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Why I escaped from my brainwashed country | Hyeonseo Lee | TEDxKyoto

Translator: Taylor Busacca
Reviewer: Riaki Poništ Imagine waking up one day and realizing that you were born
on a completely different planet, and everything you learnt was a lie, and your country’s history
was so fabricated, and everyone around you
was so brainwashed, and heroes you worship
were actually monstrous villains. This is like a plot
to a science fiction novel, but it’s the insane reality
for North Koreans like me. From the moment I was born, I was indoctorated to worship
our first dictator Kim Il-Sung. And I always bowed to his pictures
which hang in every North Korean’s home. To us, he was Santa Clause and God, who was delivering presents on holidays
and performing numerous miracles. When he was fighting our enemy, he made bombs from pine cones and turned sand into rice and crossed a river on tree leaves, and he even crossed the rainbow. So that’s why when I was young, I used to believe that I could also
cross the rainbow. With only one source of propaganda and no access to outside information, I was totally ignorant. This is a really good thing,
to live in North Korea, because the regime imposes the deadly mix of ignorance and fears so even if you wanted to wake up
from your Orwellian nightmare, you intentionally put
yourself back to sleep. If you don’t, your entire family, or sometimes three generations of family, will be sent to a political prison camp
in the middle of the night, where starvation and torture are standard. This is what happened
to my friend’s father, who simply said to his best friend,
“The system is unfair.” That’s why my mom told me always,
even when I was young, to be careful. “The birds hear you by day, and the mice hear you at night,” she said. We found safety in our ignorance, and we believed everything
that the regime told us. Especially, we believed the outside world
was miserable and dangerous. I respected the dear leader,
Kim Il-Sung, for protecting us from the American imperialists, who enslave South Koreans
in the horrible capitalist hell, even today. We also believed that in the capitalist countries,
like South Korea and America, so many people die outside hospitals
because they can’t pay. So we were extremely grateful to be living in our Communist utopia. Well, from the famine in the mid-1990s, I saw something different
that doesn’t make sense. People were starving to death,
and I thought to myself, “How can our wonderful
Communist system allow this to happen?” Those began to fill my mind as beggars and dead bodies
filled the street, and I had goosebumps
when I walked home from school, and I sometimes smelled
the decomposing flesh. But it wasn’t until I started watching
illegal Chinese TV at night, in my little secret world
under the blanket, I began to understand the truth
about North Korea in the outside world. I couldn’t imagine what I was watching on Chinese TV, because I’d never seen
the products advertised on TV and the characters
with dyed hair and ripped chins, and living in a bright
and modern new world. So, I realized North Korea
was not a paradise. My family had really good relationships
with the border guys, so one of them helped me
to cross the border into China. Full of curiosity and attraction
about the new world. I decided to take on another
bolder steps to cross the border to find out the truth. And it changed my life forever. After arriving in China, I never thought I could return
to my homelands due to the rumors of my escape, so I would constantly change my name, hunted by the Chinese
authorities all the time. That’s why I became
the Girl with Seven Names. The brilliant new world in China wasn’t for North Korean defectors. It wasn’t for me. So I was hiding in fear and isolation, but I did my best to learn
more about my country, and I was stunned to find that all the history
was horrible propaganda and especially South Korea’s economy
was much ahead of North Korea, which we were brainwashed to believe South Korea was a terribly poor country. And most importantly, I realized that a life of fear,
hunger, and oppression, is a crime against
the North Korean people. I really wanted to experience the half
of the divided Korean Peninsula, so in the end, I made
another big decision again by taking a flight
from China to South Korea. Even though I was flying South,
back to the land of Korean people, I felt like I was flying farther
and farther from my family. And when I landed, I thought about the DMZ
dividing the Korean Peninsula, and I was asking myself, “Am I going to be separated
from my family forever?” At the airport I was so hopeful
when I asked for asylum, but I received a rude
introduction to South Korea. The two officials checked
my phoney Chinese passport and Visa, and they asked me with suspicious eyes, “These are real. Are you really a North Korean defector?” They thought I was Chinese citizen trying to receive
a South Korean citizenship. So, they told me to go back
to China on the next flight, or else I would receive
strict punishment under the law, and then be deported. My life flashed before my eyes. I couldn’t believe, even in South Korea, I was in danger of being deported
to China and then back to North Korea, where I would be tortured and publicly executed
for visiting the South. I almost had a breakdown. At the long interrogation, I had to still convince
the South Korean authorities that I wasn’t a North Korean spy
or a Chinese citizen. It’s ironic that while I was hiding
in China for many years, I had to convince the Chinese authorities
that I wasn’t a North Korean defector. Now I had to do my best to convince
the South Korean authorities that I actually was
a North Korean defector. And then in 2009, I returned to the border
between North Korea and China, and arranged a route
for my my family to escape. My family all walked
across freezing water under the seven
border guarders’ protection, because they were friends, but we were almost caught
in China several times. Within the first five minutes of departure a Chinese military soldier
got on the bus and started checking IDs. My family couldn’t speak Chinese,
so we would be easily exposed. As the soldier approached, my brother’s face turned so dark,
like he was going to die. So I quickly jumped in the aisle
in front of the soldier, and I started taking pictures
of his face to distract him. He screamed at me, I apologized, and in the end,
he ran off the bus in anger. Amazingly we survived
the 2,000 km across China, but in the end my family
went through hell in Laos, after being imprisoned twice. I was so devastated to see
my mother’s frail body and bony face when I came to get her out the prison. After 14 years of long separation, we could finally be reunited
in South Korea in 2010. But after even we found real freedom, I realized that we can never be free
from the North Korean regime, because the leadership
became increasingly angry, like defectors like me, we’re were sharing
our stories with the world, and then telling the truth
about the human rights overseas which made the United Nations’
landmark COI report last year. So the regime fought back by making
a propaganda videos against defectors. They featured North Korean relatives,
back in North Korea, Revealing the huge rift and mental anguish for those of us who speak out. At the same time, the regime
also was struggling to fight two of the biggest
threats to its existence: information flowing in
and people flowing out. The external information, especially South Korean dramas and movies that have made South Korea
so popular among the North Korean people and shattered the propaganda
about the regime’s superiority. So in response, the regime enhanced the border’s
security situation to prevent defections, and the propagandists brought
a surprising solution, the Defector Press Conference, which featured North Koreans who actually first escaped to South Korea but then returned to North Korea later. In the Defector Press Conference, the returning defectors told similar
stories about their defection, like South Korean intelligence agent
tricked them into defecting, so they suffered miserable
lives in capitalist societies, so they dreamed to return to North Korea, and ultimately the supreme leader,
Kim Jung-un, welcomed them back home despite their betrayal. But there’s evidence that these defectors
were actually forced by the regime to return and give the press conference. But it’s tragic that actually
North Korean defectors are suffering in South Korea even though we sacrificed
everything to reach freedom. When we finally find it, we are still suffering
with many different reasons and confronted by the North Korean regime. We are on the front lines of the battle
against the North Korean tyranny, the regime’s tyranny,
by the human rights offices, and we are winning thanks to many of you
who fight by our side. And to anyone who wants
to join in our fight please share our story widely, so the whole world
will know about the truth in my country, North Korea. Thank you. (Applause)

Otis Rodgers



  1. Mar Son of Jo Posted on July 4, 2019 at 8:45 am

    "From the frying pan to the fire." Don't you think?

  2. H.P Alternativeproduction Posted on July 6, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I’m sorry, I can’t understand it’s kinda Nerv raking

  3. kooolkidninjamaster Posted on July 9, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I read her book. This girl is next level man

  4. Samir Al-hafzi Said Mohammad Abou Posted on July 9, 2019 at 10:00 am

    This might sound strange… But does anyone else support kim jong un??

    I just cant determine what we hear about north korea is a lie and what isnt

  5. Tara Ko Posted on July 10, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I just watched that amazing clip out of sudden, thinking of one of Koreans’ video.
    But the story is quite sad and miserable for me because I’m just one of Korean with you as well…
    why just one country has to be separated?? I don’t understand the history…
    I think she is really brave ever and by the way a little bit I’m concerned about what she will be going on… following this announcement… quite against N.K… is it acceptable? Just I wonder.
    Her English is also great as well without strong English accents… and I could get it almost!!
    I’m in the middle of 30’s and… sometimes I imagine the good deed for the whole world later…
    She gave me a big impact. Thanks for your wonderful speech and freedom!!
    I wish you can keeping on 🙂

  6. Live Bright Posted on July 11, 2019 at 3:22 am

    This is tragic. People being held like animals and if anyone tries to do anything, they are gone. Even if an entire country acted against them there’s a good chance there will be a nuclear war and even more deaths.

  7. Bahaari TV Posted on July 13, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Whenever I hear things about North Korea and the regime, it reminds me of a huge powerful cult

  8. Thewatcheronthewall Posted on July 14, 2019 at 5:07 am

    North Korea is a training experiment for Europe.

  9. Thomas Serrano Posted on July 14, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Such oppressive and pathological systems are made possible when the majority gives in to the lies and to despair.
    (Badly paraphrasing Mr. Soljenitsyne)

  10. Ken M Posted on July 15, 2019 at 12:44 am

    'Merica is a military state which oppresses minorities and those different from themselves -sjw idiots

  11. Nachuak Posted on July 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    The part about the American medical system not too far off the msrk.

  12. TOASTYCO. AV Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    even tho shes not talking about america, shes describing it with scary accuracy

  13. Chris Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:40 am

    The girl with 7 names. Title of the movie about her escape.

  14. phivan d Posted on July 17, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Unless you had lived under the communist rules, her speech is probably not much making any sense for what she is saying is beyond a normal understanding of a normal human people

  15. Kristine Smart Posted on July 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    It knocks me back as a human being how strong and courageous, intelligent these young people from other nations learn English so diligently and fast! Bravo.

  16. Phineas J Whoopie Posted on July 18, 2019 at 3:14 am

    An extremely beautiful woman. A bittersweet story she has to tell.

  17. John Doe Posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:48 am

    welcome to our brainwashed country

  18. Cookie Posted on July 20, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Thank you for sharing your story with us

  19. Que Unlimited Posted on July 20, 2019 at 11:21 am

    …and you think we're not brainwashed here????

  20. Geographics Posted on July 21, 2019 at 2:31 am

    "The birds hear you at day and the mice hear you at night."

  21. Old Ranger Posted on July 21, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Best Ted Talk Yet

  22. row1landr Posted on July 21, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    I just finished your book! It was amazing! You are a beautiful, strong ,brave and courageous young woman! Thank you for speaking out on this…. the abuse of the people of North Korea!

  23. phylwx Posted on July 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    People would believe anything if it give reason to hate others.

  24. William Griffin Posted on July 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    The unbelievable unending nightmare of the most brutal regime on the planet ?? we have the tools and the power to take him and the majority of his regime totally out
    with a single missile and send a message to all other equally brutal dictatorships what they do there is the peak of inhumanity not seen since Pol Pot of Cambodia ???
    read the comments to the bottom.. that will stick with you..

  25. star in the sky Posted on July 22, 2019 at 4:09 am

    But Socialism is Grrreat …of wait! Some one please slap AOC

  26. Simon Davey Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:12 am

    An incredibly moving talk. One day the light of justice will shine on North Korea. Of that I am confident.

  27. manh nguyen Posted on July 22, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    i do not understand what she was taliking about?

  28. kickinbackinOC Posted on July 23, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Brave girl….
    God bless

  29. Vagner Mesquita Posted on July 23, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    This is so sad 🙁

  30. joefromravenna Posted on July 23, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Her story reminds me of standing on wrong side of iron curtain. Being 18 inches from the fence is something i will always remember.

  31. Matthew Shields Posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Form the title I was guessing North Korea or China.

  32. Uvuvwevwevwe Onyetenywevwe Ugwemubwem Ossas Posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:31 am

    How are we gonna fight back if they have nukes?

  33. 3D Print Solutions Posted on July 24, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Saddam Hussein was hunted down for possessing weapons of mass destruction and human rights violations, why has North Korea allowed to do these things without the same ramifications.

  34. Emily Darkin Posted on July 24, 2019 at 10:30 am

    She is so, incredibly brave for sharing her story… more people need to watch this.

  35. RM Hang Posted on July 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I thought at the beginning she was talking about my country China.

  36. blakespower Posted on July 24, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    she does have a chinese accent. she was in China a long time

  37. blakespower Posted on July 24, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I learry rove her

  38. Venture Electronics Posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Will you stop switching the damn screens.

  39. Don ta Posted on July 24, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    All commies god … now it’s time xi jing ping to be god … 😆

  40. youngsamuel1 Posted on July 24, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    LOL she escaped one and landed in another, maybe worse🤣🤣🤣

  41. chrisw Posted on July 25, 2019 at 1:40 am

    " The Biggest Danger, Is The Subtlety Of Bolshevism. " George Orwell.

  42. yado Posted on July 25, 2019 at 9:12 am

    from one brainwashed country to another brainwashed country.

  43. Tommy Aung - GMail Posted on July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Go hiding

  44. VaidasJSP Posted on July 26, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Hearing miracles told about dictator reminds me about miracle stories of Krishna, so was he also a dictator?

  45. ChannelMerch Don't Leave Cash on the Table Posted on July 26, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Sorry, Trump isn't a U.S. President who will Promote or Stand for Freedom. He's more Pro- Tyrant than Pro-Freedom !!!!

  46. Artur Przybyl Posted on July 26, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Whole world history looks like that lies lies and more lies about so many things

  47. Omnipitous Posted on July 27, 2019 at 12:29 am

    An amazing lady to be sure.

  48. 250txc Posted on July 27, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Not alot different from the usa since the turn of the century till now, except sort of played in some-sort of reverse of our way of life,, hope the media is payed well enough there to pay for their sins

  49. 4 & 20 Black Birds Posted on July 28, 2019 at 12:23 am

    out of the frying pan into the hellfire of rest of the world.
    You think living in America isn't a fail state?

  50. Paul Smith Posted on July 28, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Korean are so kind…. Love!!!!!

  51. Shawn s,dndfn Posted on July 29, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I saw the title and just assumed she was from the u.s.a…

  52. John Varn JR Posted on July 29, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    how is she going to escape western brainwashing now? has she made it to china yet?

  53. Like/Dislike and Comment; repeat Posted on July 29, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    To understand the Terror that people who think differently than the majority passes by is beyond me.
    Imagine… imagine fearing for your life and your family by simply doing any minor mistake in front of other people.

  54. Adff Ffhtr Posted on July 29, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    There is something worse than being brainwashed. It is believing you are not being brainwashed, if that is what she thinks living the West. All Media are controlled and owned by globalist Jews and Google owns and controls what you read, watch, and learn.

  55. Adff Ffhtr Posted on July 29, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    You all idiots, you don't realize that you are being fed the same kind of lies about North Korea than she says North Korea says about America.

  56. killer bee Posted on July 30, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Forgive me, but China is also Communist… so… what are you saying here?

  57. zeng heng Posted on July 30, 2019 at 4:46 am

    she just tries her best to fit in another country by throwing mud to original country

  58. Ulm Munster Posted on July 30, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    In the USA we call them Democrats.

  59. Damian Wayne Posted on July 31, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Well most of what 'dear leader' said was surely propaganda he wasn't entirely wrong about dying because they can't pay. Every year thousands of people in the U.S because they don't have acess to quality health care.

  60. just ignore me Posted on July 31, 2019 at 6:42 am

    "Orwellian nightmare"

  61. Nomad Eel Posted on July 31, 2019 at 9:03 am

    She is the definition of a strong women

  62. 王一帆 Posted on July 31, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I don’t believe her. What such a liar. North Korean are happily living in the planet with a unique social system . Don’t use western demography and freedom to judge the society of North Korea.

  63. Hailun Yang Posted on July 31, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Trump said Kim is a great leader and their country have great future.

  64. CocktaiLMolotovX Posted on July 31, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    this woman is too cute

  65. Bangtan Freak Posted on August 1, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Shes so beautiful💖

  66. мιdnιgнт Posted on August 1, 2019 at 9:18 am

    The same is happening in the arab world .. it's sad how the great nations support and protect dictators that achieve their policies and interests and don't care about the people

  67. B P Posted on August 3, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I'm here in the U S ….I have no clue as to how bad it was for you and everyone who is still there now . I'm glad your here now 😊 😊 😊

  68. D. E. Posted on August 3, 2019 at 7:39 am

    While it's not as intense as it is in North Korea, the same thing is happening in the US right now. The media is nothing but lies, our true history has been hidden. Everything most Americans think is true is a lie.

  69. Mike Riley Posted on August 3, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Wow that's a amazing and real life . Wow

  70. Navid Pey Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    She’s beautiful

  71. Truthseeker V Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    It's the same in the USA. Fake history, people living lies, most people are brainwashed and most politicians are villains.

  72. AMAZING WEALTH Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    "There is an abundance of safety in ignorance"

  73. Mecoracon Lola Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    please don’t vote democrats, so you don’t create a similar regime of the country you left.
    Vote republican.

  74. Aleks Seb Posted on August 5, 2019 at 3:32 am

    After this video, I realized that I'm actually blessed in the country I live in.
    The most incredible thing is that this one girl is capable of taking down the sick regime of North Korea:

    She wrote a book and published it: The Girl with Seven Names (3,062 Amazon customer reviews)
    She did a live Tedx Talk
    And had millions watch her story on YouTube

    One girl can free her whole country… if we all stand beside her!

  75. Dorothy G. Tyas Posted on August 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Kudos! Let this heroic woman's chilling account serve as a cautionary tale for all those who espouse freedom. This is especially true in light of the West's metastasizing MATRIX of globalist lies, spies, and pie in geo-engineered skies effected by those who self-avowedly seek full spectrum planetary dominance!

    Realize that this is being systematically engineered by sly transnational deep state corporate guys'n allies—whom we must vehemently decry: stop dead in their hege(de)moniacal tracks, in fact!

    This courageous woman is aptly describing the engineered encroachment of a chillingly fascistic future, discourtesy of transnational Western techocrats and their fellow political psychopaths. Their proposed NWO is little more than a dystopian nightmare from the annals of George Orwell.

    Hence, welcome hellcome citizen to that horror which the speaker managed to escape! ☜💀

  76. P X Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I don't trust her. In fact, North Korean is a better place than democratic India.

  77. Kami Ore Posted on August 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Nice talk. But m personally i hate speeches and such that sound scripted. Pre spoken. At least fake natural. I cant take anything serious that sounds like this

  78. Jake Posey Posted on August 8, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I had a pretty good idea from the title why

  79. Si Filey Posted on August 8, 2019 at 11:14 am

    West has turned Asiapeople onto each other. Divide and Conquer.
    Western Post Colonial Oppression Still Exists. They've been destroying countries for over 800years. People all Over Still Suffer.
    Malcolm X – "How the White Man Taught You How To Hate Yourself And Your People"

  80. Dj White Posted on August 10, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Lovely lady from NK

  81. jianwei su Posted on August 10, 2019 at 2:45 am


  82. Wade Z. Mao Posted on August 10, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I never live in this kind of country.. so I’ll thank for the subtitle… for me to understand what she was saying

  83. bobi7 tanevski Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    LORD JESUS IS GOD ❤️ ADONAI JAHVE ❤️ ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN !!! GOD is Spirit , JESUS was GOD in Flesh on Earth 🌍 LORD JESUS WIN ON CROSS FOR US !!! Please Repent IN JESUS NAME ❤️ No more time

  84. Thatoneguy onyoutube Posted on August 10, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    i was waiting for her to break into a kpop song

  85. Om Shree Posted on August 11, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Hey America, they could use some of your freedom .

  86. Chris Russell Posted on August 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    shes even more beautiful than she looks with that added glow of inner strength…

    dont worry. we ALL know about north korea. sadly, they know little about us…

  87. Policajt23 Posted on August 12, 2019 at 12:26 am

    please say sike right now

  88. yisheng zheng Posted on August 12, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Actually, wherever we are, we would be brainwashed as long as we live among human beings. The only difference is the idea that wash your brain. Are we really sure which is the best idea, the democracy, the communism, the morality or the law? I think in western countries, they are actually brainwashed more severely cause they have more stubborn ideas in their mind and they even want the world to accept their ideas.

  89. CLI NTEL Posted on August 12, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    A whole country of kool-aide drinkers and oppressed people. Damn shame. Glad she got out.

  90. Tony Maynard Posted on August 13, 2019 at 4:28 am

    There are a few mistakes in the subtitles. She says "jeans" not "chins" and "Double Defector Press Conference" not "the Defector Press Conference."

  91. F.M. Lakhani Posted on August 13, 2019 at 4:38 am

    This lady would have continue as so called patriot ( fascist) if she had not suffered personal loss .

  92. Vishwanath Krishna Posted on August 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    surreal….what you have been through….I salute your courage

  93. luyx wyt Posted on August 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    “I escaped from my brainwashed country”…to another brainwashed country

  94. 好名 Posted on August 15, 2019 at 9:36 am

    you are really from north korean? If you are, you are only a poor brainwashed girl by the western world.

  95. sam Posted on August 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    you can't escape from yourself

  96. Man Ransom Posted on August 18, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Is she describing the Democratic Party?

  97. Maximillian Ford Posted on August 20, 2019 at 6:15 am

    The North Korean government does not like this video