2017-12-01 TNKR Little Big Hero at the UN

tvN regularly features “Little Big Heroes.” TNKR was featured last September. Another Little Big Hero is BoumJun Bae, a South Korean man who has become an accomplished Cello player despite having a learning disability.

He was one of the featured performers at TNKR’s  December 2016 “Hand Hands, Love” Concert. Despite having a learning disability, he has mastered the Cello. At our concert, he played the entire time with a smile on his face.

 

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He decided that he wanted to learn English! He and his mother stopped by our office to talk about it, to be clear about expectations and the process. TNKR focuses on helping North Korean refugees, but we have also had 26 South Koreans join the program, but they must all have special situations. Boumjun’s mom and her sister have both been friends of TNKR for quite a while, so we hoped we could find a tutor who would be willing to help.

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I sent out a request January 2017 at the Facebook group and asked all of tutors. A few people answered, but Cha Min Kyung stood out! She had been a tutor with TNKR in 2016 before we moved to our new office. She said that she would be willing to give it a try. 

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We introduced them in January 2017. She has been teaching Boumjun for almost a year. In addition, she translated his speech into English to get prepared for a speech he will be delivering at a UN event. Youngmin Kwon, TNKR’s utility man, helped with establishing contacts at the UN office to help with getting BoumJun invited to speak.

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They have been studying together ever since. Mom attends every class. We don’t pretend to be special education specialists, but we are doing our best in this case to give the young man the opportunity to learn English. And now, to speak out. 

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When they stopped by a few weeks ago before their trip to the USA, BoumJun used some English phrases with me. As always, he tells me, “Casey, I love you.”

As soon as he saw Eben Appleton, visiting from the USA, he said, “Hi grandma.”

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BoumJun and his mom are now in the USA, getting prepared for his speech at the United Nations day focused on the disabled. Young Seh Bae, a professor at Columbia Teachers’ College, helped TNKR design its orientation interview for refugees entering TNKR. She is part of the delegation welcoming BoumJun and his mom.

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