Jonathan’s Visit to GW Bush Center

[Jonathan (alias) is a graduate from Empower House studying in college now. He visited the George W. Bush Presidential Center late November to discuss North Korean Human Rights and Education for Defectors. The reflection below was not translated by ENoK but written directly by Jonathan.] For me as a North Korean refugee, it was an […]

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Former Empower House Refugee Student, Now a Master’s Student

Hi, I came to the US in 2012 and began participating in Empower House program in 2014. Now I’m also a graduate student in a theological seminary. When I first came to the US, I was part of a Korean community in California where I didn’t feel the need to learn English. As time passed […]

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Introducing the Newest North Korean American

Hi, I am a 2-year, former Empower House student. The naturalization ceremony took place this summer, and I can’t properly describe the joy and excitement I felt throughout the process. It’s probably because I fled North Korea without receiving a proper citizenship. As I held my hand to the chest and sang the Star-Spangled Banner, […]

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Introducing Our New Empower House Outreach Director!

Greetings! My name is OOOOOO, and I am the new outreach director of ENoK. There are several reasons why I have decided to get involved in ENoK . One of the reasons is, in the past, I kept hearing about the terrible treatment and limited human rights in North Korea. When I received this shocking […]

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Summer Interim Director at Empower House

Hello! My name is OOOOO and I was the in-house director of Empower House for the 2016 summer term. I am a Chicago native, and a student at the University of Chicago. In this introduction, I would like to go over how I became involved with ENoK and Empower House, my thoughts on plight of […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview IX

I am a student currently living in Empower House. I left North Korea last year in January. During the journey, I learned from fellow North Korean defectors that we could go to a third advanced country besides South Korea. With this knowledge and hope, I chose America and applied for refugee status. I arrived in […]

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Message from Our Newest Bride

Hi! I am 000, and I first arrived here in the States two years ago. At first, I struggled very much because of the language barrier. A few months after arriving in the States, I was able to learn English at Empower House run by ENoK, and what I learned while I was there has […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview VIII

Q. How did you decide to join Empower House? A. It’s been three years since I first arrived in the United States. However, I still cannot communicate in English. So when I learned of Empower House, I did not hesitate a moment to drop everything I was doing and move into Empower House. I first […]

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Message from Aimee (Alias)

I felt many things while I was studying in Empower House. One of them was that the fact I was born in North Korea was not a curse as it has often seemed, but at times it rather strengthened me and helped me realize who I really was–discover my identity. There are of course times […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview VII

Questions and Answers with Ryan (Alias) Q1. What is your goal in participating in Empower House? I joined Empower House to prepare to take the GED and eventually prepare for college. Q2. What motivated you to participate in Empower House? I would like to start a new life in America. And one day, I would […]

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