The 26th Annual AEAC Awards Ceremony hosted by the Denver Public Schools
Asian Education Advisory Council (DPS AEAC) was held at the Doubletree Hotel's
Grand Conference Room on May 1st, 2011 at 9am. About 300 teachers, administrators,
parents, paraprofessionals and community volunteers attended the event.
Pastor Ki-won Chun of Durihana, a North Korean missionary organization located
in South Korea, was awarded the Community Award by the DPS AEAC (Chairperson:
Pastor Ki-won Chun said in his speech as the keynote speaker,
"Thank you for the hope and courage you have given the North Korean youth
so they may spread their wings and plan their futures like the students of the
Denver Public Schools. These youth are tired from their loneliness in a foreign
country for they had to leave their country in search for food."
He also requested to continue to have interest in the North Korean defectors
until they can be educated in such environments like that of the Denver Public
"Durihana" has branches in the US, Japan,
New Zealand and Taiwan etc. Celebrating the "North Korean
refugee week" held by US Durihana in Denver, Colorado Governor Bill
Ritter had named July 17, 2009 as "Durihana Day."
May 11, 2011 Durihana Inc
About 300 guests attending the awards ceremony
Flag raising ceremony and parade by the students of the DPS
announcing the opening ceremony.
Opening Introductions by Priscilla Shaw and board members
Reverend Chun Ki-won, Durihana, Inc.
Reverend Chun Ki-won is
President of Durihana and a South Korean NGO who has devoted his life to rescuing
North Korean refugees from China and other countries, and who operates underground
homes for children of female North Korean defectors.
Pastor Chun is a graduate
of Back Suk Theology College. In 1995, while as a missionary in the Yanji region,
Chun met his first North Koreans in hiding. “These people had lost all their
rights,” he said. “The most important thing I could do was revive their humanity.”
In October of 1999, Reverend Chun founded Durihana.
This South Korean pastor
has been called the “Asian [Oskar] Schindler,” after the famous World War
II industrialist who saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazis, and “the Robin
Hood of the North Korean refugees” for his role in leading more than 900 North
Korean across China into countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia, South
Korea and the United States.
In December 2001, Chinese
authorities arrested Chun as he attempted to smuggle a group of refugees across
the border into Mongolia. Their journey was captured on film and is featured
in the documentary SEOUL TRAIN. Chun spent nearly eight months in a Chinese
prison for this “crime” of helping North Korean refugees.
In 2009 Chun met with two
American reporters, Lisa Ling and Euna Lee, in Seoul and was instrumental in
helping them plan their trip to the border to report on North Korean refugees.
That same year, in July, Colorado’s Governor, Bill Ritter, issued a proclamation
designating July 17, 2009 as Durihana Day.
Welcome Annie Chung, Violinist
Keynote speaker Reverend Chun Ki-Won, Durihana Inc.
DPS AEAC Chairperson Priscilla Shaw
Members of the DPS AEAC
Greetings from parents of Asian students
Mark (Durihana Volunteer), who is always helpful in Denver
Other Durihana volunteers: Robin (US Durihana), Jackie, Pastor
Chun, Mark, Mrs. Chung (from left)
At Sunday Service of Denver Eden Church (Senior Pastor: Sanggu
First Love Harvest Church(PastorSun, Hui East) at
Sunday afternoon service
First Love Harvest Church(PastorSun, Hui East) worship team
Seattle Heraldway Central Korean Presbyterian Church at Wednesday
Gary Maass(left), the Sinclairs (back of right), the Mousers
(front of right)
drove over 8 hours from Oregon to Seattle
Japanese volunteer (left) and Gwangho Lee (back of left)
who help North Korean defectors in Seattle
Pastor Jaechang Chang and his wife who provide a place to
stay for pastors visiting Seattle