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After leaving North Korea, writers are penning stories about their home

After leaving North Korea, writers are penning stories about their home

SEOUL — Growing up in North Korea in the 1990s, Lee Kay-yeon had access only to literature that was written and approved by the country's rulers. All of it told similar stories, she says: The country was somehow threatened by outside forces, usually Americans, but would overcome by drawing strength from the teachings of the nation's founding father, "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung. Lee says the stories of North Korea as a powerful nation didn't match her experience. As a child, she lived through a famine that killed more than 2 million people after North Korea lost aid from Moscow in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country suffered floods that...

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