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This memoir is a horrifying saga on so many levels: personal, familial, communal, political, institutional, national, and global. Masaji Ishikawa, with his elegant yet understated prose, has changed my world view forever. How can one person treat another with such stark cruelty? How can one person endure such circumstances? How can governments and institutions get away with such blatant lies and abject misconduct? No doubt, I will never again think of myself as hungry, thirsty, stifled, scared, or mistreated without thinking of Mr. Ishikawa and silently rebuking myself. Gratitude is my mantra for 2018. (Would love to follow up and know how he is managing.)
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I’m fascinated by North Korea and tales of those who have escaped. This is a story of a half Japanese half Korean returnee.
He was unflinching in his descriptions. He also touched on the racism and reluctance by China, South Korea, and Japan to encourage reunification.