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Without You, There Is No Us - My Time With the Sons of North Korea's Elite

Suki Kim

A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields-except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime. Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues-evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves-their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own-at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged. Without You, The

A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields-except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime. Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues-evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves-their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own-at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged. Without You, The
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A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields-except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime. Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues-evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves-their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own-at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged. Without You, The

Language:

English

Narrators:

Janet Song

Length:

8h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:23


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:45


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:29


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:59


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:48


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:28


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:55


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:09


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:35


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:59


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:31