Koreans from north and south can only meet at sporadic official reunions, where numbers are strictly limited. At each bittersweet gathering, family members ponder the historical forces that tore them apart
At 73, Kwon Dong-yul is tall and upright, a dapper figure in a cap, scarf and wool coat. Last Friday, he took me to a coffee shop in northwest Seoul, not far from the city’s World Cup stadium, and settled into his seat. He took off his hat, and looked out the window, before leaning in.