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The Resource Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir, Suki Kim

Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir, Suki Kim

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Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir
Title
Without you, there is no us
Title remainder
my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir
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Suki Kim
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Language
eng
Summary
A haunting memoir 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 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 accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them to write, 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. She is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. To them, everything in North Korea is the best, the tallest, the most delicious, the envy of all nations. Still, she cannot help but love them--their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. As the weeks pass, she 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. The students in turn offer Suki tantalizing glimpses into their lives, from their thoughts on how to impress girls to their disappointment that soccer games are only televised when the North Korean team wins. Then Kim Jong-il dies, leaving the students devastated, and leading Suki to question whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged
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technical information on music
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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1970-
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Kim, Suki
Dewey number
  • 951.93051
  • B
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not applicable
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not applicable
LC call number
PE64.K45
LC item number
A3 2014ab
Literary text for sound recordings
  • autobiography
  • memoirs
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PerformerNote
Read by Janet Song
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Song, Janet
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  • Kim, Suki
  • English teachers
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Education and state
  • Korea (North)
  • Korea (North)
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Label
Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir, Suki Kim
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unknown
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digital storage
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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not applicable
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unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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  • not applicable
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Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (08 hr., 34 min., 38 sec.))
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unknown
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online
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not applicable
Isbn
9781101912768
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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digital
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
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other
Stock number
D6A79331-808D-4212-BFE0-367213504108
System control number
  • 2006586
  • (OCoLC)891137620
  • (OCoLC)ocn891137620
  • 2006586
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Label
Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir, Suki Kim
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (08 hr., 34 min., 38 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781101912768
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
Stock number
D6A79331-808D-4212-BFE0-367213504108
System control number
  • 2006586
  • (OCoLC)891137620
  • (OCoLC)ocn891137620
  • 2006586
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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