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Media Memo: South Korean student available to share thoughts on North Korea rocket

April 10, 2012

Yeoi Lin (Linda) Lee, an international student from South Korea who is studying at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is available to share her thoughts with the media about a rocket North Korea has said it will launch in the coming days.

Media can reach Yeoi Lin (Linda) Lee at leeyl@uwec.edu.

North Korea officials have said the rocket will carry an earth-observation satellite into orbit to benefit North Korea's economic development. Officials from South Korea, the United States and Japan have said they believe the rocket launch is a cover for a long-range ballistic missile test.

Firing a long-range rocket would breach U.N. Security Council resolutions. South Korean officials have said they will respond with "appropriate countermeasures."

Next week, Lee, a political science major, will host a screening of the "People's Crisis," a documentary film about "the real crisis in North Korea" at UW-Eau Claire. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. April 17 in Davies Theatre.

Lee said the film is an educational opportunity for the campus and greater Eau Claire communities. Viewers will learn about North Korea's history and the human rights violations taking place in the country, she said.

"Because I grew up in South Korea, people will often ask me questions about North Korea and the Kim Jong II regime," Lee said. "I always wanted to find an effective way to tell their stories, and this film gets to the core of the problems, as it addresses many different aspects of the North Korean government."

The film — by Liberty in North Korea — offers a comprehensive overview of the North Korean people's crisis, featuring interviews with North Korean refugees who have escaped, their journey to freedom, expert analysis and insight into grass roots changes taking place inside the country, Lee said.

"LiNK is a movement of students, administrators and community members who want to raise awareness and support for the modern-day Underground Railroad that exists in Southeast Asia," Lee said.

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