

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Summary of Without You, There Is No Us: by Suki Kim | Includes Analysis

Summary of Without You, There Is No Us: by Suki Kim | Includes Analysis

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Without You, There Is No Us is a memoir by Suki Kim. In her book, Suki portrays what it was like for a Korean American to teach English to the sons of the North Korean elite during the last few months of the life of Kim Jong-il. Suki Kim was born in South Korea, but she moved with her family to the United States when she was thirteen years old. When her homeland was divided into North and South Korea, with members of her family on both sides of the line, Suki wondered what life was like for the people who remained behind. She went to North Korea to learn more about what had become of her country, and to write a book based on her experiencesthere. Suki first went to Pyongyang in 2008 to cover a concert of the New York Philharmonic. It was on this visit that ...

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The Five Lessons Of Life

The Five Lessons Of Life

An inspiring, beautifully written, true story, this extraordinary book is the account of how the author, Bill Adams, went walking in the Himalayas where he met a mysterious local man of the mountains who gradually imparted his five 'Lessons of Life', before disappearing. These lessons concern how to know youself better, how to fulfil your needs, how to become more effective in everything you do, how to deal with problems, and guidance on your behaviour with others. After searching for and dispairing of ever finding the man again, Adams is visited in New Delhi by a computer engineer who, by an extraordinary coincidence, brings a message from the guru, a message Adams cannot refuse: it is now time to share the Five Lessons of Life.

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Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

LEGO Chain Reactions is packed full of ideas, instructions, and inspiration for 10 LEGO machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. Each machine alone is awesome, but put them together and you get incredible chain reactions. Then, combine the machines in any order you like to create your own chain reactions. Our team of experts worked with educators and 11-year-olds to invent the machines, then wrote a book that teaches the skills (and some of the physics behind the fun) kids need to create their own amazing chain reaction machines.

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Hot Poppies

Hot Poppies

A murder in New York's diamond district; a dead Chinese girl with a photograph in her pocket; a plastic bag of irradiated heroin lying on the mantelpiece in an empty apartment; a fire in a sweatshop in the city's swarming Chinatown; the worst blizzard in New York history...

These events conspire to bring ex-cop Artie Cohen out of retirement and back into an obsessive world of murder and politics that nearly killed him. Artie's struggles to link them take him from New York, his own back yard, to Hong Kong, site of the last big grab on earth, where everything, and everyone, is for sale...

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Lega Mens Cotton Classic Pea Coat Spring & Fall & Winter Ourdoor Jacket(Khaki/US Medium/Asia 3XL)

Lega Mens Cotton Classic Pea Coat Spring & Fall & Winter Ourdoor Jacket(Khaki/US Medium/Asia 3XL)

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