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2018-01-12 Feedback and Speaking Out

Friday was a busy day!

* TNKR Senior Fellow Tony Docan-Morgan held 1:1 feedback sessions with coaches in Track 2 (public speaking).

* TNKR Ambassador Eunhee Park gave a fantastic talk at a private event at our office.

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TNKR’s Million Won Fundraising Club

TNKR’s Million Won Fundraising Club


Cherie Yang, Special Ambassador, “탈북민 영어교육프로그램 모금

Sungju Lee, Ambassador, “Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee (autograph)



Casey Lartigue, TNKR co-founder and International Director, “Casey Lartigue’s Matching Donation Alert” “Casey Lartigue’s fundraiser for TNKR,” “KC’s 2017 Birthday Matching Grant,”

Dave Fry, TNKR Assistant Director and tutor, “Help me help North Korean Refugees

Tony Docan-Morgan, Senior Fellow, “Tony’s TNKR Birthday Fundraiser! 🙂,” “I’ll Mail You Korean Stickers!” “Thanksgiving, Black Friday, & Freedom

Youngmin Kwon, Academic Adviser and tutor, “Support North Korean Refugees & Human Rights!

Janice Kim. Academic Coordinator and tutor, “Janice’s 30th Birthday Fundraiser for TNKR!

Spencer Kim, Intern Coordinator and tutor, “Fund TNKR’s Future


Renee Cummins, November 2016 party


Sandra Durinick & Manda Sheffy, January 2018 fundraiser


Three TNKR Ambassadors quoted in Daily Mail UK article

Today, Sharon is one of a number of defectors who are telling their stories with the help of Teach North Korean Refugees, a Seoul-based volunteer group founded by American Casey Lartigue and South Korean Lee Eun-koo.

Full article and photos at the Daily Mail.

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TNKR(Teach North Korean Refugees) English Contest에 여러분을 초대합니다. 현재 TNKR은 일반영어(회사, 공부, 여행 등) 공부를 할 수 있도록 기회를 제공하는 Track 1(Finding My Own Way)과 본인의 이야기를 영어로 이야기할 수 있도록 도움을 주는 Track 2(Telling My Own Story) 를 진행하고 있습니다. 현재까지 150여명의 북한분 들과 200여명의 선생님들이 TNKR에 참여하였습니다.

그리고, 2015년 8월 English speech Contest로 여러분을 만나고자 합니다. TNKR을 통해 향상된 여러분의 영어실력을 English speech Contest로 발휘해 보시기 바랍니다. 또한 콘테스트 준비를 위해 TNKR 에서 만난 선생님들 및 코치선생님들과 준비하실 수 있습니다.

그리고 이번 TNKR English Speech Contest 는 법무법인 세종과 공동주최로 개최됩니다. 관심있는 많은 분들의 참여 기대합니다.

  • 참여대상자(Participators):                                                                                   현재 한국에 거주하고 있고, TNKR에 한번이라도 참여하였던 북한 분들 누구나 (단, 2015년 6월 TNKR 매칭에 참여한 학생까지 참여가능)
  • 일정(Schedule)
  • Step 1                                                                                                                                    ① 참가 신청서 (TNKR English Speech Contest application)및 영어스피치 동영상 제출(5분) (1-2분 자기소개 포함)

          영어 스피치 주제: “What freedom means to me”

② 제출마감일: 2015년 7월 1일(수요일) 오후 6시까지

③ 제출방법:

  • Step 2 

① 7명의 최종결선자  발표

② 1차 발표: 2015년 7월 10일(금요일), 개별연락

  • Step 3                                                                                                                       

   English Speech Contest: 직접 영어로  말하기 (10분)

일시: 2015년 8월 22일(토) 14:00- 16:00                                                 

  –장소: 법무세종(Shin& Kim) 강당                                                                   

* 영어 스피치 대회는 관객들 앞에서 진행됩니다.

  • 시상내역(Rewards)

★ 1등(1명): 100만원 상금

★ 2등(1명): 50만원 상금

★ 3등(1명): 20만원 상금

★ 장려상(4명): 10만원 상금

  • 문의 (Contact)

– 궁금하신 분들은

Casey Lartigue (English)

Eunkoo Lee (Korean)

phone: 070-4006-0942

<제1회 TNKR English Speech Contest>

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Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), in conjunction with the law firm Shin & Kim, will be holding its second English speech contest in Seoul on August 22 from 2-4 pm.

Seven North Korean refugees will each have up to 10 minutes to address the question, “What freedom means to me.” Participants will prepare and deliver original speeches in English.

Participants are encouraged to prepare with volunteer coaches and tutors in Teach North Korean Refugees. For many of the contestants, it will be their first time to give public speeches in English.

The contest is open to all North Korean refugees who currently or have previously lived in South Korea and who have joined TNKR by June 20. The final contestants will be chosen from a pool of applicants who will be asked to submit a video.

First prize: 1 million won.

Second prize: 500,000 won.

Third prize: 200,000 won.

Honorable mention: 100,000 won each.

The contest will be held at the Shin & Kim office in Seoul.

2015-05-03 TNKR featured on Al Jazeera TV

North Korean Defectors Learn English to Communicate

2015/03/06-07 Mulmangcho/TNKR fundraiser (Refugee Kids Rock!)

“Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night’s repose.”

The volunteers of the Mulmangcho School and Teach North Korean Refugee project did it. They raised 2 million won in two nights. I hope they can take a break to recover and rejoice, but I heard that some will be trying to make it to the Mulmangcho School this morning.

I’m the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School, so I don’t have any real power except to send out threatening messages. But as the co-director of TNKR, I can direct our share of the loot to an internship program we are setting up.

Thanks from co-organizer Injee Lee: “Thanks to the bands (Sons of Tiger, Lions on the Beach, Decader, The Killer Drones, Boss Hagwon, Les Sales, Pentasonic, Colin Phils), the volunteers (Aaron Grommesh, Nina Stearns,Kristen Lefebvre, Rida Hamdani, Ben Haynes, Ren Haynes, Angie Ahn), Rachel Stine who emceed and co-organized, special guests Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee who spoke about the plight of the refugees and what we can do to help, and especially Dwayne Robertson and Kirk Kwon at Thunderhorse Tavern.”

The team of volunteers started arriving a 7 pm on Friday to get set up and I heard that some remained until 3 am both nights.

Holding this kind of fundraiser is something we have been talking about for quite a while, but Injee and Rachel made it happen. They led the effort, but of course it took the team helping them to get it done.

And it isn’t too late to donate.
(domestic) Standard Chartered Bank
364 20 030012
Recipient name: Mulmangcho
Standard Chartered Bank
364 20 030012
Korea LTD.
Swift code; SCBKRSE.
Branch code; 233644

Double your donation to Teach North Korean Refugees through the Atlas Network. Click ” I would like to designate my gift to a specific Atlas Network program,” then type in “Freedom Factory” or “TNKR” or “Teach North Korean Refugees.”

3) DONATE TO TNKR (domestically/internationally/paypal)
-Bank account: (Woori Bank) 1006-201-405817
-Name on account: TNKR
-International bank account: (Woori Bank Seocho Umyeon Branch) 1006-201-405817
-Name on account: Eunkoo Lee(TNKR)
-Swift code: HVBKKRSEXXX
-Bank address: Taebongro 70, Seochogu, Seoul, South Korea
-Bank phone number: 02-3463-9596
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paypal (just mark that you want it to go to TNKR)

Volunteering for Mulmangcho (group)

Mulmangcho School (page)

Teach North Korean Refugees (page)

Teach North Korean Refugees (group)

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USA Trip, Feb 2015 (Florida, North Carolina, D.C.)

TNKR Ambassador Cherie Yang and TNKR co-director Casey Lartigue spoke in three U.S. cities in the last week.

We had a great time, the audiences were receptive, we definitely raised awareness about the violation of human rights in North Korea and the challenges of North Korean refugees resettling elsewhere.

Thanks to the Atlas Network, Florida Gulf Coast University, Foundation for Government Accountability, the John  Locke Foundation and the Frederick Douglass Memorial & Historical Association for hosting us.

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2/28 TNKR Speech Contest–Easy Easy Directions

Directions to the TNKR English Speech Contest on February 28 at 2 pm. I left the office a bit early today to make sure we have the correct directions.

Euljiro-dong Community Center, Euljiro subway station 3, line 2 or 3, exit 3 을지로3가 exit 3 을지로 주민센터

1) Exit subway.

2) Turn right at the first alley (about 5 seconds after you exit the subway.

3) Turn left at the first small street.

4) Walk about 7 seconds. 을지로 주민센터 will be on your left (across the street, you will see such refined landmarks as Staz Hotel, BnB, 7-11.


Euljiro-dong Community Center, Euljiro subway station 3, line 2 or 3, exit 3 을지로3가 exit 3 을지로 주민센터


Exit 3 from the subway is next to the Tous les Jours.


You’ll see this small sign pointing you to exit 3. Which means if you aren’t paying attention that you may miss it.


If you get lost, you can show this to people in the subway.


Subway exit 3.



After leaving exit 3, walk straight. This will be on your right. You want to turn right immediately after this.


turn into the alley before this store.


turn left here.


Assuming they are still there on 2/28, you will see the “Staz Hotel” and “Bn B” across the street from the building holding the speech contest.


That’s it!!!! The speech contest will be held on the 4th floor.


The address on the building.

Feb 28 speech contest



TNKR alumni update: Joo Yang and Yeonmi Park at SFL in 2015

Joo Yang and Yeonmi Park will both be speakers at the Students for Liberty International Summit, according to a Website and United Liberty.  Yeah, well, before they were sought-after speakers, they were both students in the Teach North Korean Refugees Project.

Joo Yang (then known as Chanyang Ju) was matched with tutors from mid 2013 until early 2014. Here’s an article I wrote for the Korea Times about the three months she studied intensively to prepared to deliver her first major speech in English, at the Asia Liberty Forum in New Delhi, India. In addition, I also heard that she was speaking at Columbia University a few days ago, but I didn’t hear about it until a few days later. And of course, I am so delighted that she recorded this broadcast about me, to be sent into North Korea.

Yeonmi Park was in the project in mid 2013 for a short time, then returned with a vengeance from January-October of 2014, studying with 18 tutors during that time. I recently wrote about working together with Yeonmi, here are our most recent podcasts. She is now wrapping up her speaking tour that began in Europe and is ending in the USA.

Joo Yang at the October 2013 matching session.

Joo Yang at the October 2013 matching session.

with Chanyang Ju (Joo Yang) for her talk in India last January.

with Chanyang Ju (Joo Yang) for her talk in India last January.

Chanyang speaking in India at the Asia Liberty Forum, January 2014.

Chanyang speaking in India at the Asia Liberty Forum, January 2014.

Yeonmi returns to the Matching program in January 2014. She studied with 18 tutors during January-October 2014..

Casey Lartigue and Yeonmi Park, in Hong Kong, on September 6, 2014, recording "North Korea Today, featuring Casey and Yeonmi."

Casey Lartigue and Yeonmi Park, in Hong Kong, on September 6, 2014, recording “North Korea Today, featuring Casey and Yeonmi.”












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