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"My future TED Talk about North Korea"

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Shin and Kim Law Office

서울 종로구 종로3길 17 D Tower (23rd floor)


Korea, Republic of

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Nine North Korean refugees will be giving original speeches in English at the 9th Teach North Korean Refugees English speech contest, to be held on February 23, 2019, from 2 pm at the (new) Shin and Kim Law Office 서울 종로구 종로3 17 D Tower (23rd floor).

Each speaker will have up to 10 minutes, giving “My TED Talk about North Korea.” Refugees applied for the contest by submitting short videos explaining their speeches. After that, they selected local coaches to meet face-to-face and students from Yale University to study with online.

The speeches will be moving and promise to open your eyes up to the struggles, experiences and challenges facing North Korean refugees. You will see even how small support from people from around the world can encourage refugees as they make their way in the world outside of North Korea.

Many refugees who join the contest say that it is a life-changing experience. Many had grown up not learning English or learning it from teachers who themselves should have been studying English. Yet, just a few years later, they are on stage speaking before an audience of fluent and native speakers of English.

It is even empowering for attendees at our speech contests.


This event is free of charge for TNKR donors and fundraisers who have reached at least the TNKR Sponsor Level. http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/sponsorandmembership/ Contact TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue by February 16 to claim your free ticket, (CJL@alumni.harvard.edu or TNKR@teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org)

To join this uplifting event, see the payment details below:

Early-bird special: 10,000 won, until February 1.

Payment option 1: Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-ted-talk-about-north-korea-tickets-55152225792

Payment option 2: PayPal https://www.paypal.me/loveTNKR

Payment option 3: Bank transfer

-Bank account: (Woori Bank) 1005-802-774890

-Name on account: 티엔케이알(TNKR)

After February 1:

15,000 won for TNKR volunteers plus 1 guest free

20,000 won general admission

20,000 won at the door for everyone (if seats and standing room are still available).

Additional donations to this contest can be doubled, and also credited to your fundraiser for TNKR! So please consider making a donation to support TNKR’s activities. https://give.lovetnkr.com/en/Casey


TNKR’s English speech contest has grown quickly. We started this in February 2015, with about 40 people attending our first contest at a community center. Last year’s contest had more than 130 attendees, our largest audience so far. Shin and Kim is our host and the Korea Times has been the main sponsor the last two years.

Event agenda:

* Introduction by MC

* Introduction by TNKR co-founders Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee

* Welcoming Remarks

* Guest Speaker

* Speech Contest

* Deliberation by judges

* Entertainment by Karen Lyu

* Announcement of results

* Group photo

* Raffle

Previous speech contest winners:

Contest 1, February 28, 2015: Sungju Lee, author of the memoir, "Every Falling Star."

Contest 2, August 22, 2015: Sehyek Oh, North Korean refugee activist

Contest 3, February 27, 2016: Eunsun Kim, author of "A Thousand Miles to Freedom."

Contest 4, August 20, 2016: Chulman Choi, entrepreneur

Contest 5, February 25, 2017: Cherie Yang, TV personality

Contest 6, August 26, 2017: Youngmi, college student

Contest 7, February 24, 2018, Jinmi, college student

Contest 8: August 25, 2018, Julia, college student


1) Step-by-step video from the Gwanghwamun subway (line 5, exit 4) to the Shin and Kim Law Office. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b6-EM_plMc&t=0s&list=PL-6_xImxyTAJw3qeFJBXFv6fSCFEOb9eG&index=2

2) We will have a TNKR volunteer waiting at the Gwanghwamun Subway from 1:30 pm to escort attendees.

3) If Eventbrite happens to show a map to the venue in the details, follow it at your own risk. We strongly recommend that you follow the step-by-step video, meet us at the subway, or find your own way using the address 서울 종로구 종로3 17 D Tower (23rd floor).

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