Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America

Wow, you have to read this book:

Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America

It really is amazing. It’s by Joseph Kim (the guy giving the TED talk)

A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea, followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage.

Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy’s normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China.

Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal. He had nothing but a street-hardened survival instinct. Finally, in desperation, he, too, crossed a frozen river to escape to China. There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the US as refugees.

Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life. He turned a new leaf, became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength.

Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.

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Summer in New York

As the first day of summer approaches, I can’t wait to enjoy summer in New York. Tourists fill the streets as they take vacation to New York. People are outside, walking, running, enjoying Central Park, and eating at nice restaurants. Summer is a great time to be in NY. When you get too hot, you can easily find a store or shop to get some cool refreshing AC. Nice.

Summer in New York. Definitely the best time to be in NY.

Visiting One World Trade Center

I finally got to visit One World Trade Center. Filled with memories, sadness, and confusion. Relatives of missing World Trade Center victims want remains removed from 9/11 museum. 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is America’s tallest building. Rent is getting cheaper at the One World Trade Center. Maybe people are afraid. Formerly called the Freedom Tower, the building stands near the former location of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. I think I’d be afraid to work there every day.

I love NYC during Christmas!

Everyone comes to NYC during Christmas. Lights everywhere! People shopping. Cold streets, but lots of warm bodies everywhere. Everyone crowds the Starbucks and also they’re taking pictures on the streets. Bells ringing. People dressed up like Santa. Christmas in NYC is great! My favorite thing to do is to watch some shows, drink hot chocolate, eat lots of yummy food, and celebrate! I don’t like to hang out during New Year’s because it just gets too crazy for me.

 

From hunger to hope: Joseph Kim

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I wish I could have attended TEDGlobal 2013. There, a brave man named Joseph Kim described his journey out of North Korea.


In his quietly powerful first-person account, Joseph tells us about a family — a father, mother and older sister — constantly struggling against poverty. In the Great Famine of 1994, the 4-year-old Joseph and his sister would look for firewood from 5am until midnight. More than 1 million North Koreans died of starvation during that time. No one thought about politics and freedom, he says. “Hunger is humiliation. Hunger is hopelessness.”

A Political Map of North Korea

A Political Map of North Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Chihyun Kim DDS in Pasadena, CA

There is a person named Joseph C Kim who lives on the other side of the country. Looks like he’s a dentist:

Joseph Chihyun Kim DDS in Pasadena, CA – (626) 795-9328
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Find Joseph Chihyun Kim DDS at 1092 E Green St, Pasadena, CA. Call them at (626) 795-9328.

Joseph Chihyun Kim DDS in Pasadena, CA – 626-795-9328
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Find Joseph Chihyun Kim DDS at 1092 E Green St, Pasadena, CA. Call them at (626) 795-9328.

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