Tourist who became a volunteer to help locals

After visiting North Korea for the first time in 2008, Mr Calvin Chua believed that more could be done to help the locals, and started conducting workshops for them through non-profit organisation Choson Exchange.
After visiting North Korea for the first time in 2008, Mr Calvin Chua believed that more could be done to help the locals, and started conducting workshops for them through non-profit organisation Choson Exchange.PHOTO: FIONA TAN

Singaporean Calvin Chua, 33, visited North Korea for the first time in 2008 as a tourist seeking to satiate his deep-seated interest in Cold War history and politics.

The trip, however, not only enriched his understanding of one of the last vestiges of the Cold War, but also sparked his interest in helping the people he met.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Tourist who became a volunteer to help locals'. Print Edition | Subscribe