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James Paek

Activist/Public Speaker
James Paek is a student at University of Georgia and an activist. His father was born in Gwangju, South Korea, a city where it endured atrocities in the 1980s during Chun military regime and his mother was born in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a city where it is going to be host site for the 2018 winter Olympics and close approximately to North Korea. His first maternal grandmother was born in North Korea and defected during the Korean War, a country committed widespread human rights abuse and worst atrocities which it continues today. He is currently working on blogs for Students for Liberty, a non-profit organization that helps educate and raise awareness about freedom and liberty around the world. He published several blogs regarding to current events: Sanctions against North Korea are a Failure, Why Charlotte Can’t Fix?, Is Global Freedom of Expression Dangerous?, What Moon Jae-in’s Election in South Korea Means for the Peninsula and Beyond, and Time to Rethink North Korean Sanctions. He speaks three languages: English, Korean, and German. He is passionate about human rights, political activism, environmental activism, and other issues that can affect citizen’s lives. His hobbies are reading articles, debate, volunteer, and watch Korean dramas. In May 2014, he enlisted and served in the Georgia Army National Guard but discharged due to medical reasons. Also, he served as an ambassador for People to People International, National Young Leaders Forum, Global Young Leaders Conference, and One Young World. In July 2016, James completed his volunteer at Freedomfest through Students for Liberty and continues to support the organization for advancement for freedom and liberty. His experience at Freedomfest empowered him to become more active in liberty and freedom. James completed his Associate of Arts degree in Political Science at University of North Georgia on May 2017. James has served several leadership positions in the past: Vice-President of Asian Student Association, Vice-President of Young Americans for Liberty at Georgia Gwinnett College, President of History Club, President of Political Science Student Association at University of North Georgia, and Online University of North Georgia Student Ambassador. Last year, James began his public speaking at the ISFLC 2016. His speech entitled “Liberty in the Korean Peninsula” focused on human rights violation within the Korean peninsula and lifestyle on North Korean defectors. His areas of expertise are American politics, international affairs, Korean politics, economics, poverty, current events, and environment. In March 2017, he completed his forty hours of community service in New River Valley, Virginia with a group of twenty students focused on rural poverty from an organization called IMPACT UGA. In May 2017, James is an alumni at the Leadershape Institute, a six-day leadership development experience introducing student participants to various aspects and issues relating to personal and group leadership, leading with integrity, and creating personal goals for the future. Recently, James spoke to numerous organization: Liberty in North Korea, RefUGA, Georgia International Leadership Conference, Collegiate Leadership Conference, IMPACT UGA, Ignite: Social Justice Retreat, Amnesty International, Korean Undergraduate Student Association, and Leadershape. He is expected to attend and complete Mises Institute in July.. James continues to devote on his commitment for community service and raise awareness to the public through public speaking.