I do many interviews and rarely turn them down. Some interviews of course are better than others.
And then there are the interviews where both the interviewer and interviewee feel inspired by it . On Thursday, I had a great time getting interviewed at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.
A few weeks ago I gave a speech at Georgetown University. Many people expressed interest, as happens at events.
Danbi Seo followed up!
She is South Korean, she has been following North Korean issues for a while and wanted to learn more about TNKR and my activities.
And then after the official interview, we talked even longer, she regretted not recording that. She probably was worried about wasting my time, so I need to be better at letting people know that I am willing to talk about TNKR for a long time.
One of her colleagues joined us during that time. She is not as interested in NK refugee issues but we all had a great time talking.
Danbi was even interested in Hwang In-Cheol’s campaign to have his father freed from North Korea. She had placed the “Bring My Father Home” sticker on the back of a booklet. I have connected her with Mr. Hwang and a few others she can interview.
As I wrote in a column a few years ago, one test of your effectiveness is to check how many people are coming to you for counsel. If you are an activist or an advocate, then you should be attracting people like a magnet to your cause.
I have known about the Hudson Institute for quite a while. They are another Washington D.C. think tank producing books and articles and holding events. Their budget in 2017 was $26 million. In comparison, TNKR’s budget that year was $120,000.