January 10, 2013 — Each year, around 2,000 North Koreans, the vast majority of them women, arrive in South Korea. They make the dangerous trip to South Korea, usually through China, in search of a better life. Yet for most North Koreans living in the South, economic opportunities remain just out of reach. Newly arrived in large, fast-paced cities like Seoul and Busan, North Koreans often find it difficult to adapt and fit in, and often lack the education and modern skill sets required to make a living in South Korea’s competitive economy.
Now, thanks to generous funding from the Kahng Foundation, some of these women from North Korea will attend Ewha Womans University, one of the top universities in South Korea. The Asia Foundation will facilitate the scholarships.
The Stephen and Maria Kahng Scholarships for North Korean Women will help eight North Korean women, who would not otherwise have the financial means to attend university, to obtain a world-class education at Ewha Womans University. With a university education, the scholarship recipients will be better equipped to secure well-paying jobs and thrive in South Korea.