Escape From Camp 14 Reaction Paper

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Chiu 3Whitney ChiuProfessor IsipEnglish 1301. S1616 November 2014Blessed I Don't Live In North KoreaThis is such a messed up thing to say; but the whole time I was reading this book, I felt SO relieved I wasn't Shin or lived on North Korea. This book made me feel blessed to live in America and have a real family. I felt really bad for Shin when I read about how his own mother wasn't a real mother. His mother was just his birth giver. His mother basically lacked what every loving mother had. She didn't love him like my mother would. And it just made me feel happy to have the family that I have.Chiu 1I always knew that there was a bad side of Korea and a good side but I never knew which side was which. Well after reading this book, it was pretty obvious to me which side was the bad Korea. But before reading this book, I had no idea of what was going on in North Korea. I always thought concentration camps meant Hitler. I'm not very into History or Historical Events so that is the reason why I never knew North Korea was so terrible. I could not believe it when I read that there were and probably still are labor camps in North Korea. I always thought those were ancient and so 1900's. I thought it was so sad how he was born into all the crap he had to live through in North Korea. I can't imagine myself working in those conditions or doing anything he had to do. I personally love eating so if I was starved like he was I would be so depressed. I also can't handle how much he was beaten in North Korea. I would try my best to get on their "good side" (if they had one) so I wouldn't be beaten or starved.The way Shin lived, surviving was the best thing ever. It's not like how we have it. We don't only survive but we get to chase our dreams and get paid for doing whatever job we chose to do. For Shin, he spent his childhood doing...

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