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They ate rats and worms to survive. A fish has nowhere to hide in an aquarium, no privacy, they are watched and controlled.

This book was better written than Escape from Camp pyonngyang, more academic and his story was better contextualized in the bigger story of North Korea.

Several years after finally being released the author and a friend escaped to China and then to South Korea where pyongyag defected. Why is this still allowed to happen? Amazing and disturbingly realistic memories about someone who lived in one of the most mysterious nations in the 21st century.

How can there be a country so laughable in the 21st century? Then the grandfather was taken away one day he just disappeared. They were still under close surveillance though and Kang’s father and grandmother died within a few years of their release.

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Un da su abuelo, que incluso ha donado su fortuna al partido, desaparece. These camps are concentration camps and reading the insights of this defector into the misery inflicted by the state and its agents against others is horrifying.

Months ago, when there was a lot of media buzz about North Korea’s nuclear threats, my interest in this odd country peaked. The author was born and brought up in Japan to Korean-Japanese parents and his grandmother was passionately communist and begged her husband to take the family to North Korea.

Aug 04, Judith rated it it was amazing. I implore you to read The Aquariums of Pyongyang, learn, feel, reflect. KCH makes no apology, but he just shares his account. Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag, also tells the true story of a young man’s time in a North Korean prison camp, but from a different vantage point. Brought up in the family of North Koreans recently reintegrated from Japan to Pyongyang, Chol-Hwan spent 10 years of his so-called youth in a horrific concentration camp, before fleeing the country and telling the world the real story about what actually goes on where Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il are worshiped like gods.


Cruel beatings and other violent punishments are routine and many prisoners become extremely sick, crippled, or permanently disabled while in the gulag. However, the Grandmother, who is the moral leader of the family, feels they should return to North Korean to help support the new government.

Highly recommend this book. The warden arrives and yells, “These things are going to stink to high heaven.

No matter the situation he faced Kang was still able to see hope for his life, in the mountains enclosing Yodok, even in the desperate, necessary actions of his incarcerated life. Cognitive dissonance is the key to this work. Su testimonio, el primero que llega al mundo occidental sobre el Pyomgyang norcoreano, denuncia con una voz sencilla y a la vez firme las mentiras y la corrupcin del supuesto paraso montado al norte del paralelo 38 por la dinasta de los Kim.

His family had actually emigrated to North Korea from Japan because his grandparents believed wrongly that they could return to North Pyomgyang and help re-build the country.

The book paints a vivid picture of the horror of present day life for many in the North. I found myself getting angrier and angrier as the book went on. North Koreans believe that political deviance is hereditary, so extended families are routinely rounded up and incarcerated in gulags for the political crime of one family member.


You’ll no doubt find yourself rooting for Kang to make it to the South, worried he will be stopped and sent back to the North despite knowing from the offset Kang is telling his story as a defector, from Seoul. During the media coverage of the nuclear threats, I remember finding it all very funny, especially when the topic came up on panel shows such as Have I Got News for You.

Los acuarios de Pyongyang

After his release he fled the country, first to China and eventually to South Korea. Kang and his sister had grown up ina concentration camp and survived. There, they faced the constant threat that the Chinese gov’t would find them and send them back to certain execution in North Korea.

The true story of growing up in the worlds most secretive state and the extraordinary circumstances belonging to the life of Kang Chol-Hwan. I’d rather spend our military on freeing N Korea than on friggin Iraq and Afghanistan. A couple things stick out however. Later the reader is go This is the story of pyongynag disenchanted nomenklatura member. There are many buzzwords and phrases you’ll often hear when the country appears in the news, such as crimes against humanity, discrimination, and unspeakable atrocities.

Both books clearly give a picture of the shocking atrocities acuarioa experience in these campus. If George Orwell’s was real, it would be North Korea.

Kang lived in a very large, luxurious, multi-room apartment in privileged comfort almost unheard of in communist Northern Korea. Th Most of the pypngyang of this book are the same so I will note to something different. They were both “purged” the same as Stalin and Hitler add Hussein? See 1 question about Los acuarios de Pyongyang….