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Today, Grace speaks English with a thick Manchester accent and speaks Korean with a heavy northeastern North Korean accent. K., Park has struggled with how to tell her about her past and her home country without scaring or worrying her.
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On the playground, her classmates played war games and pretended to kill American soldiers.
Park has a harrowing life story that includes two escapes from North Korea, forced repatriation, torture in a North Korean political prison camp, and being sold into sex trafficking.
When Grace entered preschool, Park worried that she would be discriminated against.
After all, she and her family were in “someone else’s country,” as Park put it; they were Asian refugees with little to no money.
As an 8-year-old, the elder Park was tasked with memorizing the biographies of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.