Phoenix Weekly on North Korean defectors: more than 300,000

Barbed wire can't stop life
The cover story of the current issue of Phoenix Weekly is about refugees who left North Korea to China or a third country. These people are called "defectors" by South Korea and "illegal enterers"by China. According this article, three to four hundred thousand North Koreans have entered China illegally since 1983.

After these defectors leave North Korea, they try to get to Mongolia or South Korea, crossing Chinese territory. If these people are found by Chinese police or the North Korean army, they are sent back to North Korea and put into prison. Nonetheless, many of them try to escape again after they are released.

Links and Sources

China Media Timeline
Major media events over the last three decades
Danwei Model Workers
The latest recommended blogs and new media
From 2008
Front Page of the Day
A different newspaper every weekday
From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ Culture and corporate propaganda in Soho Xiaobao (2007.11): Mid-2007 issues of Soho Xiaobao (SOHO小报), illustrating the complicated identity of in-house magazines run by real estate companies.
+ Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship (2010.03): Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship at an officially sanctioned meeting in Shenzhen.
+ Crowd-sourced cheating on the 2010 gaokao (2010.06): A student in Sichuan seeks help with the ancient Chinese section of this year's college entrance exam -- while the test is going on!
Danwei Archives