A bit earlier, a friend I haven’t seen since September asked me if I’m still busy. I said: “I’m not busy. I’m active!” That means that I’m doing many things, meeting many people. But I can always squeeze fun into my schedule, no matter how busy I may look to some people.


TNKR’s upcoming schedule.

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Four TNKR Ambassadors presented last night to a group of high school students visiting from the USA. The students had earlier gone on the DMZ trek, then wrapped up the day by talking with refugees in TNKR.

We had a great time, the students asked many questions and were deeply engaged.

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I led a discussion about my recent Korea Times column, “Time and a dime.” We had a great turnout, the largest I have seen at this particular discussion group.

There’s an old saying: After being in China for a week, you are ready to write a book. After being in China for six months, you think about writing an article for your hometown newspaper. After being in China for a year, you put your head down and mutter.

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Today’s Korea Times has a feature on the establishment of the TNKR-Korea Times Newspaper Discussion Club.

TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue presented his recent column “Time and a Dime.”

He will also be discussing the column at two English-language discussion groups:

Friday January 20, from 7:30-9:45 pm (Gangnam)

Sunday January 22, from 10:45 am-1:00 pm (Hongik University)

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Teach North Korean Refugees Global Education Center is

  • starting a new video project. Contact me if you have video editing skills, camera, podcasts or other skills that could help with launching a video project.
  • starting a discussion group project. TNKR tutors, contact me if you would like to lead discussion groups with refugee learners.
  • accepting requests for NK refugees to speak to their organizations, groups, schools. Contact me if you would like to invite us.
  • launching a new website for a new project. Contact me if you would like to use your website making skills.

As usual, we are launching with no budget, without months of planning. Just do it! I have worked at companies and organizations, I often wondered why it took so long to get things done. I now realize, there were two main things: 1) money. 2) someone to be accountable if the project failed.

Contact me: CJL(@)post.harvard.edu or TNKR(@)teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org



I enjoy going to English language discussion group in Seoul. It gives me a chance to talk to South Korean professionals talking about the issues of the day. There are both introverts and extroverts in these days, but some of them like to hide from the camera, or sit in the back so it is not as easy to see them. 🙂


This team is off to a great start! Different personalities and style.

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