【我們還應到北韓旅行嗎？Should we still travel to North Korea?】
Our co-founders Rubio and Jamie, together with Steve Chung, a Korea expert from CUHK, will be sharing their views on the controversial matter of travelling to North Korea in HKU tomorrow. There are some public quotas for the talk, welcome to join us!
The death of Otto Warmbier makes everyone want to think again whether it is ethical to travel to North Korea. Some people believe as a global citizen, it is not a problem if we want to understand the cultures and people from North Korea; while some people believe we should boycott this as it is an indirect support to Kim’s repressive regime.
We have invited Steve Chung, a Korea expert from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Rubio and Jamie, the co-founders from Eastern Vision who frequently organise tours to North Korea to share their views on this controversial matter.
🇰🇵北韓行：兩韓新和平時代？ 【21 – 26 May | 31 May – 5Jun 】 詳情及登記：bit.ly/dprk-summer －與中學生、在職人士交流，親身了解他們的生活 －到訪於北韓人而言是聖地的「錦繡山太陽宮」，成為極少數外來人踏足的地方 －體驗農夫耕種的日常 －探討朝鮮半島的和平進程
【A Precious Encounter with students from Pyongyang Tourism University – Recap of North Korea Winter Delegation Tour】
Some say an encounter in this life happens for five hundred glances in the previous life. If so, how many times we would have laid eyes on them to bring us to the people we met in North Korea? Meeting the students from Pyongyang Tourism University was probably the most valuable experience during the Winter Delegation Tour in December.
Pyongyang Tourism University provides vocational training to students who intend to become tour guides, most of whom are turning into 20s like us, which made us get along very soon. Unlike the high school students we met who were barely capable for simple English, not to mention how we used different ways to explain a simple message and kept bringing up new topics to avoid “dead air”, the students here were totally different. Their English were far beyond our expectation and they spoke with great confidence. Awkward silences were always filled by them by initiating new topics as well. We talked about school, families, relationships…for over two and a half hours without even noticing the dusk had fallen.
We continued our night with ice-skating. What I imagined was to skate with the romantic chase and catch scenario, but there is always distance between expectation and reality. I fell down right after I stepped into the rink and eventually I bothered two Korean boys to hold me on each side so I could at least stand. They raised us when we fell and taught us step and step patiently. Though we couldn’t manage to skate on our own in the end and even pulled the students down several times, we became closer after revealing the hilarious side of us.
We all said we should practice hard at home and come back next year for revenge. It is just that when we come back again next year, some of them may have graduated, some may have enlisted in the military and others may have started working. This would probably be our one and only encounter, but the rareness makes it more precious to us. Our participants joked that I should act just as Cupid to pair them up with the locals.
The motto “Stand on our fatherland with horizon over the globe” （자기 땅을 발을 붙이고 눈은 세계를 보라! ）was hanged up on the wall in the classroom. Nevertheless, there is somewhere they wish to go, somewhere they have fantasy about. Hopefully there will be one day they can explore the world, not only through scope of their vision, but with their feet striding into the boundless Earth. When the day comes, may the encounter happen again between us.
– North Korea Winter Delegation Tour Mentor Cman
——————————————– 🇰🇵Enter North Korea Summer: Heading to a Final Peace? 【21 – 26 May | 31 May – 5 Jun】 Details and Registration: bit.ly/dprk-summer – Meet with the local students and workers to understand their living – Visit the holy Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where foreign visitors seldom set foot in – Experience the daily lives of local farmers and get a taste of farming – Explore the possibility of a peaceful Korean Peninsula … See MoreSee Less
【SUMMER SEM BREAK TOURS✈️】 Details and Registration: easternvision.hk/programmes
After turning in your finals, any plan for your semester break? This summer, Eastern Vision has launched three extraordinary tours to Tibet, North Korea and Iran, to enhance your understanding of the local culture, foster your communication with the native and explore the contentious social issues with you. Let’s not forget the unique experiences we can gain from travelling abroad!
🌅Tibet: Housing the Abode of Snow 【14 – 23 Jun | 9 – 18 Aug】 – Enjoy breathtaking snowy landscape and take a peek at the majestic Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier – Visit the Tibet Thangka Institution in Lhasa and know more about the future development of this distinctive Tibetan arts – Spend a day at Everest Base Camp and enjoy the dramatic view of the world’s highest peak in front of you
🇰🇵Enter North Korea Summer: Heading to a Final Peace? 【21 – 26 May | 31 May – 5 Jun】 – Meet with the local students and workers to understand their living – Visit the holy Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where foreign visitors seldom set foot in – Experience the daily lives of local farmers and get a taste of farming – Explore the possibility of a peaceful Korean Peninsula
🕌Iran Awakening: The Forgotten Persia 【1 -11 Jun | 3 – 13 Aug】 – Be a guest of the University of Tehran and understand how Iranian students see their future – Wander around Mosques, Persian Gardens, Palaces and Old Villages of thousand years old – Meet with Iranian journalists and local NGOs which help refugees – Know more about Islam and their religious leaders … See MoreSee Less
#今晚中大有講座 【被遺忘的北韓二千五百萬人 Whom are forgotten : the 25 millions North Koreans】
Behind Kim Jong Un , Nuclear Weapons and missiles, 25 millions North Koreans are often missed out in the public discussion when we talk about North Korea. Do we understand North Koreans? How should we understand more about their way of lives?
講員 Speaker: Rubio Chan 場地 Venue: 中大善衡書院陳震夏館G05研討室 G05 , CCH Hall, S. H. Ho Colege, CUHK 日期 Date: 8.3.2018 時間 Time: 7:45 – 9:00 p.m.