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JANGMADANG TOUR SEPT 25 - DEC 9
Jangmadang [jang ∙ ma ∙ dang]:
A North Korean word for market. A place where North Koreans gather to buy and sell goods, and talk.
North Korea is the most oppressive country in the world, but change is happening at the grassroots level. This tour will focus on one of the most significant trends emerging today: the Jangmadang Generation. This is your chance to hear our North Korean peers describe what's happening in their country and learn how we can help.
We are privileged to bring you the voices and insights of our friends who have experienced the challenges and changes in North Korea first hand. We worked with Joo Yang, Yeonmi Park, and Joseph Kim to produce a personal, dynamic and engaging multimedia presentation.
Joo Yang worked making taffy, sweet rice drinks, and alcohol to sell in the Jangmadang before she escaped North Korea. Since resettling, she's enrolled in college and participates in the popular South Korean talent and talk show, “Now on My Way to Meet You,” which aims to bridge the gap between North and South Koreans.
Yeonmi Park bought and sold products in the Jangmadang. Wanting to make money on her own, she even bribed an orchard guard so she could get some fruit to sell. Now in South Korea, she studies police administration at Dongguk University and speaks around the world about the challenges that the North Korean people face.
Joseph Kim escaped North Korea after living on the streets as an orphan. Since resettling in the United States, Joseph graduated high school and started college. Last year, he spoke from the TED stage, sharing his story of hope with the world.
This is a unique chance to hear directly from North Koreans (through videos that address the audience) about life inside North Korea and what we can do to help.
You will gain a better understanding of the challenges the people face and the ways they are overcoming them from some of the most amazing North Koreans we know. Our North Korean friends will share incredible insight, hope, and inspiration.
Events can be tailored to meet your needs, but generally look like this:
30-minute, live, multimedia presentation given by LiNK Nomads (our traveling representatives).
Information and involvement booth to carry on the conversation after the presentation.
Through 13 North American tours and over 4,000 events, we have reached over 300,000 people at schools, places of worship, community groups, and even coffee shops. We're honored to have presented at some pretty cool places like Google, Harvard, Yale, and West Point. LiNK events can be hosted anywhere!
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Even if you see an event in your town, we would still love for you to host your own. Many high school events are not open to the public, so please contact the venue or us directly if you are interested in attending any of these events.
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Since the North Korean government stopped providing food for the people in the mid-1990s, ordinary North Koreans learned to trade in illegal markets called “Jangmadang.” These markets are now essential to life in North Korea, allowing people to provide for their families and to increasingly push back against the structure of oppression constraining them.
These markets also provide unprecedented access to new information technologies and illegal foreign media. The newest foreign media, like South Korean and American movies and music, continue to seep into the country despite the authorities' efforts, and are distributed through these markets.
This makes the Jangmadang a source of new information and trends from the outside world.
Jangmadangs have also given rise to new human networks in North Korea. These are networks that exist outside of, and often even in opposition to, government control. This allows people to increasingly rely on themselves and others for food, basic necessities, information, and media.
There is an entire generation emerging that grew up relying on themselves and these markets rather than the regime. They are called the “Jangmadang Generation.” They have different ideas, hopes, and dreams than previous generations, making them harder to control through the traditional means of oppression. And as this demographic grows, their influence as North Korea's change generation will only get bigger.
ARE YOU TOURING NEW VIDEOS?
Yes! Tons. We have NEW media and videos, sharing an inside look into the lives of the North Korean people, stories of North Korean refugees who have escaped, and new media showing changes inside North Korea.
SO, IS THIS A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION?
Kind of... and so much more. LiNK events are educational and engaging speaking-style presentations with videos to connect audiences to the people behind the stories. This event is unique in that we will be sharing videos of North Koreans speaking directly to audiences.
ARE THERE THINGS WE CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED?
Absolutely! LiNK events are designed to be educational, as well as engaging. We provide practical ways for everyone to get involved and make an impact in the lives of the North Korean people.
DOES THE EVENT COST ANYTHING?
Kind of. The people presenting do not get paid, but we ask that you help us get to your city by providing a $100 travel honorarium. That's all.
WHERE CAN I HOST A LiNK EVENT?
Wherever you are. Events have been held in school auditoriums and classrooms, places of worship, community centers, and even coffee shops.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PROVIDE FOR AN EVENT?
People and a screen. We will bring media and trained LiNK representatives. You are responsible for getting a space and filling it with people.