North Korean defectors aim to cook up new lives
SEOUL (Reuters) Broke and alone in South Korea, North Korean defector Choi Hyun ok is learning to cook and promote dishes buy canada goose jacket cheap from her homeland, hoping new skills will ease her way into life in a country where she has found refuge but has also been shunned.
The tired looking 40 year old, who declined to give canada goose deals her real name for fear of reprisals against https://www.expeditionparkaoutlets.ca her family still in the North, was a construction worker before fleeing a year ago.
But after three months in a government facility to help cheap Canada Goose her adapt to life in the South, she got work in a restaurant only to find she was treated with suspicion because of her accent.
was physically exhausted from my battle between life and death and fear of getting caught by the Chinese police before sneaking into the South canada goose store Korean embassy in Beijing, she said.
coming to the South, I was financially strapped after paying millions of won (thousands of dollars) to a broker who helped me escape.
But now she is part of a program that on the face of it trains North Korean defectors like her canada goose coats to be ambassadors for the food of the North, to find them jobs and whose long term goal is to train people who can help bridge cultural gaps between the two uneasy neighbors in the event that they one day reunite.
Over the last few canada goose black friday sale decades, more than 20,000 North Koreans have fled from the world Canada Goose Jackets most reclusive state for their southern neighbor. But as more canada goose outlet toronto factory have arrived in South Korea, there have been fewer job openings.
According to the North Korean Refugees Foundation, in 2010 nine percent of canada goose North Korean defectors canada goose in the South were jobless compared with just three percent of the wider population. About 63 percent of defectors stayed no longer than a year at one workplace, in some cases due to trouble adjusting.
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SEPARATION For several months, Choi and 19 classmates have been learning how to make dishes such as Haeju canadian goose jacket style bibimbap, a rice dish topped with vegetables. Northern food is less sweet than that of the south, and has more pickled items.
The mood in the class is light hearted. When the students introduce themselves in speech class, they joke that they are still more comfortable with the bombastic style of speaking used on North Korean propaganda broadcasts.
Korean people don fully understand what we been through, such as the desperate separation from our families, and insomnia, Choi said.
Lee Ae ran, the program organizer and a professor of nutrition at Kyungin Women College, who herself was a defector, said that the training course had several goals.
Getting work is only the most obvious. If and when the two Koreas are eventually reunited, defectors may have a key role to play in bridging cultural gaps, she said.
people have only canada goose outlet store locations some buy canada goose jacket narrow, unbalanced thoughts about North Korea that it is poor and its people are starving to death, said Lee, who defected to the South in 1997 and won the 2010 International Women of Courage award.
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Korean food is not that popular here now and many North Korean restaurants have already closed or are struggling, said Park Jung Canada Goose sale ran, at the Unification Institute of Seoul National University.
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But the trainees are thankful Canada Goose Parka and upbeat about their new lives.
the people in the North, who are deprived of Canada Goose online education and job opportunities, this class has helped me change my thinking. It gives me a chance to succeed, said Choi.