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Hyeonseo Lee: Life in North Korea


Asia House is pleased to host a night with Hyeonseo Lee, who escaped North Korea at the age of 17. Talking about her memoir The Girl with Seven Names (published 2 July 2015), Hyeonseo will provide extraordinary insight into the lives of North Koreans generally on top of telling her own incredible story. 

As a child, Hyeonseo lived a privileged middle class life in North Korea and thought her country was “the best on the planet”. It wasn‘t until the devastating famine of the 1990s that she began to question this belief. When she escaped to China she spent years in hiding as an illegal immigrant, with no identity and seven names.

She eventually sought asylum in South Korea and after 11 years journeyed back to North Korea to rescue her mother and brother.

She is now at university in South Korea, where she is a human-rights advocate and spokesperson for the North Korean refugee community.

In conversation with Jemimah Steinfeld, Literature Festival Manager at Asia House, this talk will offer rare insight into one of the world’s most secretive nations.

A drinks reception and book signing will follow.

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July 1, 2015
18:30 - 20:00
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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