Citizen reporter Yeong-mi Lee’s articles are full of humanism. She has a hearing impairment and is therefore more able to perceive difficulties which the able-bodied unconsciously overlook. For instance, she wrote pertinent articles exploring the perspectives of the disabled. Also, her story about spending time with her daughter provides a treasured experience for her readers.
It was only by accident that she became a citizen reporter for OhMyNews.
“At the age of 38, I had to become independent, with no accommodation or medical insurance. It was an extremely lonely moment, and at that time I was truly desperate to overcome my terrible condition, not only physically but mentally, by communicating with people around the world. A father in a Catholic church suggested writing to me over the Internet.”
OhMyDoctor has helped her to improve her writing ability, she said.
“By writing reports in OhmyNews, I learned to strike a balance between rationality and sensibility.”
She has been a human rights activist and a representative of a women’s rights organization for the last 13 years. She is also a calligrapher and a teacher in a community center. She would like to continue writing articles, shedding more light on art and culture.
* OhmyNews is an online newspaper website with the motto “Every Citizen is a Reporter,” which is based on citizen journalism.
*OhMyDoctor: a program for citizen reporters who are not yet qualified to be featured on the main page. It is organised by the editorial team of OhMyNews.
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