Name: Grace Haewon Kwon
Occupation: Student @ Boston University
Likes: Starbucks, anything with mint, polaroids, pop rocks, bobbleheads
Dislikes: SHINEE, raisins, pimples, splinters
You can call me an information sponge; ever since elementary school, I’ve always enjoyed absorbing as many facts as possible. I remember even reading the World Book Encyclopedia at the school library in my spare time. Lame I know, but I couldn’t help just knowing the random things out there. However, while books and encyclopedias were great resources to explore various topics, the rise of the Internet really struck a chord with me. Information became so much more accessible, and so much more appealing through the various platforms of multimedia. Video, audio, slideshows, interactive maps – I was in love with it all.
I remember when Youtube revolutionized the net, especially because it was the way I got introduced to the issues in North Korea. Freshman year of high school, I stumbled upon a BBC documentary which described the conditions of this poverty-stricken country, complete with testimonies from North Korean defectors. While watching this documentary, I felt sick not only because of the atrocities, but particularly because I wasn’t aware of ANY of these human rights issues.
Over the years, through countless documentaries, articles, and even first-hand accounts, I have come a long way from that clueless child. But what’s the use of the wealth of knowledge without being able to share it all? Through this blog, I hope to be able contribute to the blogosphere the wealth of knowledge I have gained, while continuing this learning process. I hope we can shed light on the issues and give some voice to our people, even if it is only just a tiny difference.
These are my people.