Comparisons were quickly made with the 2004 film "The Terminal," in which a man played by Tom Hanks finds himself stuck in a New York airport after his government collapses, rendering his papers useless.
In northwest Thailand, tourists flock to a village where ethnic Kayah women from Myanmar wear coiled brass rings to elongate their necks. Many of these women say it's a reliable way to make money as undocumented refugees after fleeing conflict and marginalization back home.
Even if you managed to spot Pettonpung Gym from the road, you probably wouldn't guess that it’s produced some of the most renowned female fighters in Thailand and that it’s been an integral part of making the nearby city of Chiang Mai the epicenter of female kickboxing in Thailand.
Thailand is about 3,000 miles from North Korea. But for North Koreans seeking to defect from their abusive state into South Korea, it's the closest reachable nation where they can reasonably expect that the government will deliver them to South Korean officials.
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