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Yoko Kawashima wrote this book for her sister It commemorates all the dangerous risks they had to take as a family to overcome the Korean War While reading this story we learn about the historic facts but we first of all learn about this poor Korean family who was forced to leave their hometown to go to Japan They sought refuge on the other side of the sea but found out that their family had also been killed The major part of the book is about the way this young girl her sister and her mother escaped death while running away from the Korean communist army Their hometown located in Northern Korea when the invasion began they had to leave and try to go to a safer place They took few of their belongings a little money and some provisions Throughout their journey we see how they struggled to escape diseases death and rape Korean Communists are shown as pitiless violent and immoral men They kill everybody on their path and treat people as things So we witness North Koreans trying to flee to Southern Korea Considering the poverty of Northern Koreans we learn that it was very hard and dangerous to go pretty much anywhere Some made it to the next city but died afterwards or were found and killed by soldiers The goal of almost all non-communists Koreans was to get in the army or leave their home The plan of the Kawashimas was to go south and then find a way to go to Japan Across the sea lived some of their grandparents with whom they would live During the trip to the South the family had almost nothing to eat nothing to drink and nowhere to sleep We see how poor the country is throughout the young girls point of view She didnt realize it when she was there but now as a writer she is ashamed of what her
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