Escape From The Sun
When I first arrived in South Korea and was introduced to Korean dramas, books and was taught how to read, I could not understand why people would argue over little things such as being late for what they would call a date. I did not ge why there were wives who would fault their husbands for getting the wrong thing off the grocery list, or why would husbands risk losing what they had by cheating or infidelity.
I did not get all of this, because I was brought up in a nation with no choice. Not that I knew it back then. After all, our nation was made to believe that we were the most prosperous of nations, who had the best leader in the world. He was revered, and so was his father and grandfather, like gods in our eyes. They still are. People that do not get the upbringing I did in my land do not understand how it is like to live not knowing where your next meal would come from, to know only the edicts and commands of one person. To know that whatever you speak, think, say, right or even suggest, may be held against you. That it may mean your death sentence.
I appreciate everything I have today, because I know what it is like to be told that you have everything, when in actual fact you have naught. Let me tell you how it is like, so you'll understand why my husband and I never fight. Because we have greater demons to fight, then to argue amongst ourselves. Because we know that despite all of the little nuances which may irritate and annoy each other, we have fought together to get the greatest gift we could ever have gotten - the freedom to choose.
My name is Song Suu Ji, and let me tell you the story of how we escaped to the sun.