The sound of a blowing hairdryer breaks through the hot afternoon in a hair salon located in the center of Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do. It is here that we meet Ms. Lee Mi-yeon, who’s been working as a hair designer for 7 years.With swift scissoring, she finishes a short cut hairstyle, and after shampooing she turns to the next client and finishes the long hair into a stylish wave. She’s a highly talented hair designer who can produce a variety of styles, but she didn’t have any special talents in the beauty or hair design field from the beginning.
Ms. Lee Mi-yeon’s hometown is Onseong, Hamgyeongbuk-do. During the ‘Arduous March’ of 1997, she visited home during vacation and ended up defecting at her older brother’s urging. She found out later that her brother had been planning for their whole family to defect together and had been waiting for her to visit.