“I am incredibly honored to receive AWIB’s scholarship award. This opportunity has come at the perfect time for me, as I have always been challenged by the call to go beyond the theoretical classroom experience and uncover the tangible realities of international human rights law and community development. Through various forms of social engagement in this field, I hope to continue asking the question, 'What are the real-world implications of what I am learning, and where do I fit?' Thanks to AWIB’s vision for women in my generation, exciting new doors have become available to me.”
- Nahrie Chung, Class of 2016
Nahrie Chung is a sophomore at Princeton University majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Global Health and Health Policy. A tireless advocate for North Korean human rights, Nahrie was only a rising junior in high school when she traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to volunteer at a refugee resettlement organization for North Korean defectors. While there she was able to learn first-hand about the plight of the North Korean people by sharing meals and stories with the 23 North Korean refugees. After hearing the stories of torture they endured in North Korean prison camps and their near death experiences as they searched for food and freedom, Nahrie was determined to tell the world about the suffering of the North Korean people.
Upon her return to the States, Nahrie spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, in support of a bill for the adoption of North Korean refugee orphans (H.R. 1464) and created her own startup nonprofit organization called Project North Korea in 2011. Project North Korea is a human rights organization that is dedicated to spreading awareness of North Korea-related issues and raising funds for U.S. organizations operating within North Korea. As the organization’s founder and president, Nahrie launched a speaking tour called “Voice for the Voiceless,” during which she traveled around the country to give presentations about North Korean human rights issues at various high schools, universities, churches, and student organizations. Project North Korea’s “One Goat One Loaf” campaign recently raised $10,000 to provide year-long lunches to 126 school children and 36 milk goats to rural families in North Korea.
At Princeton, Nahrie continues to advocate for the North Korean people as the Publicity Chair for Princeton for North Korean Human Rights (PNKHR), a student organization dedicated to raising awareness of the North Korean situation. As Publicity Chair, she helped organize PNKHR’s first collegiate conference on North Korea, photographing and documenting the event and coordinating communications outreach with various media agencies. Nahrie dreams of becoming a physician and a making a positive impact in countries like North Korea through contributions to global health policies and programs.