Let My People Go

Seen on a beat up Hyundai Sonata driving in to DC this morning: A bumper sticker reading, “Let My People Go! Free North Korean Refugees in China Before the Beijing Olympics.”

Let My People Go!  Free North Korean Refugees in China Before the Beijing Olympics

That’s rather wordy for a bumper sticker, frankly.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    Free them to do what and go where? I suspect that a better bumper sticker would be encouraging North Korea to release North Korean refugees.

  2. Bithead says:

    If you think it’s long in English, I wonder what Korean would look like.

  3. S.K. says:

    Tens of thousands of North Koreans hide in China in hopes of ultimately reaching the US or South Korea.

    Since the Chinese consider them economic migrants, refugees caught are sent back to North Korea where they face imprisonment and/or death.

    So China is ground zero for this issue.

    Since 2004, only around 50 North Koreans have made it to the US. The problem is that the State Department is taking its sweet time processing them. That’s probably why it’s written in English.

    As a designer though, I too would not want to read this while driving nor do I want to spend too much time staring at another person’s car.

  4. Brian J. says:

    I wish I’d seen this offer before I paid for my North Korean Refugees.