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A North Korean defector named Yeonmi Park said that the future of America would be the same as that of North Korea after facing much control at Columbia University.
Yeonmi Park is a defector who ran from North Korea over a decade ago with her mother when she was just 13-year-old. She was very excited to study at Columbia University until she got admission there.
Both mother and daughter went into China, where they fell into the trap of human traffickers and were sold as slaves. At last, they run off to Mongolia before getting refuge in South Korea.
Park attended Columbia University in 2016 but was astonished after realizing what education gets provided in the University. She stated to Fox News, “I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think.”
She further added, “I realized, ‘Wow, this is insane.’ I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”
The alikeness she talked about is political correctness as well as the anti-Western sentiment.
While studying there, she felt like these American schools are trying to restrict students’ minds and critical thinking. She explained her this belief in the following lines,
“In North Korea I literally believed that my dear leader (i.e., Kim Jong-un ) was starving,” Park remembered.
“He’s the fattest guy – how can anyone believe that? And then somebody showed me a photo and said, ‘Look at him, he’s the fattest guy. Other people are all thin.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God, why did I not notice that he was fat?’ Because I never learned how to think critically.”
In 2015, Park brought out her memoir named “In Order to LIve”, which is an orderly journey to get freedom from the brutal regime of North Korea.
In that journal, she mentioned that the United States doesn’t seem as accessible as previously thought.
In an interview with Fox News, Park says that
“Because I have seen oppression, I know what it looks like”
“These kids keep saying how they’re oppressed, how much injustice they’ve experienced. They don’t know how hard it is to be free.”
Park’s Experience At Columbia University
Parks had a dream to get admission at the University as she thought she would be getting much freedom to live and think.
Although when she arrived, their scenario was quite contrary as she thought. She set out a culture of federal correctness at the Ivy League foundation and says it resembles mind-control normal in North Korea, where her roots belonged.
In an interview, she said that “I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think.”
“I realized, ‘Wow, this is insane.’ I thought America was different, but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”
By remembering an incident from her University when she was criticized by one of the staff members for showing her likeness for Jane Austan books, she said,
I said, ‘I admire those novels.’ I thought it was a genuine thing.
Then she said, ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They are racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.
She further said that once, she was also criticized for utilizing a gender-neutral pronoun and was asked to imitate them. Park found it strange as it was a pretty new thing for her.
“English is my third language. I acquired it as an adult. I sometimes still say ‘he’ or ‘she’ by slip, and now they are going to ask me to call them ‘they’?” she said. “How the heck do I incorporate that into my sentences?”
Park added that it was turmoil and felt like the regression in the culture.
“Even North Korea is not this nuts. North Korea is pretty crazy, though not this crazy.”
While telling about her experience at Columbia University, she said the University tried to make her feel that American Students are diminishing their capability of conceptualizing.
She was able to relate America with North Korea because she was too acquainted with her native land.
Somehow the U.S. People are Brainwashed
In the other part of the interview, Park highlights the circumstances in North Korea are pretty distinct from those displayed in the United Nations.
In her native land, people cannot access the internet and further connect with the rest of the world. However, the U.S. condition is different.
“In some ways, they (in the U.S.) are brainwashed. Even though there is evidence so clearly in front of their eyes they can’t see it,” Park Concluded.