Season 1:Charles Ryu:
From Escaping from North Korea to driving a Lyft In Silicon Valley
In our first season, we tell the story of Cheol "Charles" Ryu, who is a refugee from North Korea. Against all odds, Charles has survived being abandoned by his family, becoming a prisoner of the North Korean government, and being an indentured slave in a coal mine. He daringly escaped from North Korea when he was 17 and now lives in the South Bay, where he works for Lyft and studies software engineering.
In this, our second episode, of our first season, Charles tells us about his relationship with his estranged father, how he was recaptured by the North Korean government, why he ended up working in a coal mine, and what life is like as a homeless child in North Korea. It's an amazing story, so let's get to it!
In this, our third and final episode, Charles tells us about when he decided to attempt to successfully escape North Korea. While most of our story to this point has been a centered around Charles’ struggles, today we’re going to tell you about his miraculous departure from North Korea and his adjustment to life in the United States.