In Seoul, A Glimpse Across the DMZ

In Seoul, A Glimpse Across the DMZ

Journalist Barbara Demick at the Asia Society Korea Center on Jan. 25, 2010. (Asia Society Korea Center)

SEOUL, January
25, 2010 - The Asia Society Korea Center hosted a special book signing cocktail reception for
Barbara Demick, Beijing bureau chief of the Los
Angeles Times
, at the Lotte Hotel Seoul's Pierre's Bar in celebration of
her newly published book, Nothing to
Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
. This was Demick's second talk to Asia Society members,
her first being at the New York Center on January 7.

Prior to the book signing, Demick briefly discussed her
visits to North Korea and Nothing to
, which focuses on refugees from Chongjin, an impoverished industrial capital that is North Korea's third-largest city. H. Kim, one of the North Korean refugees Demick interviewed for the book, was also on hand for this portion of the program. 

Demick served as Seoul bureau chief for the Times
from 2001-2006 and during that time became increasingly interested in
North Korean human rights issues. So far, she has visited Pyongyang on three occasions, and also covered the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's performance there in 2008.

Demick also has longtime ties to the Asia Society, having been a recipient of the its 2006 Osborn Elliott
Prize for Excellence in Asian Journalism

February 18, 2010
by Jeff Tompkins