North Korean refugee Kang Chol-Hwan will be the featured speaker at TNKR’s Book Forum on Saturday August 11 from 6 pm.
He was born in 1968 in Pyongyang, North Korea, but at the age of 9, Mr. Kang was sent along with his family to Yodok Concentration Camp after his grandfather was accused of treason.
He spent 10 years in the prison camp, suffering brutal conditions, starvation and hard labor. After being released, Mr. Kang eventually escaped North Korea, crossing into China in 1992 and eventually reaching South Korea.
In 2000, he published the autobiographical “The Aquariums of Pyongyang”, the very first survivor’s account of North Korea’s concentration camps.
In 2003, he was awarded the National Endowment of Democracy’s “Democracy Award” and in 2006, he was selected as one of Time Magazine’s “Asian Heroes”.
There is limited seating for this event, so RSVP here ASAP to register. There is no cover charge, suggested donation of 10,000 won to support TNKR”s numerous wonderful activities. Email CJL@alumni.harvard.edu to confirm your RSVP.
This event is sponsored by Uni Korea and organized by the Teach North Korean Refugees Global Education Center. Join TNKR’s Book Club to have opportunities to receive signed copies of memoirs by North Korean refugees.