Crossing Heaven's Border



Hark Joon Lee, Filmmaker & South Korean Newspaper Reporter
Sang-Hun Choe, New York Times
David Straub, Stanford University
Daniel C. Sneider, Stanford University

Date and Time

February 25, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM



RSVP required by 5PM February 24.


Philippines Conference Room

Encina Hall, 3rd floor, Central

Cover of the book "Crossing Heaven's Border," showing a defector looking at North Korea across the border with China.Mr. Lee, South Korean filmmaker and newspaper reporter, will share his experiences from 2007 to 2011 when he lived among North Korean defectors in China, filming an award-winning documentary on their struggles. Crossing Heaven’s Border is the firsthand account of his experiences there, where he witnessed human trafficking, the smuggling of illicit drugs by North Korean soldiers, and a rare successful escape from North Korea by sea.

As Lee traces the often tragic lives of North Korean defectors who were willing to risk everything for their hopes, he journeys to Siberia in pursuit of hidden North Korean lumber mills; to Vietnam, where defectors make desperate charges into foreign embassies; and along the 10,000-kilometer escape route for defectors stretching from China to Laos and to Thailand.

Books will be available for sale at the event



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