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As we honor the birthday of perhaps the greatest President in our history - Abraham Lincoln, I vividly remember Abe Lincoln being one of father’s favorite American heroes as well. He read countless books and watched many videos on the life of our 16th President. Dad also had the honor of meeting two presidents of the Republic of Korea, including Chun Doo-Hwan (pictured) and Lee Myung-Bak. Both presidents presented him with the nation’s highest civilian award and medal of honor for his service to the country, contributions to the sport of Tae Kwon Do and his work with the Korean community in the United States and abroad.

My father also received South Korea’s second highest civilian award from President Park Chung-Hee and was friends with his daughter and incoming President - Park Geun-Hee. He was close friends with the husband of Park Chung-Hee’s cousin and often stayed over his family home when they were both classmates in college. Dad was a strong supporter of Park Geun-Hee and would have no doubt been very proud of the election of Ms. Park as the nation’s new and first female president if he lived to see this moment.

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists and topples with strong winds

Japanese Proverb


Bamboo forest somewhere in the city of Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province, South Korea - May 2009

Gom-tang 곰탕 (beef brisket, entrails, bone and tripe soup), from a small but popular seolleongtang place called Hadongkwan in Seoul, Korea. It’s the best soup I’ve had at a restaurant anywhere and perhaps the best meal I had while on my trip to South Korea in May 2009 with my parents.

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