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Special Performance: Jangmadang (North Korean Markets)

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Seoul-based North Korean human rights organization NAUH (Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights) offers a short performance Jangmadang (North Korean Markets) and discussion. North Korean markets provide economic opportunities for traders and locals inclined on better standards of living. After the 2009 currency devaluations, markets saw a swell in opposition--which led the central government to reportedly execute the official in charge of the devaluation effort. For NAUH and those who have fled the North Korean regime, jangmadang are where some authorities crackdown on sellers, buyers and beggars.

NAUH’s refugee and student troupe visits New York for a first time, and it’s inaugural performance takes place at The Korea Society. Several of the performers are North Korean refugees abused in the jangmadang; they chose to flee North Korea after persecution. Their powerful performance showcases ongoing human rights abuses and the struggle within North Korean markets.

The 12-minute performance is followed by a short discussion and lite fare. Members and guests must register in advance here. Please note that there are no admissions at the door.

The Korea Society has offered a series on North Korean human rights. In late September, the Korea Society presents former President George W. Bush with the James A. Van Fleet Award in recognition of the Bush Center’s efforts on human freedom and North Korea and stand-up of scholarships for North Korean refugees residing in the United States.


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