North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Warns Of Anti-American Sentiment On US College Campuses

Yeonmi Park, a North Korean defector and author, recently spoke at Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit in San Antonio, Texas, where she shared her concerns about the growing anti-American sentiment on U.S. college campuses. Park, who studied at Columbia University after escaping from North Korea, found the hatred for the United States taught in American classrooms to be even more severe than what she experienced in her home country.

“The anti-freedom, anti-West, anti-American sentiment was so deep. Their hatred for the American constitution was even more than the North Korean government’s,” Park stated during her interview with Breitbart News. She expressed disbelief at the fact that students were advocating for the same ideology that has brought misery to the people of North Korea.

Park also highlighted the alarming trend of students on U.S. college campuses demanding “collectivism, an equality of outcomes, and socialism,” which she says keeps her up at night. As a resident of New York City, Park has witnessed firsthand the rapid deterioration of the city, which she attributes to these ideologies.

The defector-turned-author emphasized that she did not fully comprehend the concept of freedom until long after her escape from North Korea at the age of 13. It was only after reading works by George Orwell, such as “1984” and “Animal Farm,” that she truly understood the nature of living under a dictatorship and the true meaning of freedom.

Despite being physically free, Park revealed that she still suffers from nightmares of being arrested or executed in North Korea and continues to face threats from Kim Jong-un’s regime.

As the author of “While Time Remains: A North Korean Defector’s Search for Freedom in America” and “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” Park’s unique perspective serves as a powerful warning about the dangers of embracing ideologies that run counter to the principles of freedom and democracy.