Skip to main content

2018-07-22 Former NK diplomat Thae Yong-ho presentation at TNKR forum

About 40 TNKR volunteers and fans gathered for a donor appreciation event featuring former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho. It was quite an honor to host an event with a person who may be the highest ranking North Korean diplomat to escape. He addressed the theme: "Understanding North Korea: How Information Can Change North Koreans" at a forum that was sponsored by UniKorea.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Thae has joined the TNKR Book Club! He has agreed to sign copies of his book (in Korean) for TNKR donors and fundraisers. The English version of the book is forthcoming.

He addressed many high-level issues related to North Korea, but of course I asked him about TNKR. He gave a fantastic response, demonstrating that he really does understand the way TNKR operates, and that he respects what our team and volunteers have built.

Mr. Thae speaking about TNKR:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-15Bvdq8yY&list=PL-6_xImxyTAJw3qeFJBXFv6fSCFEOb9eG&index=1

A blog post I posted at the Korea Times, with comments from NK refugees Ken Eom and Eunhee Park. Unthinkable in North Korea: Ordinary and elite defectors mingle in Seoul
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2018/07/728_252978.html






Mr. Thae's presentation
















Photo Time with Thae Yong-ho! He was like a rock star, everyone at the event wanted a photo with him. His security people were nearby, watching everything and everyone.




































Thae Yong-ho took questions for almost an hour.




























Wrap up time! 















Popular posts from this blog

Deliver directly to undertaker!
According to
AP: "Worshippers at black churches in 20 states will be urged this weekend to consider organ donation. The program, Linkages to Life, is aimed at raising awareness about organ donation among blacks, who suffer higher rates of diseases that damage the liver and kidneys."

This is not going to work. And it isn't because the religious leaders and others aren't trying or don't care.

1) Altruism motivates some people, but not enough to donate their vital organs. Thankfully we don't rely on altruism to motivate people to get up every day to go to work, to sell food to us, to play pro basketball or football, or for medical breakthroughs. We know that altruism doesn't work in most endeavors in life, but for some reason we believe (or foolishly hope) that it will work when it comes to people agreeing to have their bodies cut up after death or loved ones having to make that decision shortly after that loved one has expired. …

2019-11-02 Hana Foundation Youth English Speech Contest

The Hana Foundation held its third Youth English Speech Contest. I was delighted to be a judge for the third consecutive year and for TNKR volunteers to also mentor many of the contestants.

TNKR's Matching Challenge: https://give.lovetnkr.com/en/awesome

TNKR FAQ

I often get questions about TNKR. We had a page but somehow I keep losing track of it on our main website, which isn't very Casey-friendly. I will start answering questions on this page, then when we get a Webmaster for the TNKR page, the person can upload this there.
Q: Do you provide a curriculum for tutoring/teaching or does the tutor plan out what the student needs?A: We have a fantastic curriculum designed by one of our tutors, but most refugees have their own learning goals and are able to follow that path (that's a key reason they want to join TNKR!). Refugees have a variety of English learning needs--and our tutors are ready to respond and work together with them. We call them "tutors," but "study partners" is actually more accurate. Tutors naturally feel the pressure to teach as much as possible, but we are trying to foster a culture of self-directed education so that hopefully after refugees have been with us for 3 to 6 months that they will be joi…