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Alice Kim reveals what life is like after her family defected from North Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Alice Kim was the daughter of two high ranking government officials in North Korea before defecting as a one year old. In order to travel outside of North Korea as diplomats, Alice’s older sister had to stay behind with military officials. Alice’s sister was six years old and has not seen since.

Since her family defected, Alice has struggled with her dual identities. One that had a regular childhood and no recollection of the sacrifices her family made to get her out of North Korea. The other was one where she was reminded and isolated for her family’s previous connections to the country. This, along with the dream of reuniting with her sister inspired her decision to become an advocate for North Korean refugees. She is now part of the HanVoice's Pioneer Project, learning how to become one of the leaders needed to address one of the world’s longest ongoing human rights atrocities.

Alice joins hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson this week to discuss how defecting from North Korea affected her family, the normalization of Kim Jong-un, and her hopes for an re-unified Korea.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.

Image: Ciaran O'Brien. Used with permission.

The show is a JAYU production. JAYU is a Toronto-based charity that shares human rights stories through the arts. JAYU has an annual Human Rights Film Festival, a photography empowerment project and more. You can learn more about JAYU here.

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