Cultural ambassadors are honoredThe Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism designated 12 artists from around the world as cultural ambassadors of the year on Thursday.
“The ministry’s Korean Culture and Information Service recognizes people who have shared Korean culture abroad and pitched into the branding of the country,” the ministry said in its statement on Thursday.
The 12 artists include Kim Ki-ra, who assisted in the opening of a new Korean Cultural Center in Brazil and its architectural design; Park Sul-nyeo, a hanbok (Korean traditional dress) designer, who cooperated with the Korean Culture and Information Service in running a cultural event on hanbok for foreign residents in Korea since 2016; Grace Koh, who teaches Korean literature classes at SOAS University of London - a class that the translator of Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian” (2015), Deborah Smith, took; and Georges Arsenijevic, a French employee of the Korean Cultural Center in Paris who has been working there since 1986, who, according to the ministry, has raised awareness of Korean culture among artists, media representatives and government officials.
The award includes commendation from the Korean minister of culture and will be presented to the recipients living abroad at their local Korean Cultural Centers.
By Esther Chung