Yeonmi Park’s book is the story of a quest for freedom

Yeonmi Park has spoken about her life in North Korea, and her escape, for a few years. In September her book “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” was released. The book details what her life was like in North Korea – giving a rare glimpse into this reclusive Asian country – and her journey to freedom. Her talks are usually less than an hour, so Yeonmi Park can only give highlights. The book goes into more detail, and a reader can more easily think about the experiences that are exposed.

Park has become one of the main activists in speaking for human rights, as well as exposing the repression North Koreans live under. While North Korea has mounted a public relations account to try to discredit her and others, the people fleeing North Korea tell the same story of a brutal dictator forcing people to live in poverty.

Yeonmi Park grew up in a fairly wealthy family, but her father was sent to a labor camp after being accused of selling metals to Chinese, which is considered black marketing. As the daughter of a man in a labor camp, she did not have much of a future before her in North Korea.

She and her mother escaped, getting across the border with the help of a friend. From there they fled to China on reason.com. Her life in China also had problems, as she saw her mother raped, and both of them were sold as part of human trafficking. Eventually she and her mother fled to Mongolia and from there she found freedom. TO get out of China they had to cross the Gobi Desert on foot, with temperatures well below zero.

Park said the North Korean rulers control every aspect of people’s lives. They are not allowed to think for themselves, and expressing any view other than the official party line an bring harsh punishment. She recalls as a child watching a woman being executed for a minor crime.

Park also said she was surprised when she came to the Western world, to see people thinking for themselves, and encouraging children to do so. As a child she was told to not even whisper because a bird or mouse might hear her, and she could get into trouble.

In North Korea children are told the rest of the world is immoral and disgusting, and that they have nothing to want outside their country. Seeing a bootlegged copy of the movie, Titanic, changed her world view, she said, as she saw people being free for the first time. She said it showed her the power of humanity and love, and that there was something worth seeing outside the borders of her nation.

George Soros; investment ingenuity

“Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman.” -George Soros, via Wikiquote

 

Mr. George Soros is a renowned American entrepreneur of Hungarian origin. He is also an author and a philanthropist. Soros was born in 1930 in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

In 1947, George Soros fled Hungary for England, where he studied in the prestigious London school of economics, eventually graduating in 952. He then obtained an entry-level position with an investment bank in the English capital.In 1956, Soros left England for the United States to work as an analyst and investment manager. In those capacities, he worked for the New York firms of F.M Mayer, Wertheim & Co., and Arnold & S. Bleichroeder.

In 1973, Soros went on his own, forming a hedge fund company, Soros Fund Management. The hedge fund company would later morph into the reputable Quantum Fund. For nearly two decades, Soros run this aggressive and successful hedge fund, reportedly raking in profits more than 30% annually and, on two occasions, realizing annual returns above 100%.

Mr. George Soros gave up the daily management of the Quantum Fund. As one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, Soros decided to give to charity, donating colossal sums world over through his Open Society Foundation.

Mr. Soros’ investment acumen made him one of the world’s wealthiest. His ingenuity at translating broad-brush economic trends into highly leveraged, killer plays in bonds and currencies was unrivaled. Soros was a short-term speculator, making huge, well-meditated gambles on the trends of financial markets. He believed that financial, markets are chaotic and that prices of securities and currencies were dependent on human traders who buy and sell these assets. Often, he had the idea that these persons act based on emotion as opposed to logical considerations.

Soros also had it in mind that market participants influenced one another and acted in masses, thus by being more opportunistic he could make a kill by moving in front of the masses. He had an almost natural instinct to tell when best to buy or sell, always doing it with intricate strategies that made it hard for competitors to emulate.

Mr. Soros gained international recognition in September 1992 when he $10 billion on a single currency conjecture when he sorted the British pound. Things went right, and Soros generated nearly a $2 billion profit. Thanks to this bold venture, Soros came to be known as “the man who broke the Bank of England.

Recently, George Soros has a newfound soft spot for political activism. He has written and as well lectured extensively on the United States’ role in world affairs and issues about human rights, education, and political freedom

As an author, George Soros has made several publications, some being; “The Alchemy of Finance”, “Soros on Soros: Staying Ahead of the Curve”. Others include, “Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism”, and “The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power”, among others

Soros endeavors in philanthropy were first noticed in 1979 when he gave scholarships to black South Africans under apartheid. In the 1980s, Soros helped in challenging communism in the Eastern Bloc by availing Xerox machines to copy prohibited texts, besides supporting cultural exchanges with the West. His foundations have also played a central role in putting up schools for unfortunate but promising students, refugees, and young people from marginalized areas world over.

An enviable entrepreneur, a distinguished author, and a selfless individual bent on leaving a mark on the global map can all be used to describe one man; George Soros.