Monday, August 20, 2018

Grace Jo gives a talk and questions and answers at George Waahington University

here is a youtube presentation from NKinUSA youtube channel.

Grace is out there again champion for the North Korean people.
she gives an hour and half questions and answers.




Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Yeon-Mi Park starts her own youtube channel

Yeon-Mi Park is a north Korean defector who wrote the book "In order to live"
she is a human rights activist for north Koreans and has spoken at many venues.

just found out about this a few days ago and she intends to post regular updates and answer questions.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQu57KgT7gOoLCAu3FFQsA


she and Ji Seong-Ho have teamed up to start their own organization called Freedom for North Korea
Ji Seong-Ho became disabled after blacking out from starvation and falling from a train in north Korea..
he survived and came to realize that the NK regime could't care less about him so he decided to defect.
somehow he made it through China minus a leg and hand and has since started his own organization in south Korea called NAUH

http://www.nauh.or.kr/eng/main/main.php

http://freedomfornorthkorea.org/

Friday, August 10, 2018

FREE pre-release screening of The Spy Gone North from CJ Entertainment on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.

NKinUSA and DC APA Film invite you to a FREE pre-release screening of The Spy Gone North from CJ Entertainment on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Donations will be gladly accepted at the door and will benefit both NKinUSA and DC APA Film.

Event Details

This free screening of "The Spy Gone North Korea" is hosted by NKinUSA, The North Korea Network, Korean Waves Meetup Group, and DC Asian Pacific American Film-APA Film.

Date & Time: 

Thursday, August 16th
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Location:

Cinema Arts Theatres
9650 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031


Voice of North Korea Refugees II, on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Boston.

Voice of North Korea Refugees II will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Boston.

Cholong Park is involved in this meaningful event to improve the human rights of North Korean Refugees. She ia a pianist and also working for ENoK as an artist director.

ENoK (Emancipate North Koreans) was founded in 2011. ENoK is a 501(C)(3)-approved non-profit organization registered with the Illinois Secretary of State Office

The mission of ENoK is to:

EMBRACE North Koreans

To help break down barriers between North Korean defectors and “others”

EMPOWER North Koreans

To help North Korean refugees transition to the new society and life through life-support programs such as life-skills training, job training, and education

EMANCIPATE North Koreans

To raise awareness of dire situations and human rights violations being committed in North Korea as well as the plight of North Korean refugees scattered across Asia.


Logo of ENoK (Emancipate North Koreans)

Cholong Park is planning "Voice of North Korea Refugees II" with ENoK.

Cholong Park  received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Sang Myung University and earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University under the guidance of Dr. David Kalhous.

Throughout Park’s active music career, she has developed a wide range of repertoire and discovered that chamber music, contemporary works, and piano pedagogy are her forte. She was a featured soloist performing works at the John Cage Festival, the Pre-college Piano Symposium, and the New Music Ensemble Concert at Florida State University.

In May 2014, Park made her Carnegie Hall debut performing solo and ensemble works as a founder member of the new music ensemble, What Is Noise, as their pianist.

Cholong Park is currently studying with Dean Wayman Chin in the Collaborative Piano program, chamber music emphasis, at Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has been teaching students since 2002 and has taught students of all ages & levels.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Death Threat from North Korea and 18 “Letters from Heaven” from South Korea

this was sent to my email by Seo Kang of Defence Forum Foundation so just passing along.

Suzanne Scholte who is the president of the Defence Forum Foundation received a death threat from the North Korean regime but in stark contrast also received 18 letters from South Korean students wishing her all the best and thanking her for her human rights work.

there is a link to the article in Korean below but has been translated into English here.

i think the death threats from the north are more wishful thinking than anything else...

Dear North Korea Freedom Coalition Members and Friends:
Suzanne Scholte, the Chair of North Korea Freedom Coalition published an op-ed at Munhwa Ilbo, the South Korean newspaper, on recent threat from North Korean regime against North Korean human rights activists, and the special messages of hope and love from “Heaven”.

You can also find the full article in Korean here:

http://www.munhwa.com/news/view.html?no=2018080801073911000005 (Korean)

A Death Threat from North Korea and 18 “Letters from Heaven” from South Korea
By Suzanne Scholte, Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
published MUNHWA DAILY August 8, 2018 at

http://www.munhwa.com/news/view.html?no=2018080801073911000005

TRANSLATION:

A Death Threat from North Korea and 18 “Letters from Heaven” from South Korea
By Suzanne Scholte, Seoul Peace Prize Laureate

For over twenty years now, I have had the great honor of working for the freedom and human rights of the North Korean people.  As a result of this work, it is not unusual for the North Korean regime to attack me on their propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri.  Because I believe that North Koreans are deserving of the same freedom and human rights as South Koreans and Americans, the Kim Jong Un regime has labeled me “a female monkey”, a “dirty miser”, “an ugly political swindler”,  “a witch” and other unprintable words.  They even depicted me as a kangaroo in a cartoon attacking the annual North Korea Freedom Week when we first hosted it in Seoul.

But in July something happened that went way beyond these typical slurs and attacks.  I got this message directly in my email: “To Suzanne Scholte, This is your destiny.  You will DIE!! We see you everywhere.  We will Kill You.  Go home, and Wait Die.”  The threat was accompanied by a horrific real photo of a badly mutilated woman’s head.  The message and the photo haunted me for a day or two, and I was very ashamed about it and did not want anyone to even know about it.  It is something truly rattling to have someone hate you so much to have taken the time to have sent that message and to have taken the energy to search for the most horrific photo to accompany the death threat.  I did not want anyone to see the message or the photo for fear they would think of it when they thought of me.

Since the death threat was sent on the same day as other death threats against North Korean defectors, I knew it was from someone acting on behalf of the North Korean regime.  And it pained me that someone who does not even know me, could hate me so much simply because I wanted them to be free. I then finally realized how I should respond to this death threat: I prayed to God for this person and I now long for the day when I can meet them in person and tell them how much I love and care about them and that is why I do this work.  It is only because they are blocked from the truth by their regime that they could send such a message.

Then, something else happened about a week later: eighteen postcards arrived from South Korea.  The death threat from North Korea came on July 7th, but on June 29th, someone in South Korea, who also I do not know, arranged for 18 South Korean young people to send these postcards- all handwritten with illustrations from students in South Korea .  All were mailed from Korea on June 29, 2018 from "GY. DEOKYANG" and each of them had the same return address: "South Korea, A letter from Heaven" and the same message " I love Scholte" and then different notes of encouragement with illustrations, Bible verses, etc. on the reverse side.

One wrote: "The reason I wrote this letter is to give you strength"; another wrote: "Jesus will give you strength All the Time". Almost all wrote: “Thank you for helping the people of North Korea.”

And I realized that at the same time when someone in North Korea was looking for that horrible photo to send me and preparing a death threat, God was prompting someone in South Korea to encourage these students to send these powerful messages of love and support and prayers for freedom for North Korea and wisdom and strength for me.

It was truly awesome because I do not have any idea who is the North Korean who sent the death threat or who are the South Koreans who sent the postcards?  The reason why I decided to write this OPED is because I hope this message will reach them all.  These young South Koreans need to know how much their messages meant to me and how the timing was so important.  And they all need to know I have the same message for both: I love you, North Koreans and South Koreans.

I choose to stand on the messages in those 18 beautiful “Letters from Heaven” and I hope that one day I can thank the South Koreans in person who sent them, and one day soon I also hope to meet and hug that North Korean who sent a different kind of message, so they will know how much I care about them.
###


Suzanne Scholte
Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
President, Defense Forum Foundation
Chair, North Korea Freedom Coalition
www.defenseforumfoundation.org
www.nkfreedom.org

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Federalist interviewed Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA

Federalist interviewed Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA



Grace Jo’s first memory of North Korea is sitting by her grandmother, selling a bucket of dried fish in the marketplace. Her grandmother raised her and her four siblings, because her parents were often gone trying to find food, whether by scavenging for wild vegetables in the mountains or by bartering, at times nearly begging, in the market.

More than two decades later, Grace Jo told her story this week at  George Mason University’s Arlington campus. The Fund for American Studies hosted the event.

“Here in America, it’s difficult to understand. You cannot imagine what life without freedom is like,” Grace Jo said.  Her grandmother, as well as her two younger brothers, eventually succumbed to starvation in North Korea.

Her older sister went missing after going to China to find food. The Jo family doesn’t know for certain but assumes she was either forced into sex trafficking or sold as a bride to a Chinese farmer.

Her father is also dead. After realizing that there was no food for his family in his country, he made the perilous journey into China to ask for a bag of rice from relatives. On his third trip, someone reported him to government officials, who promptly arrested him.

Grace Jo’s family heard nothing about their father for weeks, until a letter came from the North Korean government. The letter stated that Jo’s father had jumped from a train transferring him from one camp to another. The officers fatally shot him as a result. The news shocked Jo’s mother so much that she went into labor prematurely.

Afterwards, Grace Jo’s mother doubted the statement that the government gave her. Not only was her husband weak from the lack of food, but he also had a genetic condition that made jumping from trains very unlikely.

She started asking around and found a man Jo’s father had been imprisoned with. According to his roommate, the guards beat Jo’s father every night until he passed out, and his face was covered with blood. He died as a result of the torture and malnutrition. To dodge discipline, the officials concocted the story they sent his wife.

His death left their family with no means of finding food. For 11 days, Jo and her brothers consumed nothing but cold water and laid fetal on the floor, counting the minutes go by. Feverish, they tried to ease the pain by looking for cold spots on the concrete floor.

An older woman from their community stopped by and saw their state. Although food was scarce all around, she gave the Jo family a kilogram of corn, which Jo’s mother chopped finely and boiled. That porridge was the first food they had eaten in almost two weeks.

Shortly thereafter, her mother and grandmother found six newborn mice outside. They were overjoyed and immediately began deliberating about the best way to prepare the mice. Newborn mice are a traditional North Korean remedy for malnutrition.

After her mother and grandmother had decided that they would boil the mice for a soup, they had to make the awful choice of who would get to eat them. They decided on their daughter Grace.

Although it took some coaxing to get her to eat the soup, Jo described it as “very delicious.” Served over a combination of corn porridge and white rice, it greatly improved Jo’s health. Her hair, which had become dull and yellow, regained some of its natural black color and shine.

Grace Jo’s mother knew long-term survival was impossible in North Korea. In July 1996, she, Jo, and Jo’s sister began the journey northward to China.

It was hot and oppressively humid. The Yalu River, which creates the border between China and North Korea, was swollen from the heavy rains. The waters reached her mother’s waist and her sister’s shoulders. Jo, who was seven years old at the time, sat in a backpack on her mother’s shoulders to avoid drowning. The trip lasted an hour.

Once in China, the Jos still could not rest. North Koreans aren’t considered refugees in China and are repatriated back to North Korea if caught. There, they face almost certain death. Chinese police officers act as plain clothes civilians then arrest refugees. As a result, Jo, her mother, and sister cringed at the sound of police sirens.

Over the next decade, Jo was repatriated three times. She was imprisoned. Her mother and sister were tortured. Their saving grace was a pastor who they had met earlier. While in China, Jo and her family became involved with a Christian community. She went to a school an American pastor started for orphans. This American pastor eventually raised money for Jo and her family’s release from a North Korean prison camp.

With the $10,000 raised, he was able to bribe six North Korean officials for their freedom. Once back in China, the United Nations rescued them and let them enter the United States as legal refugees.

“We felt like came to heaven,” Jo said of the United States. “We didn’t have to fear anymore.”

Five years after that, Jo and her family became American citizens, joining 200 North Korean refugees who live in the United States. Jo, her mother, and her sister slowly stopped looking over their shoulders for plain-clothes police officers. Once, after getting pulled over, Jo’s mother yelled at her sister, afraid they would be sent back to North Korea by the American officer. Jo’s sister was startled at first, then started laughing uncontrollably.

“Mom, you don’t have to be afraid anymore,” Jo’s sister said. “This is America.”

After the officer ran their license and registration and let them go, Jo’s mother was stunned. “I guess this is what freedom is,” she said. The idea that one could interact with the police without the fear of violence or the need for bribes shocked them.

Now as American citizens, they are advocating for North Korean refugees still stuck in China. The Jo family founded the nonprofit NKinUSA, which funds rescue missions in China. Jo is the vice president. According to Jo, it costs about $3,000 to bring a refugee to safety. Since 2012, NKinUSA has helped 98 refugees.

Her activism hasn’t stopped there. She was a guest at the U.N. Security Council’s session on North Korean human rights. She has spoken on NBC, on CBS, and at Harvard about her story.

Grace Jo hopes to study international law, so she can fight the forced repatriation of North Korean refugees in China. In the meantime, she’s working as a dental assistant and taking classes at Montgomery College.

Her talk comes on the heels of President Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Jo was very disappointed with the outcomes of the meeting, which she said legitimized Kim to many in the West.

“The U.S. government did not get anything from the meeting. North Korea did,” she said.
She thought Kim’s talk of dismantling nuclear missiles distracted many from the human rights abuses that occur in the country. She said she hopes the media would focus more on the starving North Korean people than on the nuclear situation.

She wants people to remember the people sitting in prison camps, who are forced to sit at 45-degree angles for hours at a time. She wants people to advocate for her fellow Christians in China who pray silently to themselves at night because gatherings catch the attention of authorities. She wants people to know that her father lived in fear after killing a government cow to feed her family, because the punishment for that is death.

Jo began her talk by reminding her audience that they have no grasp of what life without freedom is like. Jo and her family are now working so North Koreans may one day be able to say the same thing.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/07/12/north-korea-survivor-tells-starvation-torture-cannot-imagine-life-without-freedom-like/


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

some good news for regular prisoners in North Korea

good news if you are a common prisoner but not if you're a political prisoner...

a quote from the article
 The move to declare mass amnesty is connected to the regime’s attempts to portray Kim as a “leader who makes generous decisions because of his love for the people.” 
 i don't think so....😝😝😝💩

overall though, it's good news. especially for those already in a gulag and for their families


https://www.dailynk.com/english/north-korea-announces-three-year-reductions-in-some-prison-camp-sentences/

Friday, July 20, 2018

North Korean Nuclear Program Explained

i came across this today.
it's a satirical enactment of why the north reacted with a nuke program of its own.
after the armistice, the united states deployed missiles in the ROK capable of delivering a nuke. the missiles were called honest john.
the north found out about this and reacted with a program of their own.

that's what this clip is about



i should also add that the united states (cia) has been secretly moving weapons grade plutonium round Japan for years also.
even though Japan has nuclear energy, it also has the ability to make nukes of it's own according to alot of research by Joseph Trento.

again. not defending the DPRK regime, just pointing out that the u.s. is no angel either. 

http://theinternationalforecaster.com/topic/international_forecaster_weekly/japans_stealth_army







Thursday, July 19, 2018

North Korea has over 2.6 million 'modern slaves'

 People normally associate the practice of slavery to have long been put out of use. While this may be the case in the majority of the world, unfortunately, there are still many places where slavery is still prevalent. North Korea currently has the highest prevalence of slavery. Based on the 2018 Global Slavery Index, there are approximately 2.6 million 'modern slaves' in North Korea.
The term 'modern slavery' is defined as forced labor, human trafficking, economic leverage such as "debt bondage", forced marriages, and child labor. It is evident that the North Korean government has the "weakest response to slavery out of all the countries surveyed [in the 2018 Global Slavery Index]", and this weakness is highlighted due to the North Korean Regime's constant use of forced labor within and outside the nation. 
Although there have been talks of denuclearization and a potential alliance between the United States and North Korea, there hasn't been a formal discussion towards rectifying the blatant human rights violation occurring within North Korea. 
           As Amanda Mortwedt Oh of the Committee of Human Rights in North Korea said, North Korea is a slave state. Any talks of peace and partnership should first involve a conversation addressing the human violations, such as modern slavery, that the North Korean Regime commits daily. How can the World trust a nation that puts their own citizens in shackles?
Many North Koreans are human trafficked to other nations and become forced laborers.
Link to other articles pertaining to the modern slavery in North Korea:
1. http://humantraffickingsearch.org/north-korean-slave-labor/
2.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/07/19/north-korea-has-2-6-million-modern-slaves-new-report-estimates/
3.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/19/north-korea-has-modern-day-slaves-world-report-reveals-rights/



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Increase in ghosts ships off Japan west coast

I did a post about this a couple of months ago representing Joshua Stantons good research on the cause of the ghost ships off Japans coast. see below link.

https://woodbridgenkinusa.blogspot.com/2018/03/north-korean-ghost-ships.html

this one came in from the DailyNK reporting that the number of north Korean shipwrecks have increased.

They will be doing a five part series on this and will be interesting to see what conclusion they come to.
As mentioned in the previous post, Stanton concluded that the NK regime had sold fishing rights to China forcing the average fisherman further out to sea to get a decent catch.
i'm guessing that still holds judging from the recent increase in wrecks found.
Chinas big trawlers would be sucking everything up in the region

https://www.dailynk.com/english/number-of-north-korean-shipwrecks-shot-up-in-2017/




Saturday, June 30, 2018

Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal

Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal about her life in the USA as well as her roles and activities of NKinUSA that helps the resettlement of North Korean refugees in the USA.





Jeff Glor of CBS Evening News Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA

Jeff Glor of CBS Evening News Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA about her starvation and suffering under North Korean regime.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/north-korean-defector-recalls-starvation-before-escaping-to-the-u-s/






Friday, June 8, 2018

newsletter from Suzanne Scholte

hello all

Suzanne Scholte has sent out another newsletter regarding activities in regards to North Koreans so just passing along.

SoonJa of NKinUSA is accepting any unwanted flash drives to format and install information to North Koreans telling them about the outside world.
you can contact her at the email below and she will get back to you.
soonja@nkinusa.org

also, i reccomend the book called "the accusation" written by a North Korean still living in North Korea.

 Dear Friends:

First up: I am pleased to share with you the link to the report on North Korea Freedom Week 2018: The Truth Will Set Them Free which is now posted on the North Korea Freedom Coalition website at
http://www.nkfreedom.org/nkfw/nkfw-2018/  Also, posted is the letter to President Donald Trump from the North Korean defector organizations regarding his planned meeting with Kim Jong Un.
http://www.nkfreedom.org/2018/04/28/letter-to-president-trump-from-north-korean-defectors/
And, you can also watch many of the events and sessions that occurred during NKFW 2018 as NKFC Vice-Chair Jason West recorded and posted them at www.nkfreedom.org

And now for some action items:

 For those in the DC Metro Area:
TOMORROW: Join us at 9 AM Friday, June 8 for the Victims of Communism Memorial for the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony: We will once again be representing the people of North Korea and laying a wreath to remember the millions of innocent men, women and children who have died because of the Kim family dictatorship.  It is very fitting on the days just before the Trump-Kim summit to remember that North Korea is one of five remaining dictatorships where the people continue to suffer and die under the tyranny of communism that has already killed over 100 million people worldwide.   Everyone is welcome to join us for this event.  Note for the media: Park Sang Hak of Fighters for Free North Korea and Grace Jo of NKinUSA will be attending the event and available for press interviews.  You can learn more here:
https://www.victimsofcommunism.org/events

For Everyone Where Ever You Are in the World:
Join us for Days of Prayer and Fasting for North Korea:  Our International Day of Prayer and Fasting during the first day of North Korea Freedom Week 2018 was so powerful we decided to set aside significant dates coming up to pray and fast  for North Korea’s FREEDOM this summer.   These dates have been set aside to pray and fast:
June 11th: to pray for the Turmp-Kim summit planned for the 12th in Singapore; 
June 25th: anniversary of the day North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950 and the Korean War broke out;
August 15th: Korean Liberation Day; and
August 25th: anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK by Kim Il Song and the beginning of the Kim family’s reign of terror. 

As Rev. Thomas Belke, author of JUCHE, in his presentation to the US Congressional Briefing in January stated: fasting and prayer are the key to breaking the status quo impasse in North Korea.  Belke described our April 28th International Day of Prayer and Fasting as a Kingdom of God D Day Assault with people all over the world praying and fasting together for North Korea’s Freedom.  Now, that we have stormed the beaches, it is time to liberate the cities and the nation through prayer and fasting for North Korea’s FREEDOM.  Roxann Moss of Christians in Crisis will be updating our website April 28 website at https://www.april28.org/

The Bridge US is looking for North Korean defectors in the USA who are interested in entrepreneurship and microfinance. The Bridge has already successfully been helping North Korean defectors in South Korea to start their own businesses, and now they are expanding the project to the USA. Those of you who know North Korean defectors who are interested in business and looking for microfinancing opportunities, please have them contact Charry Lee at chanmi@thebridgetogether.com  You can learn more at the Bridge’s website at www.thebridgetogether.com

PSALT’s Backpack Project is Back:  PSALT is once again collecting items to help school aged North Korean refugees in the USA to be ready for school.  You can help PSALT with their backpack project by providing bulk items of 30 school supplies or toys by July 20th or donate online to help http://psaltnk.org.

No Chain Requesting More Flash Drives: You can help No Chain with its efforts to get information to North Korea by donating flash drives. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/NKNoChain/ for further information.  Note: Ji Soon Ja is collecting flash drives here in the USA and can be reached at soonja@nkinusa.org

For folks in Seoul:
Casey Lartigue of Teach North Korean Refugees: is seeking volunteer English tutors or speech coaches.    This is a wonderful way to help North Koreans in South Korea.  Learn more at:
http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org

Free North Korea Radio Update: Free North Korea Radio continues to be the most popular single hour of programming to North Korea, and once again ranked #3 in all radio stations in South Korea.   This remarkable achievement is because of the great partnership between the defectors in South Korea who produce the broadcast and American citizens and churches who pay for the shortwave transmission.  Because of the current situation in South Korea where the Moon government has promised North Korea’s dictator that they will stop information to North Korea, the defector led organizations like FNKR are going to need even more help in the days ahead.  It is vital to keep this award winning program on the air to spread the truth to North Koreans.  Please consider becoming part of this amazing partnership – you can learn more by visiting: http://www.defenseforumfoundation.org/free-north-korea-radio/

For your Summer Reading: The Accusation -- Now Also Available in Paperback: We have a few hard back copies remaining but more paperback copies of The Accusation  for your summer reading.  The only dissident book from North Korea, The Accusation was written by someone still living in the DPRK who uses the pseudonym BANDI, which means “Firefly” in Korean as he is shining a light out of the darkness of the DPRK.  He is North Korea’s Solzhenitsyn. If you would like to order a copy, donate $15.50 for paper back or $20.50 for hard back on line at www.defenseforumfoundation.org and will get you your copy right away!

ACTA NON VERBA,


Suzanne Scholte
Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
President, Defense Forum Foundation
Chair, North Korea Freedom Coalition
www.defenseforumfoundation.org
www.nkfreedom.org

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Interview With a North Korean Refugee

I conducted a very short interview with a North Korean Refugee who now lives in Canada.

In order to keep the identity of this person anonymous, I cannot share a large portion
of the interview or include their name, date of birth or age.
However, the person allowed me to post and share two questions and answers
that were discussed in this interview.
Question: What was the one thing that you/your parents remember the most about life
in North Korea?

Response: “The most memorable thing back in the People's Republic was the Day of
the Sun celebration. General Kim Il Sung's birthday was on April 15th
so that was the day when everyone could celebrate and eat food.
I remember being full on these days.“

Question: How was schooling in North Korea compared to schooling in Canada?

Response: “School was surprisingly similar to school in Canada
except the fact that we had to learn about the Supreme Leader's Life.
We were expected to know Kim Il Sung's birthday
even though we didn't know our own grandfather's birthday.”

Question: Did both of your parents work when they were in North Korea?
If so, would you be able to tell me their occupations?

Response: “My father was a fisherman.
Most of his catch we had to sell so I was never "full".
However during the Sun Parade I remember going on my father's ship and
eating the catch he brought up.
We didn't need to sell as much on those days.”

Friday, June 1, 2018

Montgomery County Council member Craig Rice presented award to Grace Jo for her work with North Korean Refugees

Montgomery County Council member Craig Rice presented Grace Jo, Vice President of NKInUSA (North Korean Refugees in the United States) with a proclamation on behalf of the Montgomery Council recognizing her for her work with North Korean refugees and with NKinUSA, because NKInUSA is a non-profit organization founded by North Korean refugees for the human rights crisis in North Korea.

NKinUSA is working to raise awareness of the human rights crisis in North Korea, to help facilitate escape and safe passage for North Korean refugees, and to provide them with resettlement assistance in a third country including the United States of America.








President and Vice President of NKinUSA have given talks on several university campuses across in the United States

President of NKinUSA (North Korean Refugees in the United States),  Jinhye and Vice President Grace Jo have given talks on several university campuses across the United States about their personal experiences escaping North Korea and their own perspective on recent events on the Korean Peninsula:

On March 17, Jinhye participated in Georgetown THiNK’s annual conference, LIFE in North Korea.

On April 9, Grace spoke at an event at Harvard University sponsored by Harvard Human Rights in North Korea.

On April 13, Grace held a discussion, “Through the Haze” at GWU THiNK.

On April 16, Liberty in North Korea at University of Maryland College Park hosted a visit and talk by Grace.

And on April 22, Jinhye visited Emory University for an event co-hosted by Liberty in North Korea, Re’Generation Movement: Korea, and East Asia Collective.







George Washington University’s THiNK organization hosted Vice President of NKinUSA, Grace Jo

On Friday, April 13 in 2018 George Washington University’s THiNK organization hosted Vice President of NKinUSA (North Korean Refugees in the United States), Grace Jo, for a dinner and discussion on the North Korean human rights crisis. Leading the discussion, Grace Jo shared her own experiences as a North Korean refugee and the hardships both her and her family, as well as countless other refugees endured on their road to freedom.

Guided by questions from the audience, Grace detailed her experience under the oppressive North Korean regime. Students, scholars and other North Korean human rights activists alike asked questions regarding human rights, the inner workings of the Kim regime as well as North Korean public opinion inside the state. Grace shed light on the mindset of the people still living under the regime and her aspirations for their freedom as well.

Grace later highlighted the work she has done with NKinUSA (North Korean Refugees in the United States) in facilitating the rescue and resettlement of North Korean Refugees in the United States. Through raising funds, awareness and aiding in the relocation of these refugees, Grace along with NKinUSA, has made the safe resettlement of numerous North Korean Refugees to the United States possible.

At the end of the discussion Grace was given the opportunity to have some of her questions answered by audience members, where the conversation shifted towards the American perception of the North Korean refugee crisis.

This dialogue highlighted the need for a greater awareness of the issue from both policy makers and citizens alike. Grace’s firsthand account of life in North Korea, a narrative largely unknown to the global community, shed light on the importance of the fight for human rights in North Korea.







Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Charity Happy Hour for NKinUSA, North Korean Refugees in the USA will be hosted on the 30th of May at 6:00

NKinUSA's Charity Happy Hour will be held on May 30th at 6 p.m.

You are welcome to join Charity Happy Hour for NKinUSA, North Korean Refugees in the United States. We'll also be watching Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between DC's very own Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.



Happy Hour starts at 6:00, game starts at 8:00. There will be happy hour specials all night, raffle prizes, and the first $500 of Happy Hour sales go to NKinUSA.

The event will be hosted by NKinUSA President and Founder Jinhye Jo who escaped from North Korea and now works as a human rights activist. NKinUSA works to help North Korean refugees and is a 501(c)(3) based here in the DC area that focuses on refugee rescues, resettlement assistance, and raising awareness about the human rights situation in North Korea.
Come learn more, support this cause, and network with other people!

The event starts at 6:00 PM, but feel free to arrive as early or late as you please and stay as long as you like. Free parking is available behind the restaurant in the building garage. It is also a short bus ride from the Rosslyn Metro (4A) or the Courthouse Metro (4B). Both buses are towards Seven Corners. Better yet, for those coming from DC, take the 16Y from McPherson, Farragut, or Foggy Bottom.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DPRK not ready to give up its nukes after what the trump administration did with Iran

after seeing what the united states has done with the Iran nuclear deal, it's no wonder Kim is not ready to give up its nukes.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-casts-doubt-trump-summit-suspends-talks-023240833.html


add to the fact that trump appointed the low life pictured below, it's no wonder the NK regime wont trust anything the united states says.
here is a bit of info in regards to john bolton.


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/23/trumps-pick-war-criminal-john-bolton-just-super-charged-threat-attack-iran

here is a good explanation by James Corbett regarding the flimsy excuse the trump administration made to renege on the Iran nuclear deal.
the point being is that it is a reminder to the Kim regime that you cant trust the word of the united states corporation.



Friday, May 11, 2018

President Trump will meet Kim Jong Un at Singapore

President Trump will meet Kim Jong Un at Singapore on the 12th of June to discuss about the peace in Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons.
I hope North Korea will focus on the economic development after the meeting.

http://www.newsrep.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=50436