The North Korean defector, who calls himself a “victim of brainwashing education,” explained what “shocked” him the most when he first stepped on American soil.
Earlier this month, Kim Geum-Hyuk spoke to the YouTube channel DIMPLE, which shares stories and videos about North Koreans. He grew up in the hermit kingdom and went to Pyongyang University before the defect.
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“They taught us to fight [Americans] to the end, “Kim, who now lives in Seoul, South Korea, added that Americans consider themselves in North Korean education to be”; street dogs “or” wolves, “who are considered” people who torture and kill. ” “Completely bad.”
“[Americans are] so nice, funny and open to everything, “Kim shared.” I was so surprised when I first went to California. What I was taught in North Korea was a picture of the cold and anger of the Americans. ‘ “
He said he went in the morning and the man ran, said “hello,” and began to realize that “everyone actually said” hello “on the street, and that it was part of American culture.
“So there are Mexicans, Chinese, Koreans … So many people have created one community,” he said. “I was so surprised by the diversity.”
And the country of America was also stunning to Kim, who said the visit to the Grand Canyon felt like he was going to Mars, and was amazed at how big Texas is. He added that he was surprised that there was no public transportation in California, noting that “the New York subway is really bad and stinking.”
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Given what the North Korean media presented, he said he was convinced that Iraq would win the Iraq war in 2003.
“I was like, ‘Iraq is amazing, it will win,'” he said, “and I found out that America wiped them out in 57 days.” So I thought. “
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In a lighter note, he said the US was a place to “gain weight”, noting that he had added almost £ 10 during his visit.
Kim seeks to bring freedom to her home country as a peace ambassador to One Young World. He is studying political science and diplomacy at the University of Korea.