IamA North Korean defector who went from being on the brink of starvation to powerlifting. Ask me Anything.
Hi, my name is Jake and I’m from North Korea. When I escaped in 2005 I was close to death from malnutrition. I spent several years in Canada before returning to South Korea this year to complete my college degree. I discovered lifting as a way to cope, but now it's a hobby I love.
In conjunction with my studies, I work for JAYU, formally known as The North Korean Human Rights Film Festival. JAYU provides a platform to engage patrons in a global human rights discussion through the arts. We strive to be the catalyst for change and envision a world of globally minded and informed individuals who support human rights.
Next month, December 5th-7th, we are hosting our 3rd Annual Human Rights Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Our full festival schedule is here: jayu.ca/festival-schedule And our Facebook page here: facebook.com/jayufestival
We are a non-profit organization and couldn’t do this festival without our wonderful staff, board, and volunteers. If you would like to donate or get involved, please consider donating through our IndieGoGo page here: http://igg.me/at/jayu/x/8807794
PROOF: Here's JAYU's official website: http://www.jayu.ca/ama-with-jake-friday-november-21st/
And here's a picture of me, I cannot show my face unfortunately due to family still in North Korea.
Although my English is pretty good, fellow JAYU staff member Arius is here to help me translate.
So, ask away!
EDIT: Okay everyone, I need to get ready for class. I will try to get back on later and answer some more questions. Thank you everyone for your interest!