Entries by TNKR Casey


What Should We Do?

Random Thoughts Several refugees have called our office and directly to my phone within the last few days, asking how they can join TNKR. Yes, they’ve called. And yes, called directly to my personal phone. I don’t welcome these calls because I must give them the bad news that we have a long waiting list. […]

#BringMyFatherHome (Thailand speech)

Hwang In-Cheol joined TNKR earlier this year, with one goal in mind: To be able to share with the world the story of what happened to his father. In 1969, his father was kidnapped to North Korea when a North Korean agent hijacked a South Korean airplane. When he isn’t working or taking care of […]

2016-11-22 Thanks to Jessica Bok

Jessica Bok has moved back to the USA, but she hasn’t forgotten about TNKR! She was a tutor with us earlier this year, she just made a donation to us, and sent a lovely and encouraging message! It can be difficult starting a non-profit organization in a foreign country, we have struggled with many things […]

2016-11-21 Help is on the way!

TNKR held its 51st Language Matching session this past Saturday. We have had more than 450 volunteer tutors participate in the program. In addition to tutoring, some have also helped in other ways with marketing, social media, fundraising, administrative tasks. We have had many great groups of tutors–but it seems this course will be something […]


2016-11-22 Korea Times Roundtable discussion

I participated in an extremely lively Korea Times Roundtable discussion today. That’s what happens when you put writers and journalists together–everyone was interrupting each other. There were many thoughtful comments and analysis, despite the many interruptions. Participants: Michael Breen Donald Kirk Oh Young-Jin Casey Lartigue Updated: Here’s my latest column from a Korea Times Roundtable […]

2016-11-21 Her name is Eunhee Park!!!

Eunhee Park, a member of TNKR’s Refugee Leadership Team, visited the office today to chat. What a great conversation! I am always inspired by her passion for life and joy of freedom. She is still the only refugee in TNKR history to go from Track 1 only (for English study) to Track 2 (public speaking). […]

2016-11-21 TNKR Special Ambassador

Cherie Yang, the super special Special Ambassador of TNKR, was a featured guest on a Korean televison show. Here she is, talking about adjusting to living in the USA. This morning, I studied the clip along with my volunteer Korean tutor, Yun Ji Young!