Professor, priest granted Korean citizenship
Dr. Martine Prost, 64, from France was involved in the movement calling for the return of the “Oegyujanggak,” the Korean royal archives looted in 1866 by French incursion, while Italian priest Bordo Vincenzo, 58, built the first indoor free food service facility in Korea .
Prost served as a professor of Korean studies at Paris Diderot University ? Paris 7 from 1983 to 2011. Along with other French intellectuals, she formed a group in 2010 to urge France to return the “Oegyujanggak.” The archives were returned in 2011.
She married a Korean man in 1983 and was awarded the Cultural Medal by the Korean government in 2009 in recognition of her efforts to inform Europeans about Korean culture.
With certificates of Korean nationality for merit, the two can maintain dual nationality without giving up their original one.
At the ceremony, Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong said, “I’m grateful for your devoting activities for Korea. Please keep on contributing to increase the international status of Korean culture.”
BY KIM BAEK-KI [firstname.lastname@example.org]