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Breaching the Information Gap
April 17, 2018
On Monday, April 16th ThiNK invites you to LC317 for a talk with the president of Fighters for Free North Korea (FFNK), Park Sang Hak. Mr. Park defected from North Korea in 1997 and started the organization, which uses balloons to send human rights and pro-democracy literature, DVDs, USB drives, foreign currency and transistor radios from South Korea into North Korea. Also in attendance will be Mr. Park's younger brother, Park Jung Oh.
This is a great opportunity to learn about humanitarian efforts towards breaching the information gap in North Korea.
PARK, Sang-hak: Mr. Park is a North Korean defector and democracy activist who was born in 1968 in the city of Hyesan, Yanggang Province. A member of the elites from Pyongyang, Park graduated from Kim Chaek University and later worked at a propaganda unit of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League until 1999, when his father, a former spy for the government, defected with his family to South Korea.
Since then, Park has worked tirelessly for the democratization of his homeland. He is the Founder of Fighters for Free North Korea (FFNK), an organization that uses balloons to send human rights and pro-democracy literature, DVDs, USB drives, foreign currency, and transistor radios from South Korea into North Korea. For his work, Park was the target of a foiled assassination attempt in 2011 at the hands of a North Korean spy using poisoned needles. Park is the recipient of the 2013 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent, awarded by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), and was also a speaker at the 2009 Oslo Freedom Forum.
PARK, Jung Oh: Mr. Park is a North Korean defector who runs Kuen Saem, an afterschool program for North Korean defector students that provides free English lessons and other tutorial help. Mr. Park is also the founding member of the Send Rice Aid Directly to North Korea Coalition, a group that sends rice and USBs using plastic water bottles via the ocean into North Korea.