Prof. Sam Denny of Sangmyung University invited TNKR to present this afternoon at his class. It wasn’t required for the students to be there, but many showed up!

The professor had invited me, but thankfully TNKR co-founder Eunkoo Lee accepted my invitation to join. She prefers being behind the scenes, but I have learned when I tell her that she has an obligation to inform people about what refugees are telling her in feedback that she will join.

After speaking, we had time to take photos with students and talk with those who are interested in getting involved. Whenever I give a speech, I am happy when just one person steps forward to get involved. A few did, and one young lady started making plans for a fundraiser for TNKR!

We also handed out stickers made by Jackie Cole, TNKR’s Marking and P.R. Manager.

Thanks to Prof. Denny for opening his class to us and inviting students to join. South Koreans who had never heard of TNKR now know that we exist, a few are interested in joining, and his colleagues and other contacts on Facebook now also know about us.



INTERVIEW

Before giving a speech, we had an interview with a reporter from visiting looking for stories related to North Korea and North Korean refugees.

We met at the office to start the day, talking about numerous issues related to both. I also invited Youngmin Kwon to introduce Bring My Father Home campaign so the reporter could possibly write about it later.

After that, we had a photo shoot.

I then had lunch with him, and we discussed many things honestly. I have been a reporter, a source for many stories, a specialist dealing with media, and now I am working with North Korean refugees. So I can clear up a lot of misconceptions that reporters have and also remind them that a lot of the problems in stories related to North Korean refugees are caused by lousy reporting and low standards. “Reporters and refugees.”

TEACHING MACHINE RETURNS

She’s back! Yes, Grace Lee is back in South Korea. Four years ago, she was a high school girl who convinced me that she would take tutoring in TNKR seriously.

Four years later, she is back, tutoring once again any students who can make it during the hours she is available. Back when she first introduced herself to me, I told her we don’t take high schoolers. She was persistent, then when she arrived in Korea, visited to convince me that she could do it. She began tutoring…. no kidding… six hours a day. The only reason it was six was because I wouldn’t let her tutor eight hours a day as she requested.

Whenever she returns to Korea, she tutors intensively. She does a quick assessment of the level of students, asks a few questions, then drives ahead in tutoring. She doesn’t engage in chit-chat, never tries to interview the students about their pasts. Anything the refugees say is part of helping the refugees improve their English.