Humans of North Korea (HNK) is a social practice group that stands for human rights advocacy for the North Korean defectors in the United States. HNK educates the public about global citizenship through the complex identities and socio-political history of the Korean heritage. HNK members actively engage in developing public forums to disperse different ways to perceive North Korea.
HNK leaders study the society and politics of North Korea, South Korea, and their international relationships with surrounding countries, such as the United States of America and China. Volunteering and collaborating with North Korean defector organizations in the United States and non-profit institutions, HNK contributes cultural and communal activities to engage with the North Korean defectors. HNK organizes activities such as home cooking, art and design workshops, and various tours observing museums, cultural centers, and regional neighborhoods.
Through community activities, HNK helps to dismantle the historical prejudice that was created by the media’s rhetoric on North Korean dictatorship and nuclear threats. It also brings awareness of the two Korea’s political history and identity. HNK's such interactive activities create a focal point for the personal relationship with the North Korean immigrants who can share their knowledge of the country as well as their skills with others. HNK formalizes these in-person experiences and studies in various public platforms, including symposia, lecture series, exhibitions, roundtable discussions, and film screenings.