I think this TED talk shows how space and mobilization have helped her not only escape and reach freedom but shaped her struggle. She has found ‘safe spaces’ in her quest for freedom in China and South Korea, but they are not completely without danger. Her movement between these safe spaces define a refugee network for North Koreans.
These ‘safe’ spaces she found with their own inherent dangers present a new perspective. In China, she knew she was North Korean, but had to pretend she was Chinese, or risk repatriation. But in South Korea, she began to question her own identity because of the division between North and South Korea even though they were one country. The implication that one country and space (Korea) is divided into two spaces (North and South Korea) with two racial identities (North and South Korean) rather than one racial identity (Korean, which is more normal in America) makes me wonder what nuances exist between them that can cause an identity crisis (is it another difference due to culture or more due to loyalty?).