So yet another American has been detained in the DPRK for supposedly proselytizing in the country.
This is not the first time this has happened in recent memory, nor is it actually even the second. And although it is tempting to speculate on Jun’s motives before all the facts come out, it would be reasonable after the Robert Park and Aijalon Gomes incidents to ask oneself if Jun is cast in the same mold.
Indeed, it does seem that Jun comes from an Evangelical Christian background in Orange County, a fortress of Korean-American Evangelicalism. However, there is a key difference between Jun’s case and the others that have come before it: Jun was already in North Korea legally when he was arrested. Read the rest of this entry »