Interview with Korean Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Han Duk-soo
Ambassador Han Duk-soo was appointed by President Lee Myung-bak as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of the America on January 18, 2009. He presented his Letter of Credence to President Barack Obama on May 20, 2009. Before the appointment, Ambassador Han served as the 38th Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea after his nomination was approved by the National Assembly on April 2, 2007, and he worked in that capacity until February 2008.
Prior to serving as Prime Minister, Ambassador Han held numerous high-ranking positions in the Korean government. In 2006, he was named Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Facilitating KORUS FTA following his service as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economy. Before being named Minister of Government Policy Coordination in early 2004, he worked as President of the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade.
The success story of South Korea, as heard from His Excellency Ambassador Han is very intriguing. In reply to a question, Ambassador Han said, “One must always keep one’s mind open and be willing to participate in the local community. Studying abroad can be a richly rewarding experience for those who learn the host country’s language and try to sympathize or internalize its cultural perspectives. Students should try to think of themselves as representatives of their home countries because their interactions with host-country citizens will affect, for better or worse, those citizens’ views of the student’s home country.”
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