With an academic background in women’s studies and social policy, I had been putting my primary focus on social change: how to transform the structures that don’t support the well-being of women and social minorities. Encountering Nonviolent Communication (NVC), I became aware that social change requires changing ourselves within while working on changing external structures. Since then, I direct my passion into supporting people who seek to create peace within themselves and to transform “enemy images” of others.
Since 2006, I have worked with the Korean Center for Nonviolent Communication, organizing NVC trainings, sharing NVC, and offering NVC-based mediation. I also support people in conflict — such as couples going through divorce and teens in school bullying cases — by facilitating their conversations in family courts and police stations.
My overarching passion is to contribute to healing and reconciliation among those of us who have experienced a long period of geographical division and psychological disconnection between South and North Korea. For this vision, I have been finding ways to share NVC with women in the North Korean diaspora. In addition, I have a passion for helping people in their personal and organizational development.
- Conflict Transformation
- Education (including schools and youth programs)
- Family and Interpersonal Relationships
- Restorative Justice (including prison work)
- Social Change