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Yeonmi Park is a North Korean Defector who drew social media attention and scrutiny for her harrowing tales of living in the Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), and escaping through China at the age of 14. Park runs a YouTube channel named "Voice of North Korea by Yeonmi Park" and has made an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience. Yeonmi claims to have subsided on a diet of "plants" in North Korea that turned "poisonous" in June, leading to widespread starvation. In May 2023, a clip of Yeonmi Park saying that children in North Korea "eat mud" went viral on Twitter. She has also claimed that she was robbed by Black women in Chicago and called "racist" for calling the cops, and has spoken about how the incident turned her "anti-woke" in various media segments and interviews. Park has since been accused of being a grifter prone to sharing exaggerated accounts of her life under the DPRK regime, with some comparing her jokes to the In Soviet Russia… meme format. She has been characterized as a conservative for being a contributor to the conservative nonprofit organization Turning Point USA.


Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector whose family escaped from North Korea to China in the year 2007. Her family settled in South Korea in 2009, before she finally moved to the United States in 2014. According to Park, her father operated a black-market smuggling business during the North Korean famine in the 1990s, primarily trading salt, sugar, and other spices.[1] In 2014, Park encountered a wider global audience after she spoke at the 2014 One Young World Summit in Dublin, Ireland, where she gave a speech about fleeing North Korea. On October 20th, 2014, a recording of her speech was posted to the YouTube[2] channel One Young World, where it gathered over 930,000 views in six years (seen below).

However, Park has been criticized for having inconsistencies in various retellings of her stories and has been accused of exaggerating her accounts of life under the North Korean regime.[3] Park herself has defended against such accusations by attributing them to her limited English skills at the time of her speech, and her imperfect memory. During a stint on a South Korean reality show centered around North Korean defectors, Park characterized her family in North Korea as "rich," showing photos of her mother wearing imported Japanese clothing and a Chanel bag (images seen below).[4]

NINE 東方遊菜中心 A COREANIMATIONENTER alle 0 Yeonmi's parents on their wedding day in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Penguin Yeonmi and Eunmi dressed for the snow. Penguin

Online History

Social Media Presence

Yeonmi Park runs a YouTube channel called "Voice of North Korea by Yeonmi Park,"[7] where she discusses her life under the North Korean Regime. Some of her more popular videos are titled, "Daily Life of a North Korean," and "Kim Jong-Un brutally shoots an orchestra conductor 90 times in front of every artist in Pyongyang." She also has an active Twitter profile[8] where she shares information about her life under the DPRK regime.

DAILY LIFE OF A NORTH KOREAN 6800 PUBLIC EXECUTION 13:35 10:40 Daily Life of a North Korean 6.7M views • 2 years ago Voice of North Korea by Yeonmi Park For interviews & collaboration requests, please email me at We do not go to school | Husbands have to go to... 5 moments V Kim Jong-Un brutally shoots an orchestra conductor 90 times in front of every artist in Pyongyang 5.9M views • 2 years ago Voice of North Korea by Yeonmi Park Donate - Park Please find me at: Book: In Order To Live: ... PUBLIC EXECUTION Intro | Welcome | The news | The execution | Kims... 12 chapters ✓ Yeonmi Park @YeonmiParkNK In North Korea even the very basic right to love one's own mother is banned. If we allow our country to move in this direction, we will end up like North Korea where individuals don't matter and only the state and the interests of the elite become center of everything. Of@ScienceNaturee In 2017, Mother's day was banned in North Korea because it was distracting citizens from their love for leader Kim-Jong-Un. 3:40 AM. Feb 11, 2023 : 83 Retweets 290 Quotes 475 Likes 18 Bookmarks

Yeonmi Park Joe Rogan Experience Interview

Prior to Park's Joe Rogan interview, she spoke with Jordan Peterson on May 31st, 2023 to criticize her experience at Columbia University, saying, "Even North Korea was not this nuts."[5] She recounts being scolded for enjoying the literature of Jane Austen at the school. The video has gathered over 3.2 million views in two years (seen below).

On August 3rd, 2023, Yeonmi Park went on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast,[6] where she discussed seeing a boy "begging for food" while his intestines were hanging outside his body. The video gathered over 3.7 million views in two years (seen below, left). In another interview segment, she outlines her escape from North Korea into China, where she describes being sold into sex slavery.[15]


Yeonmi Park's stories about her harrowing life in North Korea are sometimes criticized by internet commentators who note inconsistencies in her stories or consider her accounts to be dramatic exaggerations of life under the DPRK regime.

On August 31st, 2023, Twitter[9] user @catcontentonly posted a list of her favorite "Yeonmi Park atrocity propaganda" stories, gathering over 2,400 likes in two years (seen below, left). On May 4th, 2023, Twitter[10] user @kimilsungist posted a parody of Park's interview with Joe Rogan, gathering over 140,000 likes in a week (seen below, right).

Radio Free Amanda @catcontentonly What's yr fave Yeonmi Park atrocity propaganda story? 1-Friend's mom was publicly executed for watching Hollywood film 2-No word for love in N Korea 3-Starving children eat rats, rats then eat children (circle of life) 4-N Korea has 1 train that ppl have to push to its 1 stop 10:49 PM . Aug 31, 2023 248 Retweets 66 Quotes 2,459 Likes 136 Bookmarks Rain @kimilsungist Yeonmi: In North Korea I eat rats to survive but eating is illegal so police come to arrest me but they are hungry too so they take my rats. I thought this is normal until I watched James Cameron's Titanic and learned true freedom is class inequality on a sinking ship. Joe: Wow.. DE 4:30 PM - May 4, 2023 13.5M Views 9,870 Retweets 1,085 Quotes 148.5K Likes TENG TESL.. 8,315 Bookmarks S

On May 8th, Twitter[11] user @BadSocialisms posted a tweet about Park as well, gathering over 30,000 likes in five days (seen below, left). Also on May 8th, Twitter[12] user @beigepilled posted a parody of Park's Rogan interview, gathering over 7,900 likes in five days (seen below, right).

Bad Socialism Takes (USSR state-affiliate... @BadSocia.... May 8 I am now 100% confident that Yeonmi Park is a DPRK double agent paid to destroy the credibility of defectors by saying the most ridiculous thing Is Kim Jong-Un Gay? Xşark Description Kim Jong-Un brutally shoots an orchestra conductor 90 times in front of every artist in Pyongyang Voice of North Korea by Yeonmi Park 79K Likes 3,530,691 Views x May 6 2023 Osiris @beigepilled 1945 Yeonmi: Nazi soldier force my family to work in lampshade factory. Except lampshade made of Jewish skin, not fabric. When my dad refuse they freeze him into a block of ice and shatter him into millions pieces on the floor Joe Rogan: Wow.. DE 8:23 PM . May 8, 2023 302.7K Views TESL. 544 Retweets 14 Quotes 7,953 Likes 361 Bookmarks : GIA TENG S

On May 9th, 2023 Twitter[14] user @joblessthursday reposted a video of Park saying that she ate "plants" during her time in North Korea, and that the plans became "poisonous" after June 1st. In the clip, she also says that Spring is called the "Season of Death" in North Korea because it becomes hard to find "even any one single rat to eat." The video gathered over 400,000 views in four days (seen below).

On May 10th, 2023, Twitter[13] user @FagathaGagatha posted a video of Park saying that parents in North Korea feed their children mud, despite knowing the deathly risks of doing so, because they have no choice. The video gathered over 8.5 million views in two days (seen below).

Search Interest

External References

[1] Internet Archive – One Young World Summit

[2] YouTube – One Young World

[3] The Diplomat – North Korean Defectors

[4]  The Diplomat – The Stange Tale of Yeonmi Park

[5] YouTube – Jordan Peterson

[6] YouTube – Joe Rogan Experience

[7] YouTube – Voice of North Korea

[8] Twitter – YeonmiParkNK

[9] Twitter – catcontentonly

[10] Twitter – kimilsungist

[11] Twitter – BadSocialisms

[12] Twitter – beigepilled

[13] Twitter – FagathaGagatha

[14] Twitter – joblessthursday

[15] YouTube – Joe Rogan Experience

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I'm calling it now that she's a grifter. North Korea is an absolutely terrible place to live and I'm willing to believe that she and her family endured hardships living there, but it can't possibly be the cartoonishly over-the-top, Imperium of Man-esque dystopia she claims it is. The fact that she's cozying up to "anti-woke" alt-right authoritarians adds an extra layer of hypocrisy. The transparency of her embellishments also has the unfortunate side effect of providing ammo for tankies who unironically defend North Korea.


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