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2017-11-11 TNKR Open House was a Full House!

TNKR held an Open House on November 11 to discuss our activities and to encourage volunteers to get involved. Most people who join us naturally want to tutor refugees directly, but we have other needs and also need some people to help us in other ways.

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2017-07-16 Prep for “Not Just Otto”

Hwang In-Cheol will be one of the speakers at TNKR’s Global Leadership Forum “Not Just Otto” on July 29, 2016. He is the son of Hwang Won, a South Korean who was kidnapped to North Korea when a North Korean agent hijacked a Korean Air plane in December 1969. Today he met with Youngmin Kwon, Project Manager of Bring My Father Home, and Jeannie Chung, a TNKR editor. Mr. Hwang has had a team helping him get ready for this speech–Youngmin with the translation, Jeannie editing the speech, and Anna Martinson and Jeannie reading the speech so he can follow the pronunciation.

RSVP here, TNKR volunteers and donors can bring 1 guest for free.

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2017-04-20 Visit to UN office, TV interview

  • Yesterday morning:
    • I was delighted to be part of an interview with one of the Big 3 networks in South Korea.
    • Part of it included another visit to the UN’s Seoul office.
  • Yesterday evening (my next post)
    • I was honored to win an award from a Korean foundation.

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2017-02-14 North Korea is still breaking hearts

North Korea has been breaking hearts and families for decades. The Hwang Won family has been waiting since 1969 for him to be returned from North Korea. He had the misfortune to be one of the 50 people on Korean Air flight YS-11 on December 11, 1969. After international protests, 39 of the 50 passengers were returned to South Korea on Valentine’s Day 1970, but 11 of the people, including Hwang Won, were not allowed to return and have not been able to contact their families.

His son, Hwang Cheol who was 2 years old when his father was kidnapped to North Korea, has been campaigning to have his father and the others returned. Mr. Hwang held a press conference in the morning then an event at the TNKR office to raise awareness about this case. You can’t change the world, but you can let Mr. Hwang know that you support his effort in having his father returned.

Media coverage

Daily NK, Yonhap News, Seoul Kyunjeh, Intiz.net, Hankyoreh, MBN, Read more

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Planning meetings this week

It has been said that on your way to heaven that you’ll have to pass through the Atlanta airport, because it seems that every connecting flight goes through there. This week, it seemed that all of TNKR passed by my desk.

Tutoring, coaching, meetings, planning meetings, checking tutor reports, calling tutors, updating the website (thank you, Maaike!), orientation sessions. What a week! I was so busy that I couldn’t post about it until now.

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