I am Joo Yang, a North Korean defector. AMA.
My name is Joo Yang (Proof) and I'm a North Korean defector. My parents defected to South Korea first, but we maintained contact and they sent money and other resources to support me. I also did private business selling gloves, socks, and cigarettes to warehouse workers. In 2010 I escaped too, and in 2011 I reunited with my family in South Korea. I have since been in the popular television program “Now on My Way to Meet You,” which features female North Korean defectors.
I'm joined in this AMA by Sokeel Park, Director of Research & Strategy for Liberty in North Korea. We'll both be at Summit on June 12-15 in Malibu, California. Summit is a two-day event hosted by Liberty in North Korea to unite, educate, and activate our generation to take on one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. We've extended the deadline to register, so if you're interested in attending, click here.
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is an international NGO dedicated to supporting the North Korean people. LiNK brings North Korean refugees through a 3,000-mile, modern-day 'underground railroad' to freedom and safety, and provides assistance to help resettled refugees fulfill their potential. LiNK also works to change the narrative on North Korea by producing documentaries, running tours and events, and engaging with the international media to bring more focus to the North Korean people and the bottom-up changes they are driving in their country. Learn more here.
EDIT: We have to go now, so this AMA is closed. Thanks so much for turning up and asking your great questions! Again, we will both be at Summit on June 12-15 and you can learn more about LiNK and our work at http://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/libertyinnk. Thank you! - Joo Yang and Sokeel.