A brief overview of North Korea’s history, starting from the declaration of the Korean Peninsula, through World War II and the Korean War, up to Kim Jong-il’s rise to power.
At Summit in 2014, Hannah Song, president and CEO of LiNK, spoke about the changes happening within North Korea and the most effective ways we, the public outside North Korea, can accelerate these changes and support the North Korean people.
Hannah Song, LiNK’s president and CEO, provides an in-depth look at the challenges and lack of freedoms the North Korean people face. With both statistics and stories from North Korean defectors, she explains the regime’s use of fear and poverty to attempt to control the 24 million people living in North Korea.
The way we define North Korea determines how we respond to it. Justin Wheeler, LiNK’s vice president, discusses the importance of shifting the conversation on North Korea from the politics to the people.
While growing up in North Korea, Joo Yang listened to foreign broadcasts on an illegal radio with her family for 10 years, preparing to defect despite the danger of being caught and sent to a prison camp. In this clip, Joo Yang describes how the dreams and fantasies she saw in banned media have become […]
Every year, thousands of North Koreans risk their lives to escape political and economics oppression. In these dire circumstances, many North Korean refugees do not have the resources or connections to get themselves out of China. In this video, some of LiNK’s leaders give detailed explanations of the challenges North Korean refugees face after escaping […]
Sokeel Park, LiNK’s Director of Research and Strategy, works closely with defectors to build our understanding of North Korea and develop our approach. By working with the people, we have gained new insight about the millennial generation in North Korea and the bottom-up changes they are driving. Sokeel goes over the main differences between the […]
Nat Kretchun is the co-author of “A Quiet Opening, North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment,” and currently serves as the associate director of Intermedia. Nat has done extensive research with North Korean refugees and defectors and discusses the many important ways technology and foreign media are used in North Korea and the effects they […]
Dr. Sue Mi Terry is an expert on East Asia, with a particular focus on the Korean peninsula. She has held positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Council, National Intelligence Council, and Council on Foreign Relations. She’s now a senior research scholar at the Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the managing […]