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B in Korea

I teach middle school girls and boys in Korea about Western culture, language and music! I love immersing myself in the Korean way of life. You'll find lots of different things here about Korea from a Korean and a Western perspective! Happy browsing.
Nov 13 '13
North Korea ‘publicly executes 80 people’North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumours that lent credibility to the front-page report.

North Korea ‘publicly executes 80 people’

North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumours that lent credibility to the front-page report.

Feb 6 '13

How I feel about Coffee in Korea

kikinitinkorea:

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Mar 24 '12
Feb 17 '12

The Defector

A Documentary project in Toronto, Canada by Ann Shin, Fathom Film Group

This story is one that grabbed me by the heart and it won’t let me go. It’s about the pluck and the courage of kids as young as eight years old and grandmothers in their mid-sixties, who want to make a run for a better life, or die trying. They are only two of roughly 300,000 North Koreans who have escaped starvation conditions and are living in hiding. With no status or rights, they live in constant fear of being deported back to North Korea where they would face imprisonment, torture or possible execution.

This is the legacy of the Cold War that has divided a country and brought tragedy to tens of thousands of families, including my own. Since the 1900s, ongoing famines in North Korea have forced hundreds of thousands to flee in the desperate search of food and aid.

The Defector is about this human crisis. It’s a film with a lot of heart, and it’s got guts.

As mentioned in the trailer above, this project is also about taking you right into the heart of the experience. With the help of satellite images, smuggled footage and multimedia tools we are able to expose the true nature of life in North Korea, never before seen on film.

Status: We have received support from several Canadian broadcasters and funders and have started production. We have filmed a couple aid groups based in the U.S. and in Canada. But this is a film with multiple international locations spread across five continents. We still need upwards of $50,000 to fund this next stage of production, which is risky and unpredictable.

$20,000 will ensure that we can follow the initial departure as Kim and 3 others embark on their journey. We will follow them on the 3,000-mile journey through numerous towns and hinterlands as they make their way toward freedom.

Additional funds will help us follow their story to the end – traveling to find out where each of them ends up months from now. How will they settle in their new countries? What is the news of their family back in North Korea? Are there any thoughts of re-uniting?

And finally, as mentioned, there are hundreds of inspiring aid workers and individuals from the far-flung corners of the globe who are all involved in this effort to help North Koreans. If we were to raise more than $50,000 in funds, we would be able to travel to these brave individuals and film a number of them. We want to feature their personal stories and show why these individuals would give up middle-class comfort and risk their lives to help North Koreans.

Please join our team and contribute the equivalent of the cost of dinner, or more, or less. Every little bit helps us on our way. We appreciate your support.

Pledge your support here and help us get to our Kickstarter goal!

If you would like to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation, you can go to our page at Women Make Movies.

Find out more information, posts and follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter, or on our Blog:

http://www.facebook.com/thedefectormovie

http://blog.thedefectormovie.com/

Twitter.com/TheDefectorMov

(Source: kickstarter.com)

Feb 17 '12
Feb 14 '12

Happy day little ones!

I’ll miss your smiles.
Your awkward ducks.
I’ll miss the moments you’d say, “Hey teacher, come look!”
I’ll miss your laughter.
I’ll miss your squeals.
I’ll miss the dancing that made me blush.

Congratulations girls!
You’re high schoolers now!

Feb 10 '12

My last day at Oksan felt stale and unemotional.

Jinny didn’t have anything for me to do. “Just spend time with them,” she told me. She stayed downstairs in the teacher office. At 8:40am I made my way up to the first grade room. Some of the kids said hello. I let them have free time for the first 30 minutes. The last 15 minutes we played a game as a class. Big Wind Blows. I wrote my contact information on the board and that was that. My second grade class went roughly the same way. The kids were tired. They had just returned from “vacation.” Many of them spent it working on their parents’ farms or taking tests at the high schools. I tried to smile. The boys huddled around someone’s phone. A game, I’m guessing. I talked to a few of the girls about what high school they would be attending in March. “Are you excited?” I asked with as much enthusiasm as I could muster. Most of the girls were not. High school means more work, more stress, and less time to be home and with friends. Most of the students will live in the dorms. Study. Eat a bit. Study. Sleep a bit. Study. That will be their life. For those that are not up to school standards it’s time to farm or attend a vocational school. At 4:30pm I walked to the front of the school with the teachers I carpool with. We got in the car quickly, the few minutes outside had all of us blowing hot air into our shaking hands. We drove past the school gate and I stared out into the fields. The 16-year old boy that always grins when he sees me shielded the visible left side of his face with his hand as we drove past. Goodbye, I thought. There wasn’t anything good about it though.

Feb 10 '12
womackcreates:

My student brought me milk today and said “Happy Valentines day!” I thought they were joking so I left class without the milk. Turns out it WASN’T a joke and they tracked me down demanding to know why I didn’t like their gift.  I ♥ teaching

womackcreates:

My student brought me milk today and said “Happy Valentines day!” I thought they were joking so I left class without the milk. Turns out it WASN’T a joke and they tracked me down demanding to know why I didn’t like their gift. I ♥ teaching

Feb 6 '12

When you teach in Korea you WILL get cooking oil at least twice a semester.

I’m sure it is written somewhere in your contract.

Happy cooking, waygookins!

Feb 1 '12
Uiseong Middle School student models the oh-so-popular Duck hoodie!

Uiseong Middle School student models the oh-so-popular Duck hoodie!