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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Introducing Our Summer Intern

I am JC, a rising senior at Williams College and a current intern at Empower House. As a concentrator of public health, I have a particularly fervent interest in education and health policies for the vulnerable groups of individuals, such as immigrants and refugees, in our society. Last summer, I had the privilege of working […]

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Empower House 1st Graduate!

Hello, I am Sylvia (Alias), and I joined the Empower House program in Chicago as a student on September 27th, 2014. For the past eight months, I have gained some of the most memorable experiences through Empower House. After arriving in the U.S. in March 2008, I had to try very hard to obtain a […]

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