North Korean refugee author Sungju Lee will be the featured speaker at the sixth Teach North Korean Refugees Global Leadership Forum on Saturday May 19, 2018 from 6 pm at the Shin and Kim law firm in Seoul. In September 2016, Lee published “Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea.”
He was born into an affluent family in North Korea, but his world was turned upside down when his father fell out of favor after Kim Jong-il became leader of the country. Lee starved, eventually becoming a street beggar, then later a gang member stealing and fighting his way to survival.
Lee escaped North Korea, settling in South Korea. He interned at the Canadian parliament and he has worked with a number of NGOs aiding North Korean refugees. Shortly after giving this speech, he will be going to the United States to begin studying to get a PhD.
He is a dynamic speaker with a powerful story. He was the winner of the first Teach North Korean Refugees English Speech Contest in February 2015 and has spoken to audiences around the world. Every Falling Star won the 2016 CYBILS Award for Young Adult nonfiction.
Join us for what should be an informative discussion with a young North Korean refugee who has dreams of changing the world.
Introduction by TNKR co-founders Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee
Speech by Sungju Lee
Date: May 19th from 6pm-8pm
Location: Shin and Kim Law Office, 8th Floor,
State Tower Namsan
100 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
TNKR supporters: (fundraisers, monthly donors, book club members): $5 USD (6,000 won) before May 17
Regular admission: $10 USD (12,000 won) before May 17
At the door: 20,000 won
Contact TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue at CJL@alumni.harvard.edu to discuss alternative payment methods.
If you want to reserve the book, deposit an additional 20,000 won at the TNKR bank account by May 10 to reserve your copy of the book to be delivered at the event.
Step by step directions:
(Myeongdong exit 4, walk straight about two minutes, State Tower (Namsan) will be on your left.