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TED Weekends says freedom is only half the battle

TED Weekends says freedom is only half the battle

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Hyeonseo Lee’s story is a tale bound to pull at your heartstrings. She’s a North Korean refugee — and while helping her family flee the country in 2009, Lee’s mother and brother were detained in a Laos prison.  At TED2013, Lee described how it was an enormously generous gift from a stranger that helped her []

From hunger to hope: Joseph Kim at TEDGlobal 2013

From hunger to hope: Joseph Kim at TEDGlobal 2013

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“North Korea is often in the news, conjuring images of missiles, weapons, dictatorships and sometimes eccentric habits,” says Adrian Hong, TED Fellow and guest curator of Session 9, Forces of Change at TEDGlobal 2013. “But underneath all that bluster is a country racked by starvation, by oppression, by fear, by concentration camps. In many ways, []

6 talks about incredible escapes

6 talks about incredible escapes

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North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world. So it’s exceptionally rare to hear a first-hand account of life there — in English, no less. In today’s brave talk, given at TED2013, Hyenseo Lee gives a riveting account of what it was like to grow up in North Korea. “I thought []