(Sorry, this happens to be in Korean. ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t worry, this will be the only one!)

ํ•ด์™ธ๊ธฐ์ž๋‹จ ํ›„๊ธฐ

์ œ1๊ธฐ ํ•ด์™ธ๊ธฐ์ž๋‹จ ๊น€์ง€์œค

ํ›„๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์“ฐ๋ ค๊ณ  ํ•˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ ์ผ๋‹จ ์ง€๋‚œ ์ผ๋…„ ๋™์•ˆ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์–ผ๋งˆ๋‚˜ ์„ฑ์‹คํžˆ ๊ธฐ์ž ํ™œ๋™์„ ํ–ˆ๋Š”์ง€ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•ด๋ณด๊ฒŒ ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค ์•„..๋ฐ€๋ฆฐ ๊ธฐ์‚ฌ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์จ์•ผํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐโ€ฆ.ํ–‰๋™๋ณด๋‹ค๋Š” ๋ง์ด ์•ž์„ฐ๋˜ ์ ์ด ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์„œ ์กฐ๊ธˆ ์•„๋‹ˆ ์•„์ฃผ ๋งŽ์ด ๋ถ€๋„๋Ÿฝ๋‹ค๋Š” ์ƒ๊ฐ์ด ๋“ญ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Ÿผ์—๋„ ๋ถˆ๊ตฌํ•˜๊ณ  ์ง€๋‚œ ์ผ๋…„ ๋™์•ˆ์˜ ํ•ด์™ธ๊ธฐ์ž๋‹จ ํ™œ๋™์€ ์ œ๊ฒŒ ์ฐธ ์†Œ์ค‘ํ•˜๊ณ  ์œ ์ตํ•œ ๊ฒฝํ—˜์ด์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. Continue reading

One Page Testimony: On Conversations and Friends


My experience as a Ministry of Unification Overseas Correspondent has given me so many opportunities to explore the various issues surrounding the reunification issue, but more valuably chances to get to know people serving in all areas within this cause.

Even six months after the DMZ tour and the rest of the volunteer activities, the late night conversations I had with my North Korean and South Korean teammates still resonate. I had advocated for North Korean human rights on my campus with my student organization for years, but when I shared a beer with a North Korean defector woman ten years my senior did I realize that I was rooting for a better future for people like her. There were faces, names, and personalities to the distant โ€œNorth Koreansโ€ I was praying for now. Continue reading

One Page Testimony: What I have learned from being an Overseas Student Correspondent


Last summer was the first time I was in Korea for longer than a short visit. It was also the first time I met Korean students, people who worked for the Korean government, and North Korean defectors. In a nutshell, August was a whirlwind learning experience:

  1. We attended an orientation, where we met the other interns as well as the Vice Minister
  2. Attended workshops on the new social media of Facebook and Twitter
  3. Visited the Joint Security Area (JSA)
  4. Toured the DMZ (during which we had discussions, heard testimonies from the North Korean defectors on the trip, and learned about the historical sites from subsequent tourguide lectures)
  5. Visited Hana Centers in Gyeonggi Province and learned about the settlement process North Koreans go through when they come to South Korea
  6. Volunteered and lived amongst the students at the Hangyeoulleh Middle and High School for students who had come from North Korea (Some of us were interviewed for radio programs during this time as well.) Continue reading

Benjamin Button Style


Yesterday, I returned from a month long trip in Korea. I ate a chickenโ€™s foot, avoided using the traditional Korean toilet (imagine a horizontal urinal built into the ground), went clam digging, survived the most humid summer in my life, and had my first beer. For a 21 year old college student in South Korea, all of this is the norm, a typical day. For a foreigner like myself, this even approaches โ€œWeird/interesting Travel Experiences.โ€ But there was one detail about my month that made it out of the ordinaryโ€”I experienced it all with North Korean defectors.


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