Rufina Park

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Seoul, South Korea

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France 24

Rufina Park


Rufina Park is a bilingual (English/Korean) journalist and researcher based in Seoul, South Korea. She works with organizations such as Radio France International, France 24, New York Times T Brand Studio, and Volvo Magazine. She is also the Creative/Editorial Director of Ottiya, an international magazine + platform for new visions in creative learning.

She has a solid background in Asia-Pacific political economy and is extremely versatile on various topics related to the two Koreas. She has experience researching/reporting/translating for topics on the Korean peninsula such as current affairs, politics, technology, PR (branding), social innovation, sports (speed skating), music, arts and culture, human stories, North Korea. In addition, she's adept at storyboarding, editing, and directing storytelling on various mediums-including, but not limited to-radio, tv, and print media. 

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(December 7, 2019 | reporting for France 24's Live English News Service) North Korea has carried out a "very important" test at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media KCNA reported on Sunday, a rocket testing ground that U.S. officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close.

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I was the reporter for BBC World Radio episode entitled "The smart city: Seoul, South Korea" for the show The Compass (aired on February 6, 2019)


I interviewed and wrote a feature story for Volvo Group about Lee Sang In, a truck driver who drives a Volvo FH540 in South Korea. The story highlighted how Volvo helps Lee to live out his passion and support his family despite his physical disabilities. The story was published in the February 2018 issue of the Volvo Group Magazine, which has a circulation of approx. 80,000 copies and is translated into 13 languages.


I helped the New York Times T Brand Studio to craft an advertorial for Korean Air from the early stages of scouting the local talent to writing the final copy.

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I have been reporting on breaking news stories re: North Korean nuclear proliferation crisis and Kim Jung Un for France24's English News service since January 2018.


Short op-ed written after BC, Canada announced a $6million budget for a K-12 coding curriculum.


Audio conversation with Doyeon Kim, Founder of an education NGO called "JUMP" in South Korea for the Harvard Alumni for Education


An article exploring South Korea's educational dilemmas and how young social entrepreneurs might provide a solution to the broken education system. Written for the Harvard Kennedy School Review and published in July 2015.


A presentation (in English) on how South Korea is changing their education system to prepare students for the Creative Economy. This presentation is based on a report I wrote on the same topic for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in June 2016. The report can be downloaded here:

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