Wanted to talk about a character in the name of Hayuk from Barbara Demicks book. He is one that we see have basically no fear in his actions and does some pretty wrecking things while in survival mode. What do you expect from a boy that lost a love one mainly his mother whom to a child is the closest person to them because of the 9 extra months shared in the womb. To make things worst he is raised in a place that is going trough some very troubling time. His father can’t take care of him so he ends up in a shelter and has to basically learn how to survive along with the others in the shelter. There’s really no one for him to look up to or tell him right from wrong and this basically almost cost him his life when he was caught for aiding or helping out smugglers from China which usually resulted in the death penalty. Going through this is something that a boy his age or anybody in that fact shouldn’t ever have to experience. I’m happy though that because of all that he experience and his careless behavior he got to cross the river to China and see the truth and the difference from what he was raised to know.
We witness in the book that Mi-Ran’s father because of his past is a very quiet man who keeps to himself. We know that the reason for this is to protect his children even though they don’t understand it that way. In our own lives that typically seems to happen a lot where we question our parents decisions or ways of doing things and we think as children that we are right and sometimes maybe less than more are right. But as I learned from experience, our parents are usually right no matter how book smart we might be. They are wiser in the years of experience they accumulated and more then not are right no matter what we children might think.
Wanted to talk about Ms. Song for today. Man this lady is the most loyal person that you see in this book. You talk about making a leader proud, she is the perfect example. She is dedicated, goes beyond expectations in the things that she does and just the ideal North Korean. She was such a strong willed lady, mother, wife, helper, leader, etc. Even when things started to collapse and the food portions were going down and work was running out she stayed loyal and didn’t even thinking about doing the things that would disgrace her name like participating in the black market. Even when she was losing people she loved to death of starvation she stayed faithful. It was only when she basically lost everything that she considered selling things because as a human being that’s what you do when you have nothing left and you feel there’s no hope. I commend her loyalty and her perseverance in a society and country that is collapsing. Would most people be as loyal as she is? I don’t think there’s many that would be like Ms. Song. A true figure of Loyalty.
I think it’s very obvious that living in a country like North Korea with a careless leader is your ideal independent thinker. Living in a poorer or strict side of society aids to this too. Having little or even having a lot then losing it also plays a role in this. Or living a life of restsriction and little freedom. Another is losing everything that you have and then basically not caring. Being in survival mode and having hope that there’s better. Or also the opposite of just not caring at all what happens and chancing it all or nothing.