Hyeonseo Lee is very funny. “Donkey!” she exclaims and laughs. The North Korean defector is referring to the former prime minister of my native New Zealand, John Key. It is the first time I have heard this particular nickname for Key but it is one I am sure his detractors would support.We have just met in her publisher’s office in Taipei, Taiwan. After making the New Zealand connection she busily scrolls through her Instagram feed. She wants to show me a photo with "Donkey" in it. She finds it, and bursts out laughing again, as she shoves her phone towards me.
July 20 / The News Lens