May 19, 2013

Vank 6th Global Korean History Dimplomat Orientation!

Hello! I was chosen as Vank 6th Global Korean History Diplomat! So I attended the orientation to learn about activities as a Global Korean History Diplomat and the facts about Dokdo and East Sea that are falsely represented by Japan.

First of all, I'd like to introduce "VANK", which is a cyber diplomatic organization that gave me an opportunity to work as a Global Korean History Diplomat.
VANK (Voluntary Agency Network of Korea) is a cyber diplomatic organization which started in 1999 when a young man exchanged an e-mail with a foreign friend. He was shocked that his foreign friend knew very little about Korea or possessed incorrect information about Korea. He started to dream that if one Korean had 5 foreign friends and was able to teach them correct information about Korea, one day, 6 billion friends around the world would have a holistic understanding of Korea. Thus Korea would be able to be a “friend” of the world, after creating close relationships with other countries. Now, there are 70,000 VANK members who have the same dream of becoming cyber diplomats to let the world know about Korea and carry the vision of ‘Korea, as being the hub of Asia and gateway to Northeast Asia; along with being a country which shares its dream, friendship and business with all people around the world.’ They spare no effort in realizing this vision by helping the world get to know Korea on the Internet as cyber diplomats.

I heard from a wide array of speakers from the Vank and the Northeast Asian History Foundation. It reminded me the activities that I introduced to my foreign friends and visitors of my blog about Korean culture, history and useful tips when I was a middle school and high school student.

The orientation was mainly focused on Dokdo and East Sea. Let me introduce about Dokdo briefly.
"Dokdo". An island at the eastern end of Korea. It is close to another Korean island, Ulleungdo. Korea has been legitimately exercising its sovereignty over Dokdo. Korean police and military personnel protect the airspace and waters around Dokdo. Korean national laws are being enforced on Dokdo and under international law, Dokdo undoubtedly belongs to Korea. However, Japan is claiming sovereignty over Dokdo.  - May we speak?
I, as a global Korean History Diplomat, will introduce and let you know about true history about Korea especially about Dokdo and Korean fabulous tourist destination. :) Vank and the Northeast Asian History Foundation prepared some great Korea promotional items! I would like to give these items to my foreign friends and people who want to know deeply about Korean culture and History.
Lastly, I exchanged a paper plane with 'Dohyun Cha'. He/She wants to be a historian. I wish his/her dream comes true. :)
I will do my best to be a Global Korean History Diplomat. Wish me luck!

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