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The Hard Road Out


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Today, Jihyun Park is the Outreach and Project Officer at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea. Park was the Outreach and Project Office at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea, and is an online Language tutor and Human Rights Activist. Seh-Lynn Chai lives with her family in London but still spends considerable time in Seoul, where her parents reside. A South Korean diplomat's daughter, Seh-lynn was born and raised from an early age in Korea, France and West Africa. Her first career was at JPMorgan before she became a writer. Seh-lynn has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in French Literature from L'Universite Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). She finished her PhD coursework at New York University before completing an MBA at Columbia Business School in 1994.


'A gripping, suspenseful and cathartic memoir that tells a story of pain and perseverance and makes the moral case for asylum.' David Lammy MP

'Extraordinary. ... Elegantly written, reflective, wise, sad and at times almost unbearably painful.' Marcel Theroux

'Park's story is shocking and a testament to her resilience.' The Telegraph

'A steely determination shines through Jihyun's kindly face.' Daily Mail

'Few people can lay claim to a life as remarkable as that of Jihyun Park.' Manchester Evening News

'A compelling and well-written account of life inside (and outside of) North Korea. Moving without being sentimental, comprehensive but never dry.' Daniel Tudor, author of North Korea Confidential

'A story of suffering, detention, fear and humiliation.' The Hon Michael Kirby, former Chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry On Human Rights Violations in North Korea

'Courage and sacrifice befall few. Jihyun is one of those few. This fascinating and shocking book allows us to stand with Jihyun and others like her.' Lord David Alton, Chairman of the British-DPRK All-Party Parliamentary Group

'A startling and brutal reminder of the horrific plight of North Koreans in China, particularly those who are forcibly repatriated. Jihyun narrates the heart-breaking account with such tender desperation that is nothing short of the enduring power of a mother's unconditional love for her children.' Sylvia Kim, Human Rights lawyer

'Gripping. Strikes a good balance in offering colourful cultural details.' Alice Fookes and Anna Souter, UN Women UK

'What Park has done is extraordinarily brave, and rare. She is a survivor who fights to live a life of dignity. This is her story.' Christine Chung, Senior Advisor to the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

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