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 every season of A Long Road Home, we’ll feature a story of an individual who works in the on-demand economy and has overcome adversity to be where they are today. 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.