World Connections ELO

Many of you said that you would rebel or escape from a society like the one in The Giver. Yet, many people live in such societies and don't.
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Security outside the theater before the premiere of “The Interview” in Los Angeles last week. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


“It’s certain death if they were caught with this film,” said Kim Heung-kwang, another North Korean defector living in the South.

Read the two articles below to get some background information. Take notes so you can use quotes and specific facts in your response later.

Disliking Kim Jong-un, and ‘The Interview’ Even More

Sony’s International Incident: Making Kim Jong-un’s Head Explode


Why do you think more people in North Korea don't rebel, protest, or escape?
What do you think is keeping them there?

Watch the following TED Talk about living in and escaping from North Korea.

"As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope — and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind."


Write at least one argumentative / persuasive paragraph that answers one of the following questions:

  • What do you think was harder for Hyeonseo Lee: living in North Korea, "the best on the planet," or trying to escape?
  • Do you think it is better to stay within an oppressive society and try to rebel or do you think it is better to escape?
  • Are we responsible for trying to educate North Korean citizens about the outside world?
  • Is it wrong to support an oppressive government and go with the flow if it means you can keep your family safe, even though you know that people are dying of hunger because of the government you support?

Post your response as a reply under my original post called "World Connections" on the "Society Discussion Board."