Name: Yun Hwang
City, State: Daejeon, Korea
How did you get interested in global issues? It is rather impossible to ignore global issues once you have been exposed as I have been through international volunteering (Philippines, Malaysia, Korea), UNICEF, and Habitat for Humanity. I volunteered at local orphanages in Korea. It hurts to watch how much they lack not only financially but also emotionally. I also volunteered through Habitat for Humanity where we built homes and spent time at orphanages in Philippines and Malaysia. It haunted me that I can only do so much and it will never be enough. But even a small difference can be a big difference for someone’s life. UNICEF is great; I think every college student should join their college UNICEF chapter.
What do you do when you’re not fighting global poverty?
- Yoga: great for my back and sanity.
- Read: currently reading Neil Barofsky’s Bailout and rereading The Great Gatsby
- Blog: mostly on Twitter & Google+. Follow me @andsoilove
- Hike: Seattle is perfect for hiking
- Bike: recently switched to a Novara touring bike; I named him Tsuri.
What have you learned/found interesting since joining The Borgen Project? That the world is not so sad. There are people, lots of them, trying to help the cause. Great to see so much momentum in this field. Best part of The Borgen Project is that the idea is simple and the people are simply great. Everyone, student or not, should learn about what we do.
Any interesting tidbits to share? I like sandwiches.
– Shannon Keith