Yeomyung School is a small alternate school for young North Korean escapees.
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Students born in North Korea from Yeomyung school are predominantly from the lower-class of North Korea who lost their family after leaving North Korea; they have a big gap in education.
Children born in China from Yeomyung school were born between a North Korean escapee mother and Chinese dad. The North Korea escapee mother escaped China to South Korea away from their controlling Chinese husband after their delivery of their child. Many of them experienced poverty and abandonment by their father from a young age which led them to experience emotional deficit. By the time of teenage years, the children go to South Korea to stay with their mom but they have a language barrier. Through Yeomyung school, the children are able to talk to their parents, help them adapt to South Korea and moreover, help with the unity of South and North Korea.
Yeomyung School’s relocation did not take place due to severe opposition from local residents at the planned relocation site. Even though the school experience difficulty regularly due to the discrimination against the North Korean escapee students, this experience was an opportunity to recognize and reflect the current state of human rights and discrimination in Korean society.
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