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Rice From Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans (Film)
Aug. 28, 2018
Tina Cho with illustrations by Keum Jin Song
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#1 Childrens Asia Books on Amazon. RICE FROM HEAVEN tells the true story of a group of people in South Korea who meet together under the cloak of night to fill giant balloons full of rice and float them over the border into North Korea, with the hope that they will land in a neighborhood and provide food for impoverished North Koreans. This secret kindness mission faced opposition from local villagers who saw this mission as helping the enemy.

"We reach a place where mountains become a wall. A wall so high, no one dares to climb. Beyond that wall and across the sea live children just like me, except they do not have food to eat."

Yoori lives in South Korea and doesn't know what North Korea is like, but her father (Appa) does. Appa grew up in North Korea, where he did not have enough food to eat. Starving, he fled to South Korea in search of a better life. Yoori doesn't know how she can help as she's only a little "grain of rice" herself, but Appa tells her that they can secretly help the starving people by sending special balloons that carry rice over the border.

Villagers glare and grumble, and children protest feeding the enemy, but Yoori doesn't back down. She has to help. People right over the border don't have food. No rice, and no green fields.

With renewed spirit, volunteers gather in groups, fill the balloons with air, and tie the Styrofoam containers filled with rice to the tails of the balloons. With a little push, the balloons soar up and over the border, carrying rice in the darkness of the night over to North Korea.
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Publishing rights to Little Bee Books (Bonnier Publishing) See: www.TinaMCho.com for more info
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Cho is an American teacher currently living and working in South Korea who has been in Yoori’s shoes. She has partnered with North Korean refugee organizations to send rice balloons over the border. Cho’s middle grade novel manuscript CHASING FREEDOM: THE ASIAN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD which won second place in Scholastic Asia’s novel writing competition.

RICE FROM HEAVEN explores important themes such as compassion, bravery, and pushing past a culture of xenophobia to embrace the oppressed. Tina Cho takes an overwhelming, challenging topic and offers the simple reminder that being a Good Samaritan is often met with opposition.
Martin Literary & Media Management
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