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[WATCH] North Korea During Covid-19: Implications on Security, Human Rights, and Foreign Policy

Watch an important discussion featuring Mr. Ri Jong-Ho and Hyun Seung Lee — they speak about their assessments on the implications of Covid-19 on North Korea’s security, human rights, and humanitarian landscape. And be sure to listen to Mr. Ri’s statement made… Continue Reading →

12/10 Event Invitation: North Korea During Covid-19: Implications on Security, Human Rights, and Foreign Policy

Join me on International Human Rights (Dec 10) for a Belfer Center event, “North Korea During Covid-19: Implications on Security, Human Rights, and Foreign Policy” with Mr. Ri Jong-Ho and Hyunseung Lee. RSVP on the link below! I’ll be… Continue Reading →

Curiosity is Alive in North Korea [Lumen’s promo video]

Lumen’s promo video is finally out! Check out this video that interviews a number of North Korean escapees about how consuming foreign information impacted them while they were living in North Korea. This was co-produced by one of our team… Continue Reading →

Innovating Our Approach to Human Rights in North Korea [Op-Ed]

As a complement to the event I organized on April 20 with a panel of 7 North Korean-escapees, Sylvia Kim and I co-authored this piece “Innovating our Approach to Human Rights in North Korea” through the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer… Continue Reading →

Harvard Business School Students’ Mentorship Program for North Korean-born Entrepreneurs

Amazing at Harvard Business School set up a one-on-one internship program with North Korean-born entrepreneurs. If you are interested, check out the flyers (English and Korean), and *apply on this google form*. Let me know if you have any questions!

Innovating Our Approach to Human Rights in North Korea

I had a the pleasure of organizing and moderating an event titled “Innovating our Approach to Human Rights in North Korea,” featuring an all North Korean-escapee panel. This event was co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and… Continue Reading →

Dealing with North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses [Sejong Society event]

I know it sometimes seems like an impossible subject to practically address, but we have to keep on discussing NK’s human rights abuses and keep the subject salient as we collectively think of new ways to bring human rights to… Continue Reading →

Lumen’s Second Annual Open Call for Ideas

Lumen has launched our second annual Open Call for Ideas! If you have a great idea — a practical idea or a moonshot idea — that can enhance access to information for North Koreans, check out Lumen’s Open Call for… Continue Reading →

Join me at Oslo Freedom Forum 2020 (Online!)

Join me at the Human Rights Foundation’s Online OSLO FREEDOM FORUM 2020 next week (Sept 24-25 EST). As always, there will be incredibly inspirational and accomplished activists, journalists, philanthropists and advocates who will speak about the issues we all must… Continue Reading →

Become a partner for Free North Korea Radio’s Broadcast today!

I have been following this organization run by Mr. Kim Seong-Min and Suzanne Scholte. “Since 2006, Free North Korea Radio has broadcasted into North Korea. Voiced and produced by North Korean defectors now living in South Korea, we broadcast news, information, and… Continue Reading →

Jangmadang Generation Documentary

I just re-watched Liberty in North Korea’s documentary titled “Jangmadang Generation” and was reminded of just how much work we as civilians can do to bring positive changes to the people of North Korea. If you are an engineer, researcher,… Continue Reading →

Fundraiser for North Korean refugee’s graduate school tuition in Washington DC

Earlier this year, I had dinner with a new friend named April Kang. Over several hours of homemade Korean food, we got to know each other a bit and she shared with me her frightening story of escaping North Korea,… Continue Reading →


This image that Lebron James posted recently captured the power and meaning of Colin Kaepernick’s protest. I embarrassingly know nothing about the game of football or basketball. But protest, I get. Some critics of Colin Kaepernick’s protesting police brutality against… Continue Reading →

The Human Race

This past week’s nationwide protests triggered by the unjust and senseless death of George Floyd refocused our attention here in America to the ongoing, structural injustices that inflict our nation today, 244 years after our nation’s founding. The blatant —… Continue Reading →

Activism through Art: Kang Chun-Hyuk

I came across Kang Chun-Hyuk’s artwork recently, and noted how much information and heartbreak a young artist could expose about the brutality of the North Korean regime through his drawings and ‘live paintings.’ His talented work captures and showcases the… Continue Reading →

Interested in information freedom in North Korea? Submit your idea!

On behalf of Lumen, I am very excited to launch our first annual Open Call for Ideas. If you are interested in information freedom, check out our link and submit an idea:

Protest Point!

At a popular meeting spot inside the British Museum in London (usually next to the lion statue, which is behind these brilliant protest signage), the museum set up an area where children can create and share what they are protesting…. Continue Reading →

Election Day! Go vote

A few friends who escaped from North Korea recently asked me why some Americans don’t vote. “If you CAN vote, why won’t you vote?” I had no answer for them. I told them I have no idea.   The desire… Continue Reading →

Interest in North Korea at the UK Parliament

Lord David Alton and MP Fiona Bruce invited me to speak at the UK Parliament. More than anything, it was so encouraging for people of their stature to be so genuinely invested and interesting in helping people in and from… Continue Reading →

First Openly Gay North Korean Defector Speaks to New York Times

Normally, I try to avoid re-posting articles on the blog (even though there are so many good ones out there!) but this one was too good, too interesting, and too unique to not re-post. Mr. Yeong-Jin Jang arrived in South Korea… Continue Reading →

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