North Korean defectors
Since the division of Korea after World War II and the end of the Korean War (1950–1953), some North Koreans have managed to defect for political, ideological, religious and economic reasons. A promin...
An Hyuk
An Hyuk (born 1968) is a North Korean defector. He formerly lived as an expatriate in China, and repatriated to North Korea in 1986; however, he was accused of spying, and imprisoned at the Yodok conc...
List of North Korean defectors in South Korea
This is a list of North Korean defectors in South Korea. North Korean defectors typically received a great deal of media attention in the past; however, as their numbers increase, this is becoming les...
Kang Chol-Hwan
Kang Chol-hwan (born July 1969) is a defector from North Korea. As a child he was imprisoned in the Yodok concentration camp for 10 years; after his release he fled the country, first to China and eve...
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Jang Gil-su
Jang Gil-su (Korean: 장길수) is a North Korean defector who fled North Korea in 1999 at age 15. He became famous in South Korea following publication there and in the U.S. media of his chilling crayon d...
Hwang Jang-yop
Hwang Jang-yop (Chosŏn'gŭl: 황장엽; February 17, 1923 – October 10, 2010) was a North Korean politician who defected to South Korea in 1997, best known for being, to date, the highest-rank...
Hwang Jang-yop - Wikipedia
John Chun
John M. Chun (August 3, 1928 – July 6, 2013) was a North Korea-born American car designer. Chun designed the Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT500 models, as well as the Shelby AC Cobra, released between 196...
Yoo Sang-joon
Yoo Sang-joon is a North Korean defector with South Korean citizenship. He is sometimes known under his pseudonym Nam Hong-chul, which he used to maintain his anonymity while in northeast China workin...
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Hanvoice
HanVoice is a Canadian-based human rights organization established in 2007 to assist North Korean refugees. The organization's name is derived from the word "han(한)", which in the Korean language mean...
Jeju Uprising
The Jeju Uprising was a rebellion on Jeju island, off the south coast of the Korean Peninsula, from April 3, 1948 until May 1949, following the brutal suppression of protests. Between 14,000 and 30,00...
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Joo Seong-ha
Joo Seong-ha (Hangul: 주성하) is a journalist from North Korea who defected to South Korea in 2002. Currently he is working as a reporter in the international department of the newspaper Donga Ilbo.<...
Kenji Fujimoto
Kenji Fujimoto (藤本 健二, Fujimoto Kenji) is the pen name of a Japanese chef who claimed that he was former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's personal sushi chef from 1988 to 2001. Fujimoto publi...
Jeong Kwang-il
Jeong Kwang-il is a North Korean defector and former political prisoner who currently lives in South Korea and actively smuggles movies, soap operas, and entertainment on DVDs and USB thumb drives (so...
Song Hye-rang
Song Hye-rang (born 1935) is a North Korean defector and author. Her father was a wealthy South Korean landowner who moved to the North for political reasons, while her mother was an editor of the off...
Son Jong-nam
Son Jong-nam (11 March 1958 – December 2008) was a North Korean defector and Christian missionary, who died in a Pyongyang prison after being arrested in 2006.
Son was born in Chongjin, North...
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Kyong Wonha
Kyong Wonha (or Kyong Won-ha) is a nuclear scientist who may have participated in developing the North Korean nuclear program.According to a report published in the Weekly Australian he left North Kor...
Lee Soon Ok
Lee Soon-ok (born 1947) is a former political prisoner and defector from North Korea. She resides in South Korea.
For six years, Lee was imprisoned in Kaechon concentration camp where she has repo...
North Koreans in Russia
North Koreans in Russia consist mainly of three groups: international students, guest workers, and defectors and refugees. A 2006 study by Kyung Hee University estimated their total population at roug...
Kim Hyon Hui
Kim Hyon-hui (Chosŏn'gŭl: 김현희, Hanja: 金賢姬; born January 27, 1962), also known as Ok Hwa, is a former North Korean agent, responsible for the Korean Air Flight 858 bombing in 1987, which killed 115 pe...
Park Sang Hak
Park Sang-hak is a South Korean democracy activist and is the chairman of Fighters for a Free North Korea.
Park grew up in a privileged family in North Korea. After graduating college, he was give...
Park Sang Hak - Wikipedia
Nothing to Envy
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea is a part-novelization (2009) of interviews with refugees from Chongjin, North Korea, written by Los Angeles Times journalist Barbara Demick. In 2010, th...
Nothing to Envy - Wikipedia