For many, and especially for those who would later assume authority in North Korea, their escape route was across the Amnok River. However, such periods of exile are not resolved without the processes and spaces of return.
The Amnok River was the first important river crossed by Kim Il-sung and other Korean nationalists, and while that crossing is important, the Amnok is not the location for the stories that are most important to North Korea's later political narratives.
I don't know whether it was the Tumen River or the Amnok River. I am such a dunce.
In this section I consider practices that support the use of the Tumen and Amnok River landscapes in contemporary North Korea, as well as other moments that are absent from the current narrative.
Kim Il-sung's crossing in January 1925 of the frozen waters of the Amnok River, according to North Korean narratives, began the period of guerrilla exile and struggle.