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Date 17.06.30 Hit 515
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UnYong KIM's Memoir 70 (Graphys)


              


    70 Let your beloved children travel

 


 


I am a father of 1 son and 2 daughters. All my children are living abroad. It’s not something that I had wanted for them, but it could be because they were born in the U.S, as children of a diplomat father. They have all attended prominent schools and are doing well.

The son Junghoon followed my footsteps to graduate Yonsei as a journalism and media major, and studied business at Clark university graduate school in the U.S. He has worked at the financial department in NBC, and is now runs a business firm in Korea. My son’s wife also majored in music (violin) at Ehwa.

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With my wife

Currently, she is running a music college in America and is currently President of New York Korean Resident Association. They have two children.
The head of a family is the smallest social unit. The foundation that keeps the family together is the love and trust between parents and children. Parents must believe in their children, and children must respect their parents. My children made their own decisions for their futures.

I once really considered becoming a pianist. I once wanted to become a diplomat. I did not fully accomplish any of these due to Korean War, but it seems like my children have completed these dreams for me.

The second daughter and my youngest, Haejung was born while I was  at the UN headquarters in New York. Maybe that was why she was more independent than others.

She had an acute sense in music ever since she was young, started to play the piano at age 4, and in elementary school she qualified at an audition for a music event hosted by the City orchestra of Seoul.

Haejung voluntarily practiced the piano, and we never forced her to play it. Friends and relatives would compliment her after listening to her play, but my wife and I asked them not to compliment her too much. We didn’t want her to feel superior or arrogant. Many children grew up to be brats because the parents complimented them too much. That is why my wife and I decided to never comment about practicing the piano.

She graduated from Juilliard School, and won many prizes such as 1st prize at Köln International competition, De Angelo and Juilliard Competition, and played Orchestra with Maestro, Rolin Mager, Detour, Rozdeusvenoky, and Published many CDs in Russia, Germany, USA and Korea. Samaranch called her an Olympic Pianist as she played in Seoul, Barcelona, Paris, Atlanta during Olympics. 

As a father, there are times I want to boast about my daughter. I guess all parents are the same. However, on the other hand, even in the world of art, there were times when I was criticized out of jealousy. Due to some unfortunate incidents, there were times when I felt sorry to Haejung as a father. She is married to Henry Oh, President of “Global Tour” in Korea. He is also President of Korean Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association.


 



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