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  • Who Is Tony Kim? North Korea Has Detained A Korean-American University Professor

    On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported that North Korea had detained an American citizen at the Pyongyang international airport. According to CBS News, Tony Kim is one of three American citizens currently in North Korean custody.

    It was not clear on Sunday if North Korean officials had confirmed Kim’s arrest, but the Swedish embassy in North Korea said that the incident occurred as Kim was trying to board a flight out of North Korea’s capital city. The Swedish embassy represents American interests in North Korea, since the U.S. does not formally maintain relations with Kim Jong-Un’s government.

    It also wasn’t clear on Sunday exactly when the incident took place. CNBC reported that Kim was detained on Friday, while CNN and CBS News reported his arrest as occurring on Saturday. Also unknown were Kim’s charges, if any.

    What is clear, though, is Kim’s reason for being in the controversial country. According to various media reports, Kim is a Korean-American professor who had been teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). Kim, who is reportedly in his 50s, also goes by his Korean name, Kim Sang-duk.

    • Occasion de découvrir la #PUST, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology

      Inside North Korea’s Western-funded university - BBC News
      (février 2014, avec une vidéo incorporée)

      In the heart of North Korea’s dictatorship, a university - largely paid for by the West - is attempting to open the minds of the state’s future elite. The BBC’s Panorama has been granted unique access.
      Entering the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, it is immediately clear this is no ordinary academic institution.
      A military guard salutes us as our vehicle passes through the security checkpoint. Once inside the campus we hear the sound of marching and singing, not more guards but the students themselves.
      They are the sons of some of the most powerful men in North Korea, including senior military figures.
      Our supreme commander Kim Jong-un, we will defend him with our lives,” they sing as they march to breakfast.

    • séminaire de statistiques à la PUST…

      PSI Instructor Dr. Rene Paulson and her students in Statistics Primer gathered together after the last day of her class.

      In North Korea, GW Lecturer Teaches Statistics | GW Today | The George Washington University
      Justin Fisher said he was surprised by how similar North Korean and GW students are.

      July 23, 2012
      After spending a week in North Korea as part of a Statistics Without Borders program, George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs Lecturer Justin Fisher is sure his summer students now have a better understanding of survey sampling, computer analysis and how (some) Americans greet each other.

      They were quick to pick up the fist bump,” said Mr. Fisher, who taught it to students one day over lunch. “They probably think Americans greet each other like that all the time!”

      Mr. Fisher, B.A./B.S. ’97, was one of 13 professors who recently taught a combined seven courses for the Pyongyang Summer Institute (PSI) in survey science and quantitative methodology in North Korea. PSI is an international teaching program at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

      In the mornings, Mr. Fisher, who is also a senior statistician at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, led a survey sampling class and, in the afternoons, he taught computer analysis. He said that, although he didn’t initially know what to expect from his students, he found commonalities with GW students, and they were friendly, eager and curious about Americans “despite the usual rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea.”

      My biggest surprise was how similar the students were to those at GW: just a group of kids working hard to understand the material and get good grades to secure the best job for their future,” Mr. Fisher said.