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Without You, There is No Us – Book Review

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Without you there is no us, without you there is no homeland

당신이 없으면 우리도 없고, 당신이 없으면 조국도 없다

Suki Kim’s book title jumped out at me from the library shelf. My time with the sons of North Korea’s elite, the sub-title said. What did “Without You, There is No Us” mean? Was it a subtle criticism of Orientalism, how we see North Korea as ‘the other’, ‘the great axis of evil’? Or was it a suggestion of North Korea’s interdependence: that as much as they rejected the rest of the world, they still needed it.

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